British Craft Trade Fair
 
April 2019
Visit us on social media to keep up to date with what's happening at BCTF.  
Dear Buyer,
 
There are only a few days to go before we welcome you to the 45th edition of the British Craft Trade Fair, which runs from April 7-9 2019.
 
We have thousands of exceptional products for you to select from, all of them handmade in Britain. Categories will include:
 
Ceramics both functional and decorative, Glassware, Fine Art, Greeting Cards, Home Fragrances, Bath and Beauty Products, Recycled Creations, Textiles for both the Home and Fashion, Sculpture, Metal Work and Jewellery.
 
You should have all received your invitation in the post, but just in case you haven't here is a digital version which you can personalise online
 
 
Doors open at 10am on all days and the fair closes at 6pm on Sunday and 5pm on Monday and Tuesday.
 
 
Seminar for Buyers
 
Author, speaker and retailer coach, Ian Retallick will be giving a presentation to buyers visiting BCTF 2019 on Tuesday April 9 at 12.30. All buyers are welcome. The talk will offer help and advice on how to beat the internet and increase in store sales.
 
Please see below our 4 featured Artists.

 
Martin Andrews
 
Martin is based at The Ruskin Centre in Stourbridge, on the former Webb Corbett Glass factory site and an historical glass area dating back hundreds of years. His workshop and showroom are based there. 

He supplies Galleries, Design led shops and undertake Commissions. New ranges for this year include Meadow, and Twilight. 

Martin's hand blown glass is highly collected. Attention to detail, tactile qualities, interesting surface decoration and eye catching beautiful colours and all part of the work. Shapes are often available in 3 sizes over the many designs available. Forms include Vases, Bowls, perfume bottles, pebbles and paperweights. The work is all hand blown, signed and dated. 

If you are a trade buyer, please contact them for a trade brochure.


To see more of Martin's work, visit him on stand 1 at BCTF 2019, or visit his BCTF Online page.

 
Angela Ibbs Mosaics
 
Based in her Lincolnshire garden studio, Angela creates unique hand cut mosaic jewellery and interior pieces, made from treasured vintage ceramics, glass and Italian millefiori. The mosaics are inspired by nature and human form though folk art and style movements, creating decorative and attractive pieces to wear and for the home. 

For Angela mosaic, as a medium, is an exploration of choice and selection to create an effective and durable solution, through picking, cutting, laying and combining materials. 

The art form also reacts with its environment through the reflection of light giving an extra fascination.

To see more of Angela's work, visit her on stand 227 at BCTF 2019, or visit her BCTF Online page.

 
Yellow Room Designs
 
Embodying the Yorkshire spirit, these striking ceramic coasters are tough enough to take on even the hottest cup of tea, and as beautiful and diverse as Yorkshire's unspoilt countryside and urban cityscapes. 

Artist, Tessa Townsend, uses ceramic bases with cork backing, decoupaged with vibrant contemporary prints, to create her chunky coasters. 

Tessa started creating in her sunny yellow kitchen when she couldn't find coasters she liked on the high street, and her hobby quickly became a business. Tessa now has her own studio, Yellow Room Designs, and sells her designs on Etsy, at markets, in local galleries and gift stores, collaborating with other artists to create modern, eye-catching designs. 

Tessa is inspired by bold colour, geometrics, and mid-century modern design, recognising the desire for statement ceramics in the modern home.

To see more of Tessa's work, visit her on stand N53 at BCTF 2019, or visit her BCTF Online page.

 
Danielle Flowers Contemporary Craft
 
Danielle graduated from Cardiff School of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Artist, Designer, Maker in 2016, and since established her contemporary woodturning business from the rural surrounds of Ludlow, Shropshire. Inspired by mid-century modern design, clean lines and geometric forms, with the aim of showcasing raw materials through the traditional craft process of woodturning. 

Sustainability is at the heart of all Danielle's designs, the collection 'synergy' focuses on utilizing offcuts as by-products; table lamp, to bowl, to necklace, to stud. Each handcrafted element juxtaposes the unique grains of British hardwoods with raw materials including leather, silver and brass, to create a harmonious balance between material qualities and their aesthetic values. Packaged into recycled or recyclable boxes, bags and marketing material
.


To see more of Danielle's work, visit her on stand N34A at BCTF 2019, or visit her BCTF Online page.