Discover Tweed Bowler Hats, Felted Dogs and Cigarbox Guitars at Masham’s Crafted By Hand this November…

On the weekend of 4 & 5 November the Town Hall in the beautiful market town of Masham will be transformed into an emporium of stunning contemporary design led art and crafts featuring some of the region’s best makers of jewellery, ceramics, glass, sculpture, printmaking, and much more!

Crafted By Hand has revitalised the idea of craft fairs, and aims to reveal the skill and passion of the makers behind their creations.

This year there are over 40 artists to discover including a special feature showcase of two Yorkshire artists:

Helaina Sharpley, whose stunning wirework art is inspired by her love of tea, architecture and the Edwardian way of life (collectors of her work include David Hockney) and David Mayne whose magical metal sculptures capture the essence of trees, deer, foxes. His work can be found in many collections throughout the UK.

–       Printmakers will include Folded Forest, who as their name implies take inspiration from the natural world and will be bringing along textiles, screenprints and handbound notebooks.

–       Covetable textiles include the endearing canine creations of Hearfelt Dogs, Ellie Langley’s exclusive range of felt and tweed bowler hats made out of wool taken from her own Weardale flock of sheep.

–       Add a splash of texture to your interior with handmade wooden chopping boards, spoons and bowls created from British hardwoods by Hugh Leishman, or a piece of unique furniture by Mawdsley Williams.

–       Treat yourself or someone you know to a special piece of jewellery, there are a range of different makers at the event with items created from a host of materials, from precious stones to gold, silver and glass.

Organisers, Josie Beszant and Charlotte Morrison are both professional artist/makers themselves, so have been keen to ensure that this event showcases beautifully designed and made art and craft items, Josie comments: “We decided that by showing people how work is made and letting visitors make things themselves was just as important as showcasing great work and so at their events visitors can watch and take part in all kinds of different crafts including printmaking, blacksmithing, even furniture making and throwing their own pots!”

Crafted by Hand takes place over the weekend of Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 November 2017, at Masham Town Hall, in North Yorkshire and is open daily from 10am – 4pm. Entry is £2 for adults, under 16’s 50p. For more details visit

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