Craft events

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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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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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The Great Northern continues to champion new makers!

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The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair celebrates its 10th anniversary when it opens its doors this weekend. Amongst the 150 exhibiting makers, there’ll be some familiar faces – some of whom have supported the show since it launched back in 2008 – and a host of new-comers. Once again the Great Northern Graduate Showcase will […]

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Our highlights from The Contemporary Craft Festival 2017

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The build up to any large event involves a huge amount of preparation for both the organisers and the exhibitors. More than 30 of our makers were part of the 200 selected to show their work last weekend at The Contemporary Craft Festival in Devon. Months of planning, researching ideas, making stock and designing displays […]

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Maker’s Choice: The Contemporary Craft Festival 2017

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In just a few days time makers of some of the best contemporary craft from all around the UK will be arriving in our hometown of Bovey Tracey in Devon for The Contemporary Craft Festival. We’re just a little excited!! This event is the highlight on the craft show calendar for so many people – […]

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The power of objects: An interview with Ruth Singer

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Ruth Singer describes herself as an “explorer and investigator of objects, stories, places, materials and memories…fascinated by material culture, history and the power of objects in human lives and the importance of making and remembering.” Fragments are found, stitched into and embellished, creating new Precious Objects. In this interview, Ruth tells us about the influences behind her […]

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Simply Cheshire: A conversation with Dionne Swift & Tone von Krogh

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Simply Cheshire will be returning to Arley Hall and Gardens near Northwich for a second year, showcasing a selection of Cheshire’s talented, independent designers, makers and producers. We’ve often heard makers say that it can be hard exhibiting in a show’s first year, but the first Simply Cheshire was clearly a success because madebyhandonline makers Tone von […]

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Treasure hunting and treasure making with Claire Read of Little Burrow Designs!

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We recently attended the opening of the ‘Get Fresh’ exhibition at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and it was really fantastic. It showcases work by 15 new or emerging designer-makers from the south west of England, resulting in an exciting and strong mix of diverse approaches to materials and design. This is a great opportunity to […]

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