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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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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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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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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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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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Team Craft! An interview with Sarah James of Made By Hand Wales…

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Made By Hand Wales The Contemporary Craft Fair returns to Cardiff at the end of this month for its 3rd year. It will  showcase a selected group of 135 makers and artists, set in the beautiful surroundings of Cardiff’s City Hall. At madebyhandonline we are very proud to sponsor the event again and will be helping out during […]

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Craft and tech chime together in ‘BellHouse’

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Last night we went to the launch of a beautiful and exciting project called BellHouse – the first artistic collaboration between Kaleider, EUPORIAS and the Met Office. Kaleider is an organisation based in Exeter, Devon, which brings people together to design, promote and produce extraordinary live experiences. EUPORIAS is a four-year collaborative project exploring climate data, involving 24 partners from […]

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Craft says something…an interview with The GNCCF

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On Thursday evening the doors of the Old Granada Studios in Manchester will open for the preview of 2016’s The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. This exciting show is organised by Great Northern Events NW Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation set up in 2007 by Ann-Marie Franey and Angela Mann. Their aim is to champion high quality and cutting edge contemporary […]

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