Sixteen craftsmen from around Britain are exhibiting their work together in the beautiful setting of Bury Court Barn in October.
The exhibitors are experienced, renowned craftsmen in the fields of ceramics, glass, wood, willow, jewellery and textiles who exhibit nationwide, and have come together to show pieces for sale or commission, but also to reveal their thinking, their inspiration and working methods in practical demonstrations and illustrated talks during the exhibition.
The importance of the making process – the consideration, the preparation and the sheer repetition of creating something by hand, all play an equal part in the finished object. Some crafts require physical strength, some minute concentration and others a fluidity of action, and in all cases it is the process of making items over and over again that encourages the maker to strive towards perfection and do better each time.
Ideas often take hours of work on paper or experimenting with materials before they are made. It is necessary to understand and learn from traditions, but for a contemporary maker to move forward requires having an idea that can push both the materials and the technique in a new direction: this can be extremely satisfying both for the maker and the observer, as it both respects but also questions what can be achieved with the materials and technique.
These exhibitors are constantly searching to develop their ideas, understanding and skills, and look forward to showing their work and methods in the welcoming setting of Bury Court Barn.
Originally a hop farm until the 1980s, the owner, plantsman John Coke, has created a nationally reknowned garden specializing in grasses and hardy perennials.
The original threshing barn, with a magnificent frame of oak, it is built of brick and the local Chalk stone, ‘clunch’, lending a spacious and sympathetic backdrop of natural, local materials to high quality hand-made crafts of all media.
Bury Court Barn, Bentley near Farnham GU10 5LY
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