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

Francisca Onumah

Since graduating from Birmingham School of Jewellery in 2015, with an MA in Jewellery and Silversmithing, Hothouse 2020 alumna Francisca Onumah set up her studio within the community of Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield. It is from here she has developed her collection of sculptural objects and contemporary jewellery which have become a part of both public and private collections across the UK. Drawn to finding character and a human-like semblance in inanimate objects, the Ghanaian born silversmith creates ambiguous vessels and jewellery that reflect vulnerabilities and strengths through their anthropomorphic forms. Working from sheet metal, she obsessively layers different mark making techniques, hammering repeated marks as well as folding and impressing patterns onto the surface of the metal. Her approach to mark making displays a distinct tactile signature that mimics other materials such as leather, textiles and wood. Francisca's work has been exhibited at selected exhibitions and craft fairs, all over the UK and Europe, where she has gone on to win awards such as the Great Northern Contemporary Crafts Fair: Best in show, the New Brewery Arts showcase award and Precious Little Gems commission awarded by the Sheffield Assay Office.

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    The Capital of Craft Podcast with Alex Finberg

    The Capital of Craft 20th Anniversary of Craft Festival Season

    To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Craft Festival Bovey Tracey in June, here is the 4th season of The Capital of Craft hosted by me, Sarah James MBE. I am the director of Craft Festival and Find a Maker.

    Alex Finberg was the recipient of Craft Festival's Making It Award 2023 and debuted at Craft Festival Bovey Tracey that year.

    In our podcast we find out more about his career. Trained in psychology, his entry into woodworking came about from working on therapeutic projects. I loved learning more about Alex's life and his passion for the outdoors.

    He talks with me from his Devon home.

    https://alexfinberg.co.uk/

    https://www.craftfestival.co.uk/

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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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    Craft Festival Wales Line up Announced

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    Craft Festival Wales Line up Announced

    Craft Festival Wales Line Up AnnouncedHello,I hope this finds you very well?Bringing Craft Festival to Wales, and to my hometown of Cardigan, has been my dream for so long. I am passionate by this very special corner of West Wales and I’d love you to join me there. For 20 years my team have been hosting award winning contemporary crafts events around the UK.  And for the first Craft Festival Wales is coming home to Cardigan Castle this September.We had a huge response when we opened applications and it was wonderful seeing some Craft Festival favourites and new-to-us makers applying. The selectors had a tough job!80 professional makers were selected to exhibit and demonstrate their creative skills at the show and you can look them up now. And they will be travelling to Cardigan from both near and far... in fact, from all corners of Wales and beyond and we can’t wait for you to meet them. There will also be free children’s craft activities, live music and theatre, talks, masterclasses, storytelling, workshops, Welsh language lessons, Sculpture Trail from Carmarthen School of Art & Coleg Ceredigion, lovely food and even some very special guests, which will be announced soon.You can also take in an exhibition of museum quality ceramics at Canfas Gallery and The Craft Town Trail in association with Oriel Myrddin is hosted at local business throughout Cardigan Town. Come and meet the makers at Craft Festival Wales at Cardigan Castle from 6-8th September.

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