Craft events


Championing makers for 15 years! An interview with The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair’s Ann-Marie Franey

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It’s almost time for one of our favourite shows. The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is a curated event celebrating makers and making. It presents a variety of handmade craft, from jewellery to glass, textiles to ceramics, prints, sculpture and more. It oozes quality, yet the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and you’ll find a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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