...at Bovey Tracey, Devon, 9-11 June 2017
|Adam Cornish turns contemporary wooden vessels|
|One of Jane Crisp’s steam-bent wooden baskets||Kevin Hutson’s turned pieces display an Asian influence|
Back for its 13th consecutive year, this event will take place in the beautiful setting of Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon from 9-11 June 2017.
The three-day event is designed to showcase the finest makers from across the country. Over 200 woodturners, jewellery makers, textile designers, metal and leather workers, potters, silversmiths and many more, have been carefully selected by industry specialists to exhibit at the show with the aim of raising the profile of quality contemporary craft.
While promoting the skills of experienced designers and makers is at the heart of the festival’s remit, supporting new businesses is something event director, Sarah James, is extremely passionate about. The 2016 event saw the launch of the StartUp campaign, giving 20 of the latest makers the opportunity to exhibit their work at the festival, while The Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme introduces their exclusive newcomers.
What’s more, this year’s festival programme is brimming with workshops, such as ‘Into the Woods’, which celebrates British woodland craft skills demonstrations, exhibitions, children’s activities and entertainment, street theatre, festival food and live music, as well as their two most popular attractions: The Vintage Craft Cinema and The Pottery Showdown, featuring stars from the BBC show.
It’s going to be hard to beat last year’s event, which saw over 10,000 visitors attending, but the organisers have promised that this year’s festival will be even bigger and better than ever.
To find out more, see their website
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