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Risk Makers are back! A collaboration between Virginia Graham and Jennifer Collier.

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A couple of years ago we started a new project called Risk Makers which brought together a group of our makers for support and challenge… to play, take risks with their work and develop their practices together. Our makers are based all around the UK and lots of them spend most of their time working […]

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Craft Says… The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

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‘Craft Says Something’. This is the triumphant statement of the team behind The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester. It says that Craft has an impact, but it also invites us to question what that impact is. We caught up with the show’s directors to find out more, with just over 2 weeks to […]

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Just 1 month until Made By Hand Cheltenham…an interview with the director & team MBH!

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In just under a month we’ll be in Cheltenham with the team from Made By Hand Events who’ll be preparing to open the doors of the iconic Town Hall for the second time. Last year’s show was a great success, so we’re really looking forward to seeing all the selected makers, including lots of ours […]

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A new year to Dream, Plan, Do!

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A year spread out ahead can be both exciting and refreshing and daunting and overwhelming. Lots of makers and artists are busy making exhibition plans, designing new ranges and developing their skills, whilst others are finding it hard to find that elusive post-Christmas holiday mojo! Whichever position you’re in, January is a time when we […]

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Makers at Middleport… Libby Ward and Alex Allday

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Two of our makers, jeweller Libby Ward and ceramicist Alex Allday, are based at the historic Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent. They set up their studio called FourMakers back in December 2014… four graduates all based in the midlands, looking to create a platform for contemporary crafts in the area and a studio space where they could […]

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Exploring contrasts…An interview with jeweller Carol Hunt

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Contemporary jeweller Carol Hunt works entirely by hand to create strong, often sculptural, jewellery from silver, gold and precious stones. In our latest maker interview, we caught up with Carol to find out more about her background and inspirations… Tell us a bit about how you’ve got to where you are today?  I always loved making […]

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Move over Mindfulness, Craftfulness is here… a chat with Made By Hand Cardiff director Sarah James

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Whether you like to knit, stitch or get messy with clay, losing yourself in craft has become the go-to activity to combat the stresses and strains of modern life (see the recent article about this in The Telegraph). The ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in all forms of craft is at this weekend’s contemporary craft […]

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MADE LONDON 2018 is open!

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We’re now well and truly into show season and last night we enjoyed a fantastic opening evening at MADE LONDON in Marylebone. Showcasing some of the very best and most original makers of high quality contemporary craft and design, MADE LONDON is a must for makers and craft-buyers alike. As always, this is a beautifully […]

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Fresh designs from ancient landscapes: An interview with jeweller Lucy Spink

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Drawing inspirations from nature and antiquity, jeweller Lucy Spink works from her small workshop in Cornwall. We saw Lucy’s work at The Contemporary Craft Festival in Devon last summer and we were really drawn to the contemporary forms and textures she creates, using very traditional techniques and old hand tools. These organic textures make light and […]

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The great Great Northern is coming!

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It’s nearly time… The award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) will very soon be opening its doors for a celebration of cutting-edge craft and design at the Upper Campfield Market, a Grade II listed Victorian building in the heart of Manchester. This event will begin with a special preview evening on Thursday 11th October […]

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The Contemporary Craft Festival 2018… Risk Makers (Part 2)

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This was the beautiful yurt from Yurts for Life that framed the early stages of our Risk Makers project so perfectly at the Contemporary Craft Festival last weekend. It was such an eye-catching structure, all handmade in Devon. The steam bent woodwork created a curved roof shape with fabulous light and headroom, and we were […]

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The Contemporary Craft Festival 2018…Best in Show of shows! (Part 1)

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It seems unbelievable that a week has already passed since the opening night of this year’s Contemporary Craft Festival here in our hometown of Bovey Tracey in Devon. As with every year, we were excited to catch up with all our maker friends, we were in awe of their incredible work, the town was buzzing […]

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What is Precious? An interview with jeweller Amy Stringer

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Amy Stringer studied Jewellery & Metalwork at Sheffield Hallam University where she became inspired by the city’s combination of modern, industrial architecture and large green spaces. This led her to create an exciting range of jewellery that combines cement with striking silver work and elements from nature. We caught up with Amy to find out […]

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The Risk Makers are coming to The Contemporary Craft Festival!

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In just over 2 weeks it’ll be time for the fantastic Contemporary Craft Festival here in our hometown of Bovey Tracey in Devon. It’ll be the fifteenth year of the show! We’re really proud to be sponsors of this event and our director Katie will be joining the judging panel again for a very privileged […]

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Paperwork: An interview with Hannah Lobley

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We loved hearing how Hannah Lobley became a paper artist by accident! Hannah originally specialised in wood working during her degree, but when she accidentally left a favourite book in the rain and was reluctant to part with it, she started to investigate how she could preserve the papers and celebrate their qualities. This led […]

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Risk Makers…the beginnings of something new.

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In September 2017 we brought together an amazing group of contemporary craft makers from our community on madebyhandonline to explore different approaches to sharing contemporary craft and skills with the public. We had a day of exploration and nourishment in order to discuss ideas for a new model of workshop and to analyse current challenges […]

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Preparing for her next show…a guest post by ceramicist Katie Lowe.

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Lots of our makers will be exhibiting at a new craft and design show in Cheltenham next month, including ceramicist Katie Lowe. Katie uses slip casting to make miniature vessels with a focus on creating subtle gradients of colour. Her stands are always very attractive as she displays her vessels in ‘waves’ of colour, from […]

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Renewal…A discussion with jeweller Sue Gregor about environmental impact.

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The new year often inspires changes, but jeweller Sue Gregor has been working on a significant change to her practice for some months now. Sue is based in Bristol and she’s been making contemporary jewellery using acrylic, silver and real plants since 2005. This year is a kind of renewal. Her process of embossing remains […]

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Applying for The Contemporary Craft Festival: An interview with Festival director Sarah James

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Are you a maker of contemporary craft based here in the UK? Applications are open for the multi award winning The Contemporary Craft Festival June 2018 and the deadline is fast approaching! This event in Devon is one of the UK’s largest and much loved craft events, and the friendly, festival feel makes it a popular choice […]

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Coming soon… Made By Hand Wales 2017

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In just over 2 weeks’ time Cardiff’s prestigious City Hall will be hosting Made By Hand Wales for the 4th year. Organised by the team behind The Contemporary Craft Festival and formerly at Tredegar House near Newport, this contemporary craft event just keeps getting better and better. 135 selected makers will be exhibiting their work, […]

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