Members e-News - May Issue

Guild News

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death on 19 April of Robert Twittey, former Trustee and Vice-President of the Guild. Robert’s son David has asked us to notify members of the following funeral arrangements:

‘The funeral will be held at St John the Evangelist Church in Bovey Tracey at 14.30 on Thursday 10th May, with a collection for Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, and afterwards for light refreshments at Redacre, Challabrook Lane, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9DF.’

A Good Age
In partnership with Libraries Unlimited the Devon Guild has been awarded a grant as part of the Art’s Councils Celebrating Age Programme. As part of the programme 5 commissions of £2500 will be available to professional older artists (born before 1948) to make new contemporary work responding to a theme of age and change within the artist’s lifetime. For more information click here

Get Fresh, The Summer Show and Make 2018
Don't miss your chance to submit your work for the forthcoming exhibitions!

A quick note about the education statements for The Summer Show
Our visitors love to find out about our Members, and exhibitor statements are a great way for them to learn about different aspects of your creative practice. We’d really appreciate having as many of these statements available as possible from selected exhibitors during The Summer Show, however this is not compulsory.
If you’d like to get involved and send us a statement, please see the information in the link above, and thank you!

Muddy Stilettos Awards 2018
The Devon Guild has been nominated for the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2018 in the 'Best Art Gallery' in Devon category. If we make it as a Finalist in this category please VOTE for us! The Finalists across the 24 lifestyle categories will be announced on Monday 14 May when voting will open again to the public. If we are successful you can vote for the Devon Guild here from Monday 14 May - Friday 18 May.

All Things Batty - a chance to get some batty ideas that could feed into your creative work:

Daytime bat walk
Tuesday 15 May 10am - 12noon

Join the Devon Wildlife Trust on a walk looking at habitats and talking about the endangered Greater Horseshoe Bat. Meet at the Middle Trendlebere Car Park, grid reference SX783 792. It’s free but please book via or phone 01392 260849.

Evening bat walk
Thursday 17 May 8.15pm - 9.45pm

Cath Valentine from Bovey Bat Group will lead a Bat Walk looking at habitats and talking about the endangered Greater Horseshoe Bat on a walk with bat detectors from the Devon Guild.
Meet in Bovey Tracey in the Co-op car park outside the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
Free but please book via or phone 01392 260849.

Bovey Bat Bash
Saturday 25 August 10am - 4pm

Join The Devon Wildlife Trust at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen to find out more about the Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, how you might get involved and about all the great events happening across the county for the Bat Festival. There will also be work on show inspired by Greater Horseshoe Bats and the landscapes they live in plus a quiz and lots of bat related information. Free, drop-in event. Work created by Devon Guild Members using inspiration from either the walks or their own activities will be on show at the front of the Devon Guild shop throughout the bank holiday weekend.
Plant Sale

Saturday 26 – Monday 28 May

Plants, cuttings and lots more will be on offer in the Devon Guild Courtyard over the Bank Holiday, with all the funds raised going to our Freehand outreach scheme. The week beginning 21 May will be a busy one as we receive plant donations and prepare everything for the weekend. We need some willing hands during that week and/ or over the weekend so if you would be able to offer some time to help please contact Jeanette on 01626 832223. One new volunteer, June Parkinson is leading the initiative to revitalise the planting in the courtyard and on the café terrace. There will be the plenty of opportunity to find out more about those plans and to talk to her about all things gardening!

Contemporary Craft Festival Tickets
Friday 8 June – 10 June

Dates for your diaries! Tickets are now available to buy in person (not over the phone) from the Devon Guild Shop, and they are selling fast! You can also get £1 discount per ticket for groups over 10. You can only book slots/purchase tickets to the following events/workshops from their website:

The Pottery Throw Downs with Potclays (Fri – Sun Free Slots just need to book)
Ceilidh (Fri 7.30pm at Dolphin Hotel, £6 + £1.95 booking Fee)
Workshops (Fri – Sun, £18 + £1.95 booking Fee, some have sold out already!)

The Devon Guild will be there too! We have a botanical themed tent this year with stunning one-off pieces from Blandine Anderson, Liz Clay, Jane Martin, Sam Pickard, Rosie Sanders and more…


Nicola Tassie is looking for an organised, experienced thrower to assist her 1 day a week in all aspects of tableware production plus general studio duties. At other times the fully equipped studio (with electric kilns, shimpo wheels) will be available to you at a subsidised rate for you to develop your own practice. Please contact Nicola by email: for a full job description, sending a few lines about your working practice, experience and current situation. Deadline is 20 May 2018, with interviews at the end of May. 

The annual Craft and Book Fair at the Ship Studio at Dartington Hall will be held on Friday 6 July to Sunday 15 July. There are 1 or 2 vacancies for crafts people or artists and a stand (approx. 6ft space) will cost £200 for the 10 day period. 5 day bookings at £120 may be available. Shared stands are possible. Contact Colin Baker on 01803 613356 or email 
For more information click here 

BBC Two have commissioned a new history series, about the history of British trade and craft, and are looking for skilled crafts people to take part. Each episode will tell the story of an industry/ craft and the British place associated with it. They need six, skilled artisans, from a variety of disciplines, including ceramics, shoe-making, blacksmithing and glass-blowing, who are proficient in their craft, and who would love to learn more about the traditional methods used historically in their industry. Learn from experts and create a number of products, which will tell the story of the evolution of that industry. The series will be part documentary and part social history. Contact the Casting Producer at or ring her on 020 8222 4995.

The V&A Residency Programme enables creative practitioners to gain unique access to the Museum’s collections, archives and curatorial expertise, providing them with a studio on-site, a bursary and a production budget to experiment, create a new body of work and engage with the public. To apply click here

Photographers, both amateur and professional, are invited to submit up to ten photographs or films for the inaugural edition of Earth Photo. The international photography competition and exhibition, developed jointly by Forestry Commission England and the Royal Geographical Society, aims to enable a better understanding of the world around us. Earth Photo will focus on four key themes - People, Nature, Place and Change. To apply click here

Jerwood Makers Open is a biennial opportunity encouraging ambitious and/or radical proposals from UK-based makers and collaborators within 10 years of beginning their practice.It is a commissioning initiative offering time, curatorial advice and logistical back up for early-career makers to develop their ideas and further their practice. To apply click here

Farnham Festival of crafts is an annual two day craft event held at Farnham Maltings. Now in its 22nd year, the festival is well established in the craft calendar and features a curated selection of makers from across the UK. The work shown is across all media, including but not limited to homewares, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, accessories, furniture, lighting, textiles and print. To apply click here




A Way In: A day of Creativity and Fun with Jess Davies
Sunday 17 June

Explore ideas, processes and approaches from Anita Reynolds: a Year on Dartmoor and try them out in a range of hands-on tasks and experiments in the gallery. For more information click here

'The Commissioning Process' A talk for makers and artists with Q&A 

If you missed the insightful and humourous talk on 25 April don't fret! You can read the useful advice from the experienced creative professionals and Devon Guild Members, Luke Shepherd (Sculpture) and Fabrizia Bazzo (Stained Glass) who talked about the pitfalls of working to commission, knowing your client and developing trust, and how to draw up an effective contract as well as other useful tips.

Luke Shepherd's Talk 
Fabrizia Bazzo's Talk


Luke Shepherd currently in China with his latest 5 hour sketch of Mr. Xe!


There are 2 spaces to let at Unit 7 Coombe Park, please click the images below for more information.