Category Archives: Craft Fair

Craft in Focus – monthly newsletter


This month’s Featured Makers Lesley and Adrian of Partners in Pewter

Each month we feature the work of a different artist/maker on our website. Take a look and find out about their inspiration, how they create the work and generally what makes them and their work unique.
October: Partners in Pewter
Adrian and Lesley Doble of Partners in Pewter design and make a unique range of gifts in modern pewter. Their skills base allows them to produce tailor-made items for special occasions whether they are formal and prestigious or un-conventional and contemporary.

View the Work
Partners In Pewter and their work can be seen at the following events:

Hyde Hall, Essex – 12-13 October

Wellington College, Crowthorne – 25-27 October

Sevenoaks School – 1-3 November

RHS Garden Wisley – 27 November – 1 December

Contact Us
Tel: 01622 747 325


Craft and Design Experience

Craft and DesignThe Craft & Design Experience will be held from 21-23 June in Henley on Thames and will feature a number of workshops and demonstrations to enable you to experience the creative processes involved in contemporary craft. As well as these workshops and demonstrations, there will be nearly 200 exhibitors displaying and selling their work as well as a wide range of entertainment making this event a must-visit whatever the weather. Here’s a selection of some of the workshops being featured at the event this year. We hope you will try some of these.

Book tickets in advance and save money!

Advance tickets on sale until 6 June. To order telephone 01622 747 325 or visit our website.

Workshops and Activities

Ocarina Playing
Have a go at playing a fully chromatic, concert pitch pottery vessel flutes and ocarinas.

Throw A Pot!
Have a go at throwing on the potter’s wheel. Suitable for all ages. Pots can be fired and glazed. Glaze colours can be seen on the work being exhibited.

Felt Making
This workshop enables you to make your own piece of handmade felt to take away.

Scarecrow Making
A fun workshop for younger visitors wishing to make a scarecrow!

Clay Sculpture
Handbuilding clay sculpture workshop run by international wildlife sculptor, Jan Sweeney.

Didgeridoo Experience
Interactive flute and didgeridoo experience by the maker, Ray Brook.

Batik Workshop
Learn about batik and make your own piece of batik.

Singing Workshop (Saturday only)
The Barberettes are Berkshire’s premier ladies a cappella group renowned for their energetic and passionate renditions of popular songs from the 1920s to the current day. Why not join them in a singing workshop to learn a song in four part harmony?

Demonstrating the art of caricaturing. Drawing on the spot cartoon portraits and contemporary art. Have a caricature done of yourself and your family.

Ceramic Decorating
An enjoyable workshop decorating ceramic hanging ornaments (hearts, animals, beach huts) with mixed media. Ready to take away in an hour and suitable for adults and children.

Make a Fabric Sculpture
Explore your artistic talents and make a beautiful fabric sculpture. Each workshop will consist of between 8-10 people which will allow Susan personally to help and encourage you while you create your own masterpiece to take home. Contact Susan for advance booking and more information:

Blacksmithing Workshop
Have a go a creating your own metalwork to take home!

Don’t miss this exciting event – a showcase of the best handmade designer crafts in the UK. The Craft and Design Experience has earned an enviable reputation for selecting only the very best professional designers, artists and craftmakers and, unlike some other craft events, has a strict policy of not allowing any imported, mass-produced or bought in work to be displayed.

Christmas Fair at Bradwell Abbey


Christmas Fair at Bradwell Abbey

Sunday 2nd December
12 noon – 5pm
Festive Refreshments, Stalls
Carols throughout the day
Children’s Art and Craft Actvities
St Mary’s Chapel open

for information or to book a stall, contact
Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre
01908 227229 or email

