I have recently returned from having a lovely time down in Bovey Tracey at The Contemporary Craft Fair – some info from their website -”The Contemporary Craft Fair was founded in 2003. The Contemporary Craft Fair has grown from 4,000 to 8,000 visitors since it started and has become one of the most prestigious and highly acclaimed craft events in the UK.
The Contemporary Craft Fair came about when three Bovey Tracey craft businesses joined forces and formed a non-profit making company with the aim to bring a large craft Fair to Bovey Tracey. The aim of the Fair was to showcase the very best in British craft and create a new, sustainable and strong market place for contemporary craft but also to bring greater prosperity to the town of Bovey Tracey. The town has a long history of making and at one point up to 15 commercial potteries were running in the area.” www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk
It’s a fab show with lots of really inspiring work from a wide variety of makers. I think what also makes this a great event is the extra activities and demonstrations that take place alongside the show. There’s plenty to entertain the kids, or you can book yourself in for one of the workshops as well as view and purchase work from both emerging and established makers. Although in June you would hope for some glorious sunshine, of which there was some, we did have to contend with rain showers. However even the continual rain on the last day didn’t put off the visitors, proving to be another busy day at the show and actually my best day for sales!
Take a look at this video from the shows 6th year – this year was number 8.