Crafts in Devon

THE DEVON GUILD OF CRAFTSMEN

Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF Phone: 01626 832223  www.crafts.org.uk

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is the South West's leading gallery and craft showrooms
with work selected from over 240 designer/makers, many with national and international reputations. Riverside Mill, the Guild's showcase, features frequently changing exhibitions, constant introduction of new work in the refurbished craft shop, as well as the popular Gallery Cafe.

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BICKLEIGH MILL CENTRE

Bickleigh, Tiverton, EX16 8RG Phone: 01884 855419

A working water mill in a delightful location, Bickleigh Mill is now a rural craft centre and home to a wide range of local arts and crafts including an exhibition gallery, farm shop and restaurant.

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DARTINGTON CIDER PRESS CENTRE

Shinners Bridge, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6TQ  Phone: 01803 847500
www.dartingtonciderpress.co.uk

Set in a village atmosphere, the centre is unique with fifteen shops, eating places, and workshops offering a collection of glass, traditional and world crafts, jewellery and pottery, books, toys, and stationery. Regular exhibitions are held and two restaurants are on the site as well.

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COCKINGTON COURT CRAFT CENTRE

Torquay, TQ2 6XA  Phone:  01803 606035    www.countryside-trust.org.uk

Set amongst 450 acres of beautiful parkland, the manor house of Cockington Court is home to studios where crafts can be bought direct from the maker, all of whom can be seen demonstrating their skills as you tour the studios. Craft Shop and Restaurant.

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BAMPTON GALLERY

2-4 Brook Street, Bampton, EX16 9LY  Phone: 01398 331354 www.bamptongallery.co.uk

Delightful gallery situated in Bampton, a famous floral town on the edge of Exmoor. Exhibition and sale of fine porcelain, pictures, prints, glass and small antique furniture plus a traditional upholsterer's workshop.

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DARTINGTON CRYSTAL

Great Torrington, Devon EX38 7AN  Phone: 01805 626266 www.dartington.co.uk

Dartington Crystal combines leading design with fine craft skills to create beautiful items for the home from simple contemporary forms to pure hand-made crystal. Watch fascinating glass-making demonstrations, tour the factory and see the exhibition.

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APPLEDORE CRAFTS COMPANY

5, Bude Street, Appledore, Bideford, Devon EX39 1PS Phone: 01237 423547 www.appledorecraftscompany.co.uk

A co-operative of designers and makers based in the picturesque port of Appledore. Ceramics, wood, glass, metal, baskets, photographs, textiles, leather, furniture, studio pottery, jewellery, original prints - plus an annual autumn exhibition featuring the work of leading local artists.

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PENNYWELL FARM & WILDLIFE CENTRE

Nr. Buckfastleigh, Devon.  Phone: 01364 642023 www.pennywellfarm.co.uk

Hands on fun learning traditional Devon crafts! Weave a souvenir to take home made from Devon willow or try your hand at spinning. The Devon Wood Turners exhibit their woody wares at Pennywell several times during the year. Craft and art courses available. All taking place with a back drop of stunning Dartmoor views and all day entertainment for the whole family.

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What is The Devon Guild of Craftsmen?

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is one of the UKs most acclaimed exhibition and retail spaces for contemporary craft and a resource for all craftsmen and women. Whether you visit exhibitions at Riverside Mill or shows touring the country, or visit The Contemporary Craft Fair - the Devon Guild Of Craftsmen are devoted to creating craftspeople for the future.

The Guild was founded by furniture-maker Edward Baly and a group of enthusiastic people who wanted to promote local craftwork in 1955. For years the group worked on hand-making and selling original craft work - with an annual summer crafts exhibition. They bought Riverside Mill in Bovey Tracey in 1986 and began employing professional staff at the same time. From a membership of 18 the Devon Guild of Craftsmen has grown to over 240 members - the finest craft makers in the South West, with over 400 supporters as Friends.

A Guild is a community of craft workers offering support and networking - it's a membership organisation based around shared skills which works to ensure quality crafts in the region. All craftspeople based in the South West region can apply to be members; selections take place all year. The Guild has over 250 Members who exhibit and sell at Bovey Tracey and get advice, support, and professional development opportunities. Associate Members or Friends have discounts, special events and other benefits.

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen puts on exhibitions, events, talks and workshops all focused on creative crafting and different craft forms: pottery, print, glassblowing, blacksmithing and more. It aims to bring new craft and design work to the area and to enrich the region by running inspiring experiences, running the gallery, and promoting the best regional crafts nationally and internationally. To find out more about craft books, click here.

They have activities to encourage young people to interact with the exhibitions and wider visual and practical skills. Big Hand, Little Hand is a scheme where makers and artists go into South West schools and colleges. and hold hands-on workshops which help young people have fun while learning about craft and design.

Contemporary craftworkers want to change the idea of craft being old-fashioned. Committed to moving with the times, and selling exciting, quality work that uses new forms and mediums, and by encouraging new, innovative ways of working, the Guild supports younger and aspiring makers. The exhibition programme keeps people interested in design and maintains standards of production. The organisation is supported by Arts Council England, Devon County Council and Teignbridge District Council, and by membership, sales of work, commissions, donations and one-off grants.