Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design

Head to Cheltenham and prepare to be amazed by the beautiful furniture and decorative accessories made by the hands of British craftspeople

Waiho console table by Robert Scott

More than 70 craftspeople are exhibiting at this year's Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design at the Thirlestaine Long Gallery in Cheltenham from August 20-29. Pictured above: Waiho console table by Robert Scott

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design is an exhibition that gives us a chance to feast our eyes on the extraordinary work produced by the hands of our furniture makers, glass blowers, ceramicists and artists. Much of the furniture on show is made from wood and it's great to be reassured that cabinet-making skills are very much alive and well in an age of cheap and cheerful flatpack furniture. 

Elevated taste - cake stand by Irene Banham
Custom armchair and ottoman by Cornwall's Bark Furniture
Wave drinks cabinet by Edward Johnson
The exquisite glasswork of Adam Aaronson
Strelizia by Missfire
Bird and Fish on Wood by Michael Lythgoe
Now in its 21st year, CCD is the UK's largest and most eclectic exhibition of contemporary, bespoke designer-maker furniture. Visitors get the chance to talk to renowned craftspeople and gain insight into the intricacies of their trades. Among the exhibitors is blacksmith Clare Robertson, better known as MissFire, who is based in the Forest of Dean and makes wonderful flowers from metal - such as her Strelizias.
Cornwall's Bark Furniture will be showing recent pieces including the Kustom lounge chair and footstool upholstered in white leather. Glass artist Adam Aaronson, cabinet makers Robert Scott and Edward Johnson, and artist Michael Lythgoe are other names to look out for. 
The fair also gives up-and-coming designers the chance to show their works.  
You'll see around 300 unique and diverse pieces from over 70 makers, with styles ranging from sleekly simple to the more ornate. 
Tickets to the show cost £6 for adults and £3 for under-16s.