Welcome to Find a Maker

We have spent 20 years creating some of the most beautiful craft festivals in Europe. Along the way, we have gathered a loyal and knowledgeable audience of followers that love and appreciate skillfully, handmade objects. We want to connect our audience with a curated collection of the finest makers, regardless of where they are based.

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MAKER OF THE DAY

Olley Pottery

Simon Olley is a potter and ceramic artist who is fascinated by the relationship that develops between man and man’s best friend. His work combines illustration and sgraffito to depict and celebrate the exciting (sometimes imaginary) life of his Labrador Retriever (the least demanding of supermodels) in permanent, everlasting ceramic form – so much easier to keep clean than the real thing! He also undertakes commissions worldwide for unique pottery often based on owners’ favourite four-legged friends.

Simon Olley is a Selected Member of the Craft Potters Association (CPA).

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    The Capital of Craft Podcast with Sue Pryke

    Recorded Live at Craft Festival Cheltenham March 2023

    The Capital of Craft Podcast with Sue Pryke

    Sue Pryke is an award winning homeware designer and ceramicist with over three decades of experience.

    Sue talks with me, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker infront of a live audience at Craft Festival Cheltenham at the Town Hall in March 2023. Sound qaulity reflects a live setting.

    We talk about Sue’s work and her new book, Design and Create Contemporary Tableware, which is co-authored by Linda Bloomfield.

    She has a wealth of experience lecturing, delivering design in both consultancy, production and in-house roles, to international and High Street retailers and restaurants including IKEA and Marks & Spencer and The Newt. She was awarded the Homes & Gardens Ceramic & Glass Designer Award in 2014 and was a judge on Season 3 of The Great Pottery Throwdown. In recent years, Sue has concentrated on studio production of her own ranges, selling these directly at trade and public specialist craft events.

    You can meet Sue Pryke at Craft Festival Bovey Tracey from June 9-11, 2023.

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    Award Winning Festivals

    Since 2003 we have run multi-award winning Festivals in Bovey Tracey, Devon, Cardigan and Cheltenham. In June, we host the UK's best loved and finest contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey featuring over 200 curated makers. Hosted in idyllic parkland on the edge of Dartmoor. Complimented by an dazzling number of workshops, demonstrations, masterclasses, talks, family activities, street theatre, live music and feasting! In March we head to the beautiful Regency town of Cheltenham, presenting 100 makers at Craft Festival at the Town Hall. In September we will be hosting our first Craft Festival Wales at Cardigan Castle.

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    5 Favourites from our Friends at Make Southwest

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    5 Favourites from our Friends at Make Southwest

    5 Favourites from our Friends at Make SouthwestHello! Our relationship with Make Southwest goes right back to the very beginning in 2024. They have been an important part of our success ever since. I asked my very good friend, Laura Wasley, CEO of Make Southwest to choose her 5 favourites. Read on to find out more. Laura is ridiculously modest but I want to make it very clear that we at Craft Festival think she is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! And to all the team at Make Southwest, I want to say a huge thank for all the years of hard work and laughs.  To celebrate 20 Years of Craft Festival, we also have a major exhibition at Make Southwest called 20 Years in the Making, featuring 20 award winners from 20 years of Craft Festival which runs from April 27-June 22nd. Keep Scrolling to win tickets to the (completely SOLD OUT) VIP Preview Party at Make Southwest and Weekend tickets to Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey...Competition Closes Tonight at Midnight. Have a great weekend, SarahSarah James MBECraft Festival 

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