30 episodes

Welcome to The Capital of Craft, where we talk with makers and thinkers about what it means to be a maker and how it can change your life. I’m your host, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker, craft addict, maker and event producer. Please join me as we delve deep into the stories and lives of makers, of all kinds, every Thursday.

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Welcome to The Capital of Craft, where we talk with makers and thinkers about what it means to be a maker and how it can change your life. I’m your host, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker, craft addict, maker and event producer. Please join me as we delve deep into the stories and lives of makers, of all kinds, every Thursday.

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | James Donald from Pick One

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | James Donald from Pick One

    In the final episode of Season 2 of The Capital of Craft, Sarah James of Craft Festival and Find a Maker talks with weaver and educator, James Donald from Pick One. 
    They speak from his workshop in Coburg House in Leith, Edinburgh.
    James talks about his journey into textiles and his early life in Brechin in Angus, which as well as having access to countryside and freedom, it also established his love of music and dancing at the iconic nightclub, Flicks. 
    James is joining us at Craft Festival Cheltenham from March 11-13th at Cheltenham Town Hall. 
    @pickoneweave
    @craftfestival
     

    • 1 hr 18 min
    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Dr Nicola Thomas

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Dr Nicola Thomas

    This week on The Capital of Craft, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker chat's with Dr Nicola Thomas from University of Exeter. 
    Nicola Thomas is Professor in Historical and Cultural Geography at the Department of Geography, University of Exeter. Her research interrogates the ways in which geographical perspectives can help make sense of ‘craft’. This includes the relationships between places, materials and makers; the role of craft communities; the connections between craft and justice movements, and the embodied, material and social entanglements within craft.

    Nicola sits as a Trustee and Director of two arts organisations, Kaleider and Double Elephant Printworkshop, enabling her to take her research back into the sector. Her own passion for engaged research has led her to develop a strong co-design methodology within her research practice, working in partnership with organisations like the Make South West, Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and the Crafts Council.
    @craftfestival
    @njt_craftgeographies

    • 53 min
    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Tanja Ufer

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Tanja Ufer

    In this week's episode of The Capital of Craft Podcast, Sarah James from Craft Festival talks with Find a Maker member and jeweller, Tanja Ufer.  Based in Brighton, we chatted whilst Storm Eunice did it's worst. You might hear her in the background.  Tanja's makes beautifully constructed and abstract jewellery. Born and trained in Germany, Tanja moved to Sheffield to complete her MA Studies and has lived in the UK ever since.
    You can meet Tanja at Craft Festival Cheltenham, March 11-13. 
    @craftfestival
    @tanjaufer 

    • 43 min
    The Capital of Craft Podcast | RAMP

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | RAMP

    This week on The Capital of Craft, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker chat's with award-winning ceramic duo RAMP.

    Based in Silverton, Devon, Make South West members and regulars at Craft Festival, they talk about their career in making. R.A.M.P, which stands for Roop & Al Make Pots, is a creative partnership between Alice Hartford and Rupert Johnstone. Roop specialises in the throwing of pots and Al’s focus is on the decoration. ⁠
    @craftfestival 
    @rampceramics

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Paul Wearing

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Paul Wearing

    In this week's episode of The Capital of Craft, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker talks with ceramic artist, Paul Wearing. 
    We discuss his two year long project, Material Matters, an Arts Council of Wales funded project that originated from an invitation from Ruthin Craft Centre to deliver a solo exhibition in 2020. We also discuss his meticulous material experimentation and how important field research is for his practise. 
    Brought up in Swansea, Paul has been based in Cardiff since graduating from Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is also a leading member of Fireworks Clay Studios based in the City Centre. 
    His solo exhibition, Flux & Poise is currently touring and can be visited at Find a Maker member, Mission Gallery, Swansea until March 12, 2022. 
    His work is stocked in leading galleries around the UK and he exhibits regularly at Craft Festival Bovey Tracey. 
    @craftfestival
    @find.amaker
    @paulwearingceramics

    • 51 min
    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Justine Burgess from West Wales Willow

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Justine Burgess from West Wales Willow

    In this week's episode of The Capital of Craft, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker talks with willow grower, basket maker and Find a Maker member, Justine Burgess from West Wales Willows. 
    Justine is based amongst the mountains near Brechfa in deeply rural Carmarthenshire, West Wales. 
    She grows a variety of willows that she weaves into baskets and teaches workshops at various times of the year. She also sells willow cuttings to grow your own willow.
    @craftfestival
    @find.amaker
    @westwaleswillows
     

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

susan teifi ,

Great stories

Lovely warm conversations about craft, making and life!

lizp000 ,

Fascinating stories

A great listen and fascinating to find out how different creative people tick and are inspired.

UntoldGold ,

Ear candy!

Fascinating insights into the why and the how of craft. Sarah as a maker herself, understands the importance of making. Such a great way of keeping us all in touch with the craft world.

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