I was very lucky to be whisked-off to Devon on Sunday by Hubby...
We headed to Bovey Tracey, where the Contemporary Craft Festival was being held.
I believe over 200 exhibitors were displaying their wares this year. Many have small pitches inside the three main marquees, with screened white areas to show their merchandise as if in an art gallery.
Once inside, I made a b-line for Claire Baker's stand in marquee A. (Claire had a stall at last months Vintage & Handmade Spring Fair, where I purchased one of her fabulous ceramic cups and saucers.) She had very kindly sent me a free ticket to Sundays event, so I wanted to see her again to thank her...Her stall was stunning. (Claire's lovely website.)
Now, I have to say that I'm not entirely sure this event was for me...I love Claire's work because it has echoes of the past. She has a passion for vintage china and chintz, which has definitely influenced her incredibly unique ceramic creations. As much as I appreciate all the other crafts people's works, none of them really 'grabbed me' like Claire's did. Contemporary did seem to mean a little ordinary in some cases - lots of thrown clay pots, simple jewellery and glass items, most of which would not have suited the style I love for myself or our home.
Having said that, it was a very popular event with hundreds of visitors filling the site. I even bumped into old friend Hesta there, of Green Glamour, with her family!
A few photos I took around the event... (I chose not to take any other photos inside the marquees, as it would have been difficult to keep asking the artist's permission.)
We left the festival shortly after lunch and drove onto Dartmoor...
Peaceful and perfect.
We discovered a very secluded little pull-in at the side of one of the roads, so stopped for a while, where we enjoyed the hundreds of wild flowers and the cooling waters of the river...
We rounded off the day at a charming hotel on the edge of the moor, where we stayed the night.
|The next morning we visited Buckfast Abbey.|
Finally we took a slow route home via Ashburton...
And Budleigh Salterton.
Souvenirs from our trip include this collection. A c1930's floral wall pocket, c1910 china vase and a fabulous Victorian opaline glass vase. I've wanted one of these for colourful summer flowers after seeing those in my Vintage Flowers book - I got this large vivid turquoise one for half the original price in an antique shop in Ashburton! :)
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