Christmas Fair – Red Dot Gallery

We would love you to come along to our upcoming Arts,Crafts and Food Fair at Icknield High School.
Taking place on Saturday 24th November from 12pm – 4pm, the fair will have a Christmas theme so it is the perfect place to find some extra special and original gifts!
Entry is just 50p (free for under 5’s) with all proceeds going to Icknield High School.
If you could help us out by advertising our event anywhere please let us know and we will send you a poster/flyers or simply print out the attached (higher quality) image. Alternatively you could just forward this information to anyone you feel may be interested!
For further information contact me on the address below.
Look forward to seeing some of you there!
Kind Regards,
Sam Lavin
Samantha Lavin
Specialist Schools Community Co-ordinator
Icknield Red Dot Gallery
Icknield High School
Riddy Lane
01582 591903

News from Myra Hutton

Once again I will be exhibiting at Towcester Craft and Design Show, Towcester Racecourse Conference Centre over the weekend of 27th & 28th October 2012. Opening times are 10.00am til 4.30pm. You’ll find me in the same place as before, upstairs opposite the window, It’s a lovely venue with 70 selected Makers and Foodies so plenty of chance to find unique early Christmas presents or a treat for yourself. Full details
Please drop by, I look forward to catching up with you there..

New pieces

I’ve recently been concentrating on celebrating our beautiful British landscape so new pieces are reflecting this with some screen printing creeping into smaller Cotswold pieces, there are also some new Tuscan landscapes and ideal for Christmas presents that won’t break the bank are the new ‘mini pics’.

Just for You

Don’t forget if you want a unique bespoke representation of your favourite landscape then I’m happy to discuss commissioned pieces.

Say Hello!
Like my page
Follow me on Twitter @MyraHuttonPPG
01908 583316

What’s on? Craft in Focus Events

Craft in Focus Events

Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, Crowthorne, 26-28 October

Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, Sevenoaks, 2-4 November

The Christmas Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, RHS Garden Wisley, 21-25 November

Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair

For those of you who love the Craft in Focus Desire Fairs, please note the next one will be in Winchester from 16-18 November showcasing the work of around 80 of the finest independent jewellers and silversmiths in the UK today.

If you are a jeweller or silversmith, please note there are a few spaces left at this event.  Please email Craft in Focus for details.

Children’s Crafter needed for the Woburn Oyster Festival

Is there anyone that could do something crafty for children at Woburn’s Oyster Festival this year? Sue from the Knitting Hut will be there for one day of knitting, but the organisers would like someone for the other day. The Festival takes place on the first weekend in September and there are usually 1500 to 2000 visitors depending on weather so would be good publicity for someone…

If you would like to be involved, or know someone who could help, please let us know and we will pass on your details, or email for more information

Festival of Quilts 17th – 19th August 2012 – NEC

It’s that time of year again – The Festival of Quilts is on at the NEC in Birmingham from 17th -19th August.

This event is organised by Twisted Thread, with the support of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles, and has earned a reputation over the past nine years as the largest, most inspiring quilting event in Europe.

The Festival of Quilts is not just an exhibition. There are gallery exhibitions from leading international artists and groups and a huge range of patchwork & quilting supplies under one roof – with over 250 companies selling unique, hard-to-find patchwork and quilting supplies!

There is also  The Quilt Academy with a stunning programme of nearly 100 masterclasses, workshops and lectures, and the Quick & Easy workshops provide another 154 sessions aimed at beginners.

If you have enough energy left after gazing in wonder at the exhibitions and trawling around the stands, the fun continues in the evening with some fabulous entertainment; a Bollywood night, fashion shows, Shakespeare, a cruise on the Avon – lots to choose from. There’s so much to do you’ll leave buzzing with ideas and inspiration!

This is my favourite exhibition every year.  We’ll be there on 17th – hope to see you too!

More information is on the Twisted Thread website at

Sunday morning – blog time!

This is a great blog – busy, informative and inspiring

Originate Creative Craft and Vintage Fayre – 23rd June at Flitwick Village Hall

This looks like a great Craft and Vintage event with hand made craft and homemade cakes! Make a note in your diary now.

For more details see the poster or contact the organisers at (Don’t forget to mention where you saw the poster!)