Call for Applications

The Rising Stars 2018: call for applications (students and recent graduates)

Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition.

The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer and skills exchange, a national symposium; and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected makers. There will also be a professional development award of £500 and a solo exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery in 2019 for one of the makers in the exhibition.

Rising Stars 2018 is supported by Billmeir Charitable Trust.

Deadline is 4 January 2018, 9am. There is no fee to apply.

Information is available online at:

Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey, in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.


Make 2017 Contemporary Crafts for Christmas

at Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF

Until  Sunday 7 January

Our annual Christmas selling exhibition showcases over 50 designer-makers from across the UK working in a variety of disciplines and with a range of prices to suit everyone. MAKE 2017 is an excellent opportunity to buy an individual piece of craft this Christmas.

In addition to the exhibition please visit our shop which has everything you need to decorate your home and celebrate Christmas. As well as cards, gift wrap and decorations we stock a huge range of South West makers’ work offering more choices for Christmas present buying.

Textiles, jewellery, glass, metal, prints, ceramics and wood 

Christmas Celebration Day (Saturday 2 December 10am – 4pm) is a day of Christmas festivities at the Devon Guild with music, workshops/demonstrations, mulled wine and food/drink tastings. It’s free event and a great chance to join in a fun atmosphere and do some shopping for unique gifts away from crowded high streets.

Featured makers include…

Janine Partington - six bangles 2017

 Janine Partington

A well-loved Devon Guild Member working in enamel has recently turned her attention to leatherwork and as well as creating larger, more complex wall pieces has, for our Make 2017 Christmas show, created a range of jewellery including brooches, pendants, earrings and bangles. Each piece is a part of an individual exploration of mark making and so is one of a kind. The use of colour to highlight the mark making adds both a vibrancy to the work and a subtlety. Leather is a very tactile material, colour evokes strong emotions – bringing these two elements together means that the works engages the senses.

Bee Hayes As The Crows Fly Ceramics Volcanic Vessels

Bee Hayes

A ceramicist and homeware designer, mainly producing handmade porcelain studio pottery in a variety of styles. She has an interest in fashion and textiles, a love of botanical illustration and contemporary interior decoration, and draws constant delight in outstanding functional objects. Her recent range of includes midcentury-influenced pieces with graphic contrasts in glaze and textural effect combined with a desire for timeless beauty and a love of visceral brightness and on-trend material culture.  Bee is keen to propagate a love for functional wares that lend warmth, excitement and satisfaction to small daily home rituals such as eating, drinking, storing and displaying.




Call for Entries – closing date 1st December!

 Applications are open for multi award-winning

The Contemporary Craft Festival

8-10 June 2018 

The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s largest and most loved craft events, which sees 200 diverse and talented makers of contemporary craft selling directly to up to 10,000 members of the public. The Festival includes Start UP, a specially designed area for businesses in the early stages of their career.

Open to makers from across the UK and Ireland working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials and paper. No paintings, photography or musical instruments. Greetings cards are only accepted as part of a range, not the sole product. Full criteria is on our website. The Festival is selected by an independent panel of industry professionals.

The festival is set in a marquee village in idyllic parkland on the edge of Dartmoor in South Devon with excellent transport links via road, train and air.  Our additional on-site educational programme includes demonstrations by some of the UK’s leading craft practitioners and workshops for all ages.

ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE : The Contemporary Craft Festival, 6pm Friday December 1st 2017 

ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE : StartUP, 6pm Friday January 26th 2018 

Online applications only, via