Peak District Artisans to stage fair

peak district artisansThe Peak District Artisans’ most prestigious event of the year, the Great Dome Art Fair 2013 will take place on July 20 and 21 in Buxton’s Devonshire Dome.

The award winning event – part of Buxton’s Festival Fringe – showcases the eclectic range of talent within the group including artists, ceramicists, furniture makers, designer makers and artisans.

Throughout the weekend a selection of members will be delivering a range of demonstrations and talks giving insightful examples while focusing on their individual styles. The winners of the groups’ Young Artist of the Year competition (who will be revealed during the preview event) will also be exhibiting their winning pieces.

Chairman, Chris Farrow said: “The demonstrations are always very popular, while the talks are a great opportunity for visitors to meet the artists and appreciate the range of skills we have to offer.

“This is our largest exhibition yet, with all 63 members taking part – including some new members who have recently joined the group.”

Another popular feature is the silent auction.

This year 14 members are donating a range of work – some designed and created for the auction – to raise money for charity Helen’s Trust which supports local people with terminal illnesses and their families.

This year will also give you a unique chance to bid on workshop lessons with two of the group’s highly skilled artists and makers, Ingrid Karlsson-Kemp, pictured, and Sylvia Glover.

One lucky bidder will also win an exclusive work of art by Rob Wilson that will be created during his demonstration on the morning of Saturday July 20 at the Great Dome Art Fair itself. You can read more about Rob on page 31 of the July issue of artsbeat.

It is impossible to give details of all 63 artists but one to look out for is ceramicist Sue Gorman who specialises in Neriage, right, an ancient Japenese technique of layering, cutting and combining coloured layers of clay.

Her distinctive and unique sculptures, vessels and jewellery are made from porcelain. Each piece is sanded and polished by hand to produce work which is tactile and visually stunning.

Her work can also be seen at Opus Gallery in Ashbourne, the Bakewell visitor centre and Derby’s Museum and Art Gallery.

The work of jewellery maker Lucy Palmer, pictured, is also not to be missed. It is inspired by myths and fairytales with an emphasis on animals and the natural world.

The contemporary designs are cut in silver and layered to create a 3D effect. She fuses on gold foil to add detail.

The exhibition runs 10am – 4.30pm both days and admission is free. For more details go to