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County’s creative community continues celebrating
3:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Yeovil
WITH the outstanding success of the recent Somerset Arts Weeks (SAW) being felt across the region, Somerset’s creative community shines on with the forthcoming 80th birthday of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen (SGC).
Established in 1933, the SGC is the oldest craft guild in the country and this weekend sees a variety of celebrations in honour of their 80th anniversary.
The guild is a professional organisation that promotes excellence in design and craftsmanship.
Only the very best of skilled and dedicated makers are accepted through their stringent selection process and to become an exhibiting member is a sign of quality and prestige.
Boasting a county-wide membership of more than 160 members, the SGC’s stunning Courthouse Gallery in Somerton showcases a diverse range of members’ work to admire and purchase.
Offering a mixture of traditional and contemporary techniques and skills with a variety of materials such as, pottery, ceramics, glass, metalwork, leather, wood and textiles, each piece provides the knowledge that it has been beautifully and individually crafted by a local maker.
John Candler, the guild’s master said “We are so proud of all our craftsmen and women and the high standard of skills and creativity displayed in their work”.
To mark this historical occasion the guild has recently undergone the creative process of a rebrand.
From the Somerset Dragon motif, the new logo has been developed to now reflect the quality, refinement and history of the SGC by using the concept of silver and gold hallmarks.
Somerset’s creative sector is the largest and fastest growing industry and the SGC is one of our areas little gems, contributing to the £400 million generated every year by this sector and the thousands of visitors that come.
“Our new logo is fantastic, it has universal appeal and understanding and we are very excited at the potential it offers to expose are makers to a worldwide market” John Candler also said.
In support of our locally based talented makers and the positive work of the SGC, Saturday’s award presentation will be attended by the SGC’s president Lady Elizabeth Gass and local MP David Heath.
If you would like to get involved and celebrate this date in history and show your support, why not come along to the various events.
There is an Art Deco themed exhibition running throughout October and an anniversary event this weekend.
On Saturday, October 26 the gallery will be open from 10am to 5pm, with an award presentation for The Best of The Best made by Joanna Foster, chair of The Crafts Council from 12noon to 2pm.
On Sunday, October 27 the gallery will be open from 11am to 4pm with a craft demonstration open day.
Local artisan food producers will be at the gallery all weekend for tastings.
The gallery is open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, admission free.
For further information please contact: The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, The Courthouse Gallery, Market Place, Somerton TA11 7LX; call 01458-274653; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.somersetguild.co.uk