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You'll find plenty of learning resources about craft here on our website and when you visit.

There's lots to help you find out about  how the craft in our shop and exhibitions is made. Information is available in the gallery and here on the website. You will find interesting facts, ideas and background material (see right for archived PDF resource notes) which can include historical, technical background information, biographies of craftmakers, definitions, facts about the craftwork, the general subject area or craft discipline.

We provide hands-on making activities in the gallery for visitors of all ages to create work in response to the exhibition.
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What's on?

Pour Me, various jugs made for the exhibition at Devon GuildPour Me

18 March - 7 May 2017


DOWNLOAD learning resources & reference notes:

.PDF - POUR ME exhibition information   
.PDF - POUR ME exhibition information_LARGE-PRINT    
.PDF -
POUR ME 'THINK POT' ideas sheet

WHY?  We wanted to have a show whose theme was dictated by a chosen object., so we could show how many different variations of one form - there could be. More info...

This exhibition will get us to think about how deceptively difficult it can be to make a jug despite it's humble nature and simple form:

In fact, the makers must consider balance and weight...
Will it pour?
Is the handle strong enough to withstand the weight of the liquid?
Is the handle pulled, extruded or cast?
Jugs can also be vessels to hold other things and therefore,can be interpreted in many different ways.

We hope that visiting our show will make you think more deeply about an object such as this: there is something about jugs, their shape and their purpose, that makes them appealing. They appear in art and literature as metaphor and symbol, and ceramic and metalwork history contains an astonishing diversity of jugs, flagons, flasks and pitchers

WHO?  Look at the wesbites of people showing work in this exhibition to find out more about them:

Justine Allison (ceramics); David Allnatt (ceramics); Blandine Anderson (ceramics); Heather Belcher (textiles); Jane Bevan (wood/ found objects); Linda Bloomfield (ceramics); Janet Bolton (textiles); Dylan Bowen (ceramics); Ruth Broadway (print); Carina Ciscato (ceramics); Lowri Davies (ceramics); Phil de Burlet (ceramics); Tessa Eastman (ceramics); Jill Fanshawe Kato (ceramics); Tanya Gomez (ceramics); Louise Hall (ceramics); Myer Halliday (ceramics); Hyu-jin Jo (ceramics); Bethan Jones (ceramics); Tavs Jorgenson (ceramics); Silvia K (ceramics); Chris Keenan (ceramics); Sun Kim (ceramics); Stuart Low (glass); Rhian Malin (ceramics); Katrin Moye (ceramics); Cleo Mussi mosaicVeronica Newman (ceramics); Janine Partington enamelBrett Payne (silver); Amanda Popham (ceramics); Jane Price (textiles); Adam Ross (ceramics); Helaina Sharpley (wire); Penny Simpson (ceramics); Caroline Taylor (ceramics); Jessica Thorn (ceramics);  James & Tilla Waters (ceramics); Conor Wilson (ceramics); Derek Wilson (ceramics); Dove Street Pottery (ceramics); Taja (ceramics); Ramp (ceramics); Virginia Graham (ceramics); 



  • The first use of JUGS was for preserving food, and keeping it safe from pests and predators, is also an evolutionary leap for us humans!
  • Food and drink are the stuff of life and therefore precious and thinking ahead  for survival - containers are the way to store and minimise waste. especialy on the move.
  • As nomadic hunter-gatherers gave way to more settled, agrarian civilisations, making vessels became ever more technically sophisticated and varied. New production methods and specialist, skilled makers, who had a range of materials available to them, could let their imaginations take flight. Have a look at Greek and Roman Amphoras and how they were decorated. Or how Mayan or Aztec pot remains reveal aspects of these ancient cultures.
  • Eventually, ‘fashion’ entered the realm of what was once practical, precious and essential .... The Industrial Revolution in the UK also brought about innovation in ceramic tableware - including jugs of course - especially in the 'Potteries' area (Stoke on Trent) e.g. Wedgwood; also Royal Doulton (1800s) who despite being a factory employed art students to help design their products.
  • Nowadays, artists such as Greyson Perry have experimented with the traditional pot, vase and jug form and brought their object into the realm of ' Art'.
  • If you look arounnd at our 'Pour Me' exhibition, you will see that some jugs here are made from unexpected materials - such as tree bark - or presented in stained glass - whose are these?

Watch a short video about Cleo Mussi, one of our 'Pour Me' exhibitors - and how she creates her unusual mosaic craft works (by SIT SELECT films):

Cleo Mussi from SIT select on Vimeo.  Visit their website here: www.sitselect.org


Primary Key 1-2: Design and Technology; Art & Design; History; 
Secondary Key 3: Art & Design; Design & Technology
Key 4: Arts; Design and Technology

Key 5 Advanced Levels: Applied Art & Design; Art & Design; Art, Craft & Design; Art History; Communication and Cultiure; Critical Thinking; Design & Technology; Design & Textiles; Engineering; Graphic Design; Media Studies; Media Communication and Production; Product Design; Textile; Design and Technology: Product Design (3D Design)

Further  & Higher (post 16) Education: NVQs - Constructing; Engineering; Manufacturing; Communication.
HND / Foundation / BTEC Diplomas: Art & Design; Arts Admin; Fine Art; Audio-Visual Stidies; Built Environment; Media, Ceramics; Communictaion Design; Design Tech; Cultural Studies; Environmental Studies; Footwear; Furniture; Graphic SArts; Ilustration; Interior Architecture; Jewellery; Media Design; Metalwork; Photography; Printmaking; Retailing; 3-D Design; Visual Arts; Silversmithing; Surface Pattern; Crafts; Creative Arts; Community Arts; Creative & Media; Manufacturing & Product Design; Graphic Design; Fashion Design; Fashion & Textiles; Interior Design. 

