42 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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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 | Margo Selby

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Margo Selby

    The Capital of Craft 20th Anniversary of Craft Festival Season
    To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Craft Festival Bovey Tracey in June, here is the 4th season of The Capital of Craft hosted by me, Sarah James MBE. I am the director of Craft Festival and Find a Maker. 
    Margo Selby is one of the UK's most celebrated and successful textile artists. Back in 2008, Margo was awarded Best New Business. 
    Since then she has built an impressive portfolio of creative work and working collaboratively with leading high street brands. 
    Her latest work, the spectacular moon landing; her first site-specific installation, created in collaboration with composer Helen Caddick, was debuted at Collect at Somerset House in March 2024. 
    Margo will be joining us at Craft Festival Bovey Tracey on June 8th. She will be running a workshop at Make Southwest in the Morning. In the afternoon, she will be giving a talk about her work in the Out of the Woods tent at Craft Festival. The talk is free and cannot be booked in advance. 
    Margo talks with me from her studio in Whitstable.
    https://www.margoselby.com/
    https://www.craftfestival.co.uk/

    • 45 min
    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Alex Finberg

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Alex Finberg

    The Capital of Craft 20th Anniversary of Craft Festival Season
    To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Craft Festival Bovey Tracey in June, here is the 4th season of The Capital of Craft hosted by me, Sarah James MBE. I am the director of Craft Festival and Find a Maker. 
    Alex Finberg was the recipient of Craft Festival's Making It Award 2023 and debuted at Craft Festival Bovey Tracey that year. 
    In our podcast we find out more about his career. Trained in psychology, his entry into woodworking came about from working on therapeutic projects. I loved learning more about Alex's life and his passion for the outdoors.
    He talks with me from his Devon home.
    https://alexfinberg.co.uk/
    https://www.craftfestival.co.uk/
     

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Dr Kate Strasdin

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Dr Kate Strasdin

    The Capital of Craft LIVE from Cheltenham Town Hall: Bonus Podcast
    As a bonus podcast, listen to Sarah James MBE talk to Dr Kate Strasdin about her critically and commercially successful latest non-fiction book, The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes. 
    The book is investagative journalism meets fashion and social history and is a brilliant read. Sarah and Kate talks about the fascinating story of how she found the diary and the lengths she went to to piece together the life and times of Mrs Anne Sykes. 
    Dr Kate Strasdin is a senior lecturer at Falmouth University, where she teaches contextual studies for Fashion Design, Fashion Photography, Fashion Marketing and Performance Sportswear Design.
    Sounds quality reflects a live setting. 
    @katestrasdin 
    @craftfestival 
    @thecapitalofcraft
     

    • 44 min
    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Keith Brymer-Jones

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Keith Brymer-Jones

    The Capital of Craft with Keith Brymer-Jones and Marj Hogarth.
    To celebrate the end of our good friend, Keith Brymer-Jones', storming national tour, we are releasing a podcast to end Season 3 of The Capital of Craft.
    Recorded live earlier this year at Craft Festival Cheltenham at the Town Hall,  Keith is in conversation with his partner Marj Hogarth, talking in great depth, with humour and poignancy about his life, growing up in London to Welsh parents. Becoming (as well as a dancer and singer) an accomplished and prolific potter, before being "discovered" by Love Productions and asked to be a judge on The Great Potter Throwdown. The series has gained a hugely loyal following, almost entirely due to the warm and emotional interactions between Brymer-Jones and the contestants. The show is now the 2nd most popular show on Channel 4 after Bake Off! 
    Marj and Keith have just completed a successful, 22 date national theatre tour, where they brought Keith's book, Boy in a China Shop, to life. 
    Huge Congrats Keith and Marj.
    Sound quality reflects a live environment. 

    • 56 min
    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Sue Pryke

    The Capital of Craft Podcast | Sue Pryke

    Recorded Live at Craft Festival Cheltenham March 2023
    The Capital of Craft Podcast with Sue Pryke
    Sue Pryke is an award winning homeware designer and ceramicist with over three decades of experience.
    Sue talks with me, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker infront of a live audience at Craft Festival Cheltenham at the Town Hall in March 2023. Sound qaulity reflects a live setting. 
    We talk about Sue’s work and her new book, Design and Create Contemporary Tableware, which is co-authored by Linda Bloomfield.
    She has a wealth of experience lecturing, delivering design in both consultancy, production and in-house roles, to international and High Street retailers and restaurants including IKEA and Marks & Spencer and The Newt. She was awarded the Homes & Gardens Ceramic & Glass Designer Award in 2014 and was a judge on Season 3 of The Great Pottery Throwdown. In recent years, Sue has concentrated on studio production of her own ranges, selling these directly at trade and public specialist craft events.
    You can meet Sue Pryke at Craft Festival Bovey Tracey from June 9-11, 2023. 
    You can follow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/craftfestival/
    You can watch our films on You Tube
    You follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theoriginalcraftfestival
    You can follow Sue Pryke on Instagram @suepryke

    • 45 min
    The Capital of Craft | Hilary Burns MBE

    The Capital of Craft | Hilary Burns MBE

    Our latest podcast features the brilliant basketmaker, Hilary Burns MBE.
    Hilary is one of the UK's most respected makers. Recipient of Heritage Crafts Maker of the Year in 2018, she was also awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021, in recognition of her dedication to her craft. 
    She talks with me, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker from her Devon home. We talk about her earliest memories of making and what keeps her exploring the possibilities of creativity.
    Hilary has been curating one of our most loved features at Craft Festival, Out of the Woods, for a number of years. You can meet Hilary at Craft Festival Bovey Tracey from June 9-11, 2023. 
    You can follow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/craftfestival/
    You can watch our films on https://www.youtube.com/@craftfestival1035/featured
    You follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theoriginalcraftfestival
    You can follow Hilary Burns on Instagram Hilary Burns (@hilaryburnsbasketmaker) | Instagram

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 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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