Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair – Catching Up With Our Alumni
Published on 14.11.14
There are days when I simply love my job and today was one of them! We often say to our students, that they should aim to do what they love doing and make a living from it and today was all about just that! Hereford’s Courtyard Theatre plays host, each November, to the Hereford Contemporary
There are days when I simply love my job and today was one of them! We often say to our students, that they should aim to do what they love doing and make a living from it and today was all about just that!
Hereford’s Courtyard Theatre plays host, each November, to the Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair, an event where you can admire, commission and buy contemporary craft from the best of Britain’s makers.It was no surprise to me to see many of the College’s Alumni there, looking professional and ready to talk to visitors about their work, the passion they have for it and of course make a few sales!
From recent graduates like Liv Thrane, who explained how some of her work had been inspired by lamp posts as she walked home as a child and felt they guided her safely, to more established graduates like Bev Milward whose work drew you in, for what could have easily been hours, with its magical charm.
Ben Esthop delighted visitors with his stunning bowls (pictured) whilst Jewels Williams Peplow invited visitors to explore her range of ceramics, all inspired by the sea and there was something for everyone including tea for two, flower boat vases, cruet sets and toothbrush holders.
The College’s Alumni jewellers were out in force too, with stunning work from current Creative in Residence and graduate, Elizabeth Terzza and fellow graduate Leoma Drew. I was also delighted to see jewellers, Sue Lane and Shivani, both Foundation students from many years ago, whose journey had started at the College.
Beryl Morgans Glass Designs reminded us all that Christmas wasn’t far away with a range that included glass Christmas decorations, that seemed to sparkle as the light touched them.
There was also a surprise in store too, the College’s Workshops Manager, Bronwen Tyler-Jones was there with a stand full of her own beautiful jewellery and metalwork creations, proving that HCA staff really do practice what they teach!
The event is open on the 14th & 15th November from 10am – 5.30pm and on the 16th November 10am – 5pm and also includes work from makers all over Britain including Penny Seume, whose work is inspired by magical city landscapes and Caroline Rees, with black and white paper cuts and architectural glass – just a few that caught my eye, at an event that proved to me that our Alumni really were doing what they loved doing!