Caroline Joynson, PR Consultant
This is my first year of working on the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and I can honestly say it has been fantastic. Working with such a passionate and determined team has been great, as has working with such amazing and inspiring designer-makers.
The project has really opened my eyes to the range of unique and beautiful products out there, handmade with skill and panache by professional designer-makers. My home will never look the same again! (I hope.)
To give you a flavour of the designer-makers and the provenance you gain when you buy a piece handmade by them, I’ve listed my top 5 maker stories which I’ve used to promote the event. There are many more but these are a good starting point – to find out more about the makers come along to the event and speak to them yourself, it’s a whole new way of shopping!
Emilie Taylor – http://www.emilietaylor.co.uk/
The work of Sheffield-based Emilie Taylor is very powerful. Emilie uses the traditional form of the container or vessel to consider the ways in which British society provides containment for those within it
Brittany Delany – http://brittanydelany.co.uk/
I love the fact that Brittany’s delicate ceramics are fired in a kiln in her dad’s car garage business in the centre of Stockport. Her studio is in an office behind reception and her kiln is in the workshop with the mechanics. It means she has access 24/7 and company whilst she works, it also keeps her costs down so a win-win all around.
Anna Collette Hunt – http://www.annacollettehunt.com/
As part of the campaign I sent a selection of journalists a stag beetle by ceramicist Anna Collette Hunt – lucky people! I fell in love with these glittering, golden insects and Anna’s tales of ‘The Swarm’ swept me away. ‘The Swarm’ started as an installation of 10,000 ceramic insects in Nottingham Castle in 2012 and has since been nationally and internationally exhibited.
Francesca Kippax of AnUka Jewellery – http://www.anuka-jewellery.com/
I loved Francesca Kippax’s story of starting her business, AnUka Jewellery, in Vietnam. For the last two years Francesca has been living in the small fishing village of Mui Ne, South Vietnam; working from her small studio space across from the beach. She is now based in Chester and is bringing her new collections to the GNCCF as she continues to build her business.
Andy Poplar of Vinegar and Brown Paper – http://www.vinegarandbrownpaper.co.uk/
Andy turned his back on the world of advertising to set up his contemporary glass etching business Vinegar and Brown Paper and the advertising industry’s loss is our gain! Andy says: “I take vintage or iconic pieces of glassware and bring them to life with the tools of typography, cryptic wit and my own – slightly askew way of looking at the world.” He has an amazing workshop too!