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 culminated in an extraordinary show of talent, reaching approximately 9,000 visitors. It was a true celebration of makers and making and we had an amazing few days surrounded by so many talented, friendly and inspirational people. With the Private View, followed by the makers’ evening dance and raffle, meals with our maker friends, live music, the Pottery Showdown, let alone the craft itself, it really was a wonderfully social and fun event and we didn’t want it to end!

We were very proud to sponsor the event again and joined our fellow judges on the opening night to present the maker awards. Our Best New Business Award went to textile artist Archana Pathak. Based in London, Archana makes exquisite textiles exploring memory, place and identity using fragments of maps and intricate stitch. We’re really looking forward to having her with us on madebyhandonline very soon. 

Here are just a few of our pictures from the weekend to give you a flavour of the event…

Layers of tactile, delicate surfaces by Emily Notman:

Tone von Krogh Ceramics was busy demonstrating all weekend alongside textile artist Dionne Swift:

Richly textured, playful utensils and vessels by Ann Povey:

Always one to make us smile (jeweller and jewellery!), Helen Noakes:

Each porcelain jug, cup, tea light holder and brooch is a canvas for Katie Almond‘s hand painting and 3D collage:

A treasure trove provided by Claire Read of Little Burrow Designs:

Slipcast ceramics in subtle gradients by Katie Lowe. Congratulations to Katie for winning the Byre Gallery Award:

Beautifully intriguing, embellished tools were part of Ruth Singer‘s Precious Objects collection:

3D printed nylon in incredible colours combined with silver by Katy Luxton:

The finest of creatures standing proud on Anya Keeley‘s stand:

Lampshades, cushions, bags and more by Grace & Favour Home, all made from their own fabric designs:

Extraordinary combinations of wood and precious metals by our award winner from 2016’s show, Adam Cornish:

Beautiful found and made treasures brought together so very cleverly by Liz Cooksey:

Sumptuous colours in enamel, walnut, melamine and silver from Rachel Butlin:

Stunning, highly detailed wall moths and butterfly brooches by Heather Everitt:

And here’s our Best New Business award winner for 2017 Archana Pathak:

Hopefully that’s given you a feel for the huge variety and talent on show at the Festival. It was so lovely to see everyone. Huge thanks and congratulations to Sarah, Nina and the team for putting on such a great show.