June 10, 2013 § 2 Comments

I got back from the Contemporary Craft Festival late last night, tired but happy. Having experienced it now, I can totally see why so many makers say that it is the fair they enjoy most in the year. We were extremely lucky with the weather, scorching – by all accounts, it flooded last year. The event is a country craft fair of the highest calibre, so there are exhibitions from the local craft guilds and associations; workshop demonstrations; talks; lovely children’s activities, including an amazing Punch and Judy show. One of the strengths, I think, is that all these activities take place in a relatively small, confined area, which means that there is a constant audible hum of appreciation. One visitor likened it to the sound of the hum at Lords’s cricket ground on a hot summer’s afternoon.


The event is extremely well supported. Above is a picture of the queue at opening time on the Saturday morning. The Sunday was the quietest day but the other two, and the Private View evening, were packed pretty much all day.


This was the view from my stand.


Clive Bowen was demonstrating just outside my tent. You can see his wheel with a large jug that he has thrown. He is standing behind it in overalls and hat. He was charm personified, a lovely man, and I bought one of his jugs as an inspiration piece. I will post a picture of it another time.


This was the children’s area.


You could have a go yourself.


The TALKtipi, I think it was called.

It’s a great show for makers. The organisers looked after us extremely well. They put on a cheap campsite, which was great because that was where most of the makers stayed. So, rather than at most fairs where makers go their separate ways at night, we all went to the chip shop together, sat around the camp fire, and enjoyed a wonderful ceilidh. We also went up onto Dartmoor for some stunning views and a peak at the sea in the distance.

I shall definitely be applying again and hoping very much that I am selected.

Just to say, thank you so much to all those that left comments for the giveaway, which is now closed. The contributions were fantastic, people are making such wonderful things. I will draw out a recipient this week. 


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