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The History of Pottery

People get confused over what is pottery and what are ceramics but in essence they are all the same thing. They are items made from clay, and usually are cups, cooking pots, dishes, plates, bowls etc. As a material clay is inexpensive and has made a fantastic base material for[…]

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Craft Artists

Craft artists can take paint, objects and various materials to create pieces that are both expressive and unique. They often use a variety of tools, techniques and materials to create their art. The objects could be functional such as textiles, glassware, ceramics, but they could also be completely decorative and[…]

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The Origins of Mingei

For hundreds of years Japanese art has used natural materials in their art and crafts, bamboo, clay, wood is used in abundance to make everyday items such as stoneware pots to lacquered wooden cabinets. This Arts & Crafts movement started as far back as the Edo Period which stretched from[…]

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The Arts & Crafts Movement

The Arts & Crafts movement started in the UK around the late 1800’s and was one of the most profound and influential design artistic movements of the time. Although it started in Britain it spread like wildfire and became popular in America and all across Europe and  even worked its[…]

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Starting Out in Amateur Dramatics

Many people come to amateur dramatics late in life and the big question is, Do You Need Acting Experience for Amateur Dramatics? The short answer to this is, no, as a great number of amateur dramatic societies have many members that have had no acting experience whatsoever, say perhaps from[…]

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Famous Craft Markets Around the World – Part 2

In part one of our journey to discover some of the very best craft markets in the world we traveled to France, Thailand and Turkey. In this blog we continue our search to discover even more gems that represent the best local societies make and sell. ChiChi – Guatemala Chichicastenago[…]

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Famous Craft Markets Around the World – Part 1

When visiting any new town or country, visiting a local market is a brilliant way of learning about the culture of the people that live there. Most local markets offer items that can only be found in that particular region, and often the fun of bartering and haggling is entailed.[…]

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The History of Maypole Dancing

Maypoles were first invented as a celebration, a celebration that winter was now over and summer had arrived, at the time there were many different forms of worshiping the changing of the seasons such as tree worship. In the 16th and 17th Centuries there is evidence that the trees cut[…]

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The Best Textile Artists – Part 2

Following on from our first blog looking at the best textile artists in the world, we look at more enterprising crafts people who are elevating the world of textiles into the higher echelons of art. For many years people working in the medium of textiles have been looked down upon[…]

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The Best Textile Artists – Part 1

Textiles has always been thought as a modern form of art, but if you stop to think of it the craft of weaving goes back nearly thirty thousand years. The art of textiles which embodies tapestries, weavings, carpets etc has really undertaken a massive recent renaissance. Modern textile artists have[…]

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The Difference Between Arts & Crafts

It is not a new question, what is the difference between arts and crafts? Debate on the subject has taken place for decades. But today’s modern craft movements have bought the question firmly into the spotlight. There has recently been an explosion of interest in craft around the world, including[…]

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