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Posted 20.07.16

In Pictures: The Contemporary Craft Festival 2016

By Sarah Packer

The Contemporary Craft Festival hosts over 200 designer-makers from across the UK each year.

We were back for another year at The Contemporary Craft Festival with students and staff assisting The Festival Pottery Showdown – alongside our own stand filled with a diverse range of student work, from ceramics and jewellery to illustration and textiles.

The multi award-winning event welcomed almost 10,000 visitors to Bovey Tracey and showcased over 200 of the UK's finest makers, with many saying it had been their most successful craft fair ever.

Beautiful hanging geometric lights by crafts students Zaleika Bratchley.

This year’s festival saw the launch of ‘The Festival Pottery Showdown’ – which we partnered with – where visitors were able to go head to head and test their pottery skills against the finalists from the hit BBC TV series, The Great Pottery Throw Down.

"It was a joy from beginning to end and I’d say it was our best festival ever!” — Sarah James, Organiser.

Organiser Sarah James said, “The Contemporary Craft Festival 2016 was a great success. We welcomed close to 10,000 visitors and the weather shone through here and there! It was a joy from beginning to end and I’d say it was our best festival ever!”

Textured open bowls by ceramics student Chloe Burke.

Minister for Heritage, Tourism and Sport, David Evennett MP attended the event and said, “This event is not only one of the highlights of the craft calendar but also a fantastic draw for tourists.

"It has been a delight to meet the passionate craftsmen and women and see the wonderful array of talent and work on show.”

BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing grad Eleanor Gooch had her own stand at the show selling her geometric jewellery.

Technical Demonstrator Dan Chapple had a range of pieces showcasing the diverse surface qualities that can be achieved with Raku.