Bovey Tracey – The Contemporary Craft Festival: a little preview

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Ceramics and more from Katrin Moye

Both Mr D and I will be packing up the bus and heading to sunny (we hope!) Devon on Thursday for the wonderful Contemporary Craft Festival. It’s the one event that we both take part in so could loosely be categorised as a weekend away together….very loosely!

I am hoping to get a chance to leave the stand (it’s a very busy show so we’ll see) so I can take some snaps for a post event write up but in case I don’t manage it I’ve had a little browse through the exhibitor listings and put together some personal highlights.

It’s an amazing show, one of the best in the country with fantastic exhibitors, lovely food, great entertainment for kids and demonstrations and workshops throughout the day for kids and grown ups alike.

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Spoons by Nic Webb

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If I hadn’t got the bag to end all bags last year from Melissa Simpson I’d be in trouble at Wolfram Lohr’s stand

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Beautiful drawing in 3D by Celia Smith and I thought stitching oyster catchers was hard!

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Lovely collage by Elaine Hughes

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Large scale mosaic drawings by Cleo Mussi

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These hand printed textiles by Megan Alice England look like fun

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And I shall be interested to see if Becky Brown is really as mad as a box of frogs!

Wishing I could go to more Cornwall Open Studios…

We made a brief family outing on Saturday to our friend Chloe Williams’ open studio in Nancledra. Jeweller Chloe and ceramicist Julie Murdoch George had put on a lovely tea party with Pimms and flag topped cup cakes in celebration of the jubilee weekend and the Cornwall Open Studios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a good nosey around the garden and studio, looking at Chloe’s delicate silver and seaglass jewellery and Julie’s funky bright coloured mugs, jugs and bracelets (one of which went home with me!) and then popped over the road to the old chapel that houses the glass blowing workshop of Tim Casey. The big open space inside had lots of mysterious equipment and he was demonstrating making one of his gorgeous rose tinted wine goblets.

The unfortunate thing is Biba does not take kindly to looking round artist’s studios, or craft fairs or anything that involves being quiet, careful and not touching things! So our brush with Cornwall Open Studios was much briefer than Justin and I would have liked! (As the daughter of two crafters we expected better, really we did!)

So I have contented my self with a ramble through the catalogue and perusal of the websites of those featured, not as good as getting a good nosey through peoples houses or as getting to rifle through the oh so tempting seconds tables! But, till the true crafter in her awakens, it will have to do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The curiously named C’est ma place Studio of Dave Cooper.

Beautiful illustrations by Esther Connon are at Krowji studios in Redruth along with many others.

I love these paintings on wood by Jenny Birchall

Wonderful articulated copper sculptures by Michael Chaikin

And finally awesome automata by Jane at Opi works

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