Higher Ed. (post 18  degree):  Art; Fine Art; Art & Design; Creative Arts; Visual Arts; Interior Design; Interior Design Decoration; 3-D Design; Contemporary Craft; Design & Technology; Technology; Design & Craft; Applied Arts; Contemporary Design; Contemporary Crafts; Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing, Illustration and Print, Woodworking and Furniture Design; Design Crafts; Jewellery & Silversmithing; Textille Practice; Fashion; Contemporary Art Practice; InterMedia Art; Blacksmithing; Liberal Arts; Fashion Jewellery; 3-D Design & Craft; Visual Arts Practice; Contemporary Creative Practice; 3-D Design Crafts; Ceramics & Jewellery; Surface Pattern Design; Glass; Creative Industries; 
DIY MAKING: The JUGGLERY! We have an activity area in the gallery where you can make your own 2-D or 3-D jug using the materials provided which include NU-CLAY to model with using basic shaping tools, fabric, paper, tisuue, pens and other bits and bobs to add and decorate with. Jugs can be hung up our display area of shelves and pegs!

WHAT ELSE IS ON?  'HORTUS' exhibition by Jude Freeman  5 May - 2 July 2017 / related learning event...

Related events: Launch Party, 17 Mar.
Kids making: Spoon People, 12 April
Arwyn Jones: Jug making demo, 29 April
OPEN DOOR Arts Award Talk about Hortus (Riverside Gallery, 23 & 24 May)

Free entry to exhibitions. Open 7 days a week 10am - 5.30pm

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF
01626 832223

Kids in the galleryArranging a group visit

We are open daily 10am - 5.30pm and delighted to have visits from schools, colleges and community groups to our gallery. Please let us know in advance about your group visit - we can offer a short introductory tour and discuss any specialist needs. If there are over ten please ensure the group is accompanied by an appropriate number of adults. Tutors can download resources in advance from this page.

There is a creative making area in the gallery, a cafe upstairs, adjacent and disabled parking and a large public park with playground just opposite our gallery.

To arrange a group/school visit please contact: Philippa de Burlet (Education Officer): 01626 832223  

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POLICIES & RESEARCH: Art, craft & design - reading for educators

The documents below can be viewed or downloaded, and provide current research evidence and guidance for promoting art, craft and design in an educational setting to improve all round performance - also positive effects of these subjects on health and well-being.

Aesop-PHE-Arts-in-health-evaluation-framework studyGreat art and culture for everyone_ACEFuture in the Making-Crafts CouncilArt and Design Education Guide-ACE

Archived exhibition notes

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Get Fresh '17 - new contemporary craft by emerging designer-makers

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs from Home (Sept-Nov 16)PDF education notes dopwnload      
Info. Pt. 1 & 2

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Pine Feroda-collaborative making
of large wood cut prints. LAR-Print
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Make it OK! (Mar-May 16)
Stitch, textiles, upcycled media

 LAR. Print

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Line Up (Jan-Mar 16)
Interior styling: still lives

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Michael Honnor (Sept-Nov 15)
Painting & printmaking

PDF education notes dopwnloadFreehand (May-Jul 15)
Craft made in workshops

PDF education notes dopwnloadRe-making the Past (Mar-May 15)
Craft and archaeology

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh'15 exhibitor info.

PDF education notes dopwnloadHome Ground (Oct 14)
Craft, locality, environment

PDF education notes dopwnloadMaterials Matter (June 14)
Raw material & craft

TEXTILES: How to... knit & crochet
CLAY: Modelling techniques 4 kids

PDF education notes dopwnloadBeyond the Book (May 2014)
'Book art' & bookworks

PDF education notes dopwnloadNarrative Remains (Jan 2014)
Words & making-resources

PDF education notes dopwnloadIntolace (Oct. 2013)
Lace-making exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadMake a Mark (Jul 2013)
Summer craft exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadTEN out of TEN (May 2013)
Craft Fair Winners

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh, 2013
'Emerging makers'

PDF education notes dopwnloadCraft & Design courses
 SW college/uni list

PDF education notes dopwnload  Facts: Christmas
  Craft traditions

PDF education notes dopwnload  Rivers & Streams-Jem Southam

PDF education notes dopwnload  Yarner Wood on show at Devon Guild
  Heritage & ecology of Yarner Wood

PDF education notes dopwnload  Reaching for Gold, Summer 2012
  Olympic facts

PDF education notes dopwnload  Flag facts 2012
  History & design

PDF education notes dopwnload  Engaging the Senses 
  What is 'Multi-sensory' craft?

  Blue-exhibition           PDF education notes dopwnload
  Indigo in ceramic & textiles

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  Ceramics: willow pattern

PDF education notes dopwnload  Voices, Jan-Feb 2012
  Textile facts: quilting

PDF education notes dopwnload  Signs for Sounds, Oct 2011
  Letterforming & calligraphy

PDF education notes dopwnload  Up-close, Mar-Apr 2011
  Printmaking facts

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  Printmaking: a glossary

PDF education notes dopwnload  John Makepeace Furniture 2010
  Bio: a life in design

  PDF education notes dopwnloadTrees, wood
  & woodworking

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  Design: a glossary

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  Furniture: a history

PDF education notes dopwnload  Tall Stories, Mar-Apr 2010
  Automata/kinetic craft

PDF education notes dopwnload  Paper Works, Jan-Feb 2010
  Art of making with paper

PDF education notes dopwnload  In Tandem, Sept-Oct 2009
  Sculpture/furniture collaboration

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