Crafted by Hand is one of the best artists and makers events of the year and it takes place in Masham on Sunday, July 1. You’ll find everything from a giant dream catcher and ceramic folk tales to award-winning craft.
The event features 40 of the region’s best makers. It also offers the chance to see inside Masham’s beautiful Edwardian town hall. The civic building will be transformed into an emporium of contemporary, design-led art and crafts featuring jewellery, ceramics, glass, sculpture, printmaking, and much more. Visitors can also contribute to the giant dream catcher with funds raised going to the Make A Wish Foundation.
Crafted By Hand has revitalised the idea of craft fairs and aims to reveal the skill and passion of contemporary makers through demonstrations. There are two special showcases, including ceramic art Harrogate based Anna Whitehouse. Her inspiration come from her love of the Yorkshire landscape. She is joined by Jennie McCall whose award winning sculptural ceramics are shown across the UK and abroad. She uses porcelain to depict influences from story and folklore.
Textile artists will include the renowned Marna Lunt, who recently appeared on BBC4’s Make with her hand-stitched and illustrated creations, and Dear Emma. Covetable items for the home include A Northern Light’s illustrated lampshades, and Ali Appleby’s contemporary botanical soft furnishings. Garden gorgeousness comes in the form of willow sculptures from Dragon Willow and sculptural benches from Adrian Wood artist Blacksmith. On a smaller scale, there is jewellery in precious metals and stones from Sheffield jewellers Adele Taylor and Mark Veevers and you can watch glass beads being made by Suzanne Tweddle.
Organisers Josie Beszant and Charlotte Morrison are both professional artist/makers themselves. Josie, who runs Masham gallery says: “We decided that showing people how work is made and letting visitors make things themselves was just as important as showcasing great pieces. So visitors can watch and take part in all kinds of different crafts including weaving, blacksmithing, even paper cutting and making ceramic animals.”
Crafted by Hand takes place on Sunday 1st July, at Masham Town Hall, in North Yorkshire and is open daily from 10am – 4pm. Entry is £2 for adults, under 16’s 50p. For more details visit www.by-handevents.com