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Why do you buy handmade?

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From the archives… We recently ran a competition with UKHandmade to show our support for their Buy Handmade Campaign. Although the winners were picked at random, we asked people to name 2 of their favourite pieces from our site and also to tell us why buying handmade is important – gathering opinion is so valuable […]

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CraftFinder’s interview with Katie – our madebyhandonline director.

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From the archives… The CraftFinder team interviewed our Director Katie for their ‘Meet the Collector’ series and we thought we’d share the interview with you here as well… …Meet Katie Honnor, co-founder and director of the online selling site and contemporary craft community madebyhandonline. With Katie being such a strong advocate for contemporary craft we […]

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A trip to Kigbeare Studios

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From the archives… A couple of weeks ago we had a really enjoyable visit to Kigbeare Studios and Gallery – home to three of our Makers, ceramicist Bethan Jones, jeweller Corrinne Eira Evans and furniture maker Andrew Oliver. It was before the Spring sun came out – a grey and damp Devon day, but still beautiful with bright green bursts of new […]

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The Contemporary Craft Festival: A festival of fun, quality and inspiration!

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From the archives… We can’t believe that 2 weeks ago today we, along with 200 makers from all around the UK, were packing boxes, checking lists and heading to the beautiful riverside park of Bovey Tracey to set up for the Contemporary Craft Festival. There’s no event quite like it – for makers and visitors. Renowned […]

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Commissioning Contemporary Craft

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A post from the archives by madebyhandonline director Katie… At madebyhandonline we encourage customers to engage with the making process and commission our makers to create pieces of work with extra meaning and personal relevance. It creates a real attachment with the finished piece and a heightened appreciation for the skill involved. It’s also such […]

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Benches for York. An interview with Christian O’Reilly

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From the archives… Furniture maker Christian O’Reilly is now back in his workshop in Cornwall following a trip to York to deliver an order that’s been his main focus for the past 6 months. York Art Gallery have been undergoing extensive redevelopment over the last 2 years and Christian was commissioned to design and make their main […]

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Jennifer Collier’s work featured in Milan Design Week!

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From the archives… A few weeks ago we were approached by a multi disciplinary design studio from Germany in charge of designing an exhibition stand for furniture makers Walter Knoll. This wasn’t a stand like those we’re used to at the Craft Festival, or any of the other big UK craft events – this was […]

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The GNCCF and Unit Twelve: A guest blog by Hens Teeth

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Another popular post from the archives from Autumn 2014… We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with lots of people at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last week, including lovely Viv of Hens Teeth. We’re really grateful to Viv for writing this guest post for us. She shares some of her pictures and thoughts about her visit to the […]

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Maker’s Choice with paper artist Alix Swan

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From the archives… In the 3rd of our Maker’s Choice blog series we have a look at the personal contemporary craft collection of paper artist Alix Swan. Alix draws upon rhymes, tales and stories, creating books, collages and brooches that trigger memories and personal associations. We were intrigued to find out what she chooses to buy, […]

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Wabi sabi, seeds and gold: A guest blog by jeweller Belinda Norrington

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From the archives… Jeweller Belinda Norrington draws inspiration from her natural surroundings – the hedgerows, seashore and riverbank, as well as the stunning wathes of forms and colour from her own garden she tends for her cut flower business. Lots of artists and makers are inspired by the natural world, but it can be hard to articulate how […]

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