“Skilled Hands in Contemporary Crafts” – (Cancelled)
Unfortunately – this event has now been cancelled due to the current Covid – 19 and social distancing, issues with shielding of all the volunteers needed for this one – off event…….. (A Great shame – as I was really looking forward to this unique event…………!)
“Skilled Hands in Contemporary Crafts” is a one off event with close to 20 exhibitors participating in the event. These selected exhibitors are some of the leading craftspeople in their disciplines in the UK.
With a great history of crafts and commissioning in the church. The highly skilled exhibitors are representing their disciplines with traditional skills within their contemporary designs. Some of the exhibitors have their work in Churches, Cathedrals and Abbeys throughout the UK
With a large area of the Church and Church Hall taken up with stands. There will be plenty to see, admire, take in and have a conversation with the exhibitors.
Exhibits can be purchased at the event, commissions discussed and business cards taken.
These disciplines will include Ceramics, Glass, Glass Engraving, Silversmith / Goldsmith, (inc. Jewellery), Leather work, Metalwork (inc. Blacksmith, Pewter, Wire work), Textiles, Wood Engraving, Sculpture and Wood
St Nicholas Church
This three day event is part of a year long celebrating the 900th anniversary of St Nicholas Church, Wickham Hampshire.
The Choir Stalls and Litany Desks are made from a single English Oak tree with Yew detailing. The Yew came from the church yard after one of the boughs came down through the weight of snow in 2010/11.
The Yew tree is approaching 3 metres in circumference!
The bough that came off (approx 12″ x 9″ diameter) – I counted the rings and it had just over 250 annual rings
The likelihood that this Yew tree actually was there before the current church was built adds to the significance.
There will be a number of small items made from this particular Yew bough available to purchase at this event.
Another notable commission worth seeing in St Nicholas Church is a magnificent Lady Chapel, with Glass engraving by Tracey Sheppard with inspirational design aspects of the Meon Valley included in the doors and panels