The Maker Series September Newsletter


We are really excited to tell you all about our Maker Series September lineup!

The next Good Afternoon talk is being held on the 11th at 12 pm at The Burton at Bideford and will feature ceramicist Sue Rossiter. 

Sue’s work celebrates our human need to make through figurative and vessel forms. In this talk, she will share her creative journey, her love of working with materials and surface decoration, and the influence of North Devon’s industrial textile heritage on her work. Sue is a ceramic artist based in North Devon. [] – BOOK TICKETS HERE

On the 16th of September, we will be releasing a podcast featuring the jewellery designer/maker Katherine Barber

In this alternative podcast, Katherine guides us through her creative business journey; from growing up in North Devon and making jewellery for her friends and fellow school students, to designing for small and larger jewellery companies, before moving back to North Devon to build her own beautiful jewellery collection. Kathrine discusses how she witnessed fast fashion and the stark reality of the costs involved and how this lead her to set up her own ethical jewellery business. 

Head to our podcast page to listen and be inspired!


Hester Berry Good Afternoon talk is on the 18th of September at 12pm

In this demo-based talk, Hester will talk through her artistic career and give a demonstration of how to paint in oil. She will discuss her influences, choices in subject, composition and technique, and she’ll reveal how she sets about finding a landscape to paint. Hester Berry is an award-winning landscape painter. Having grown up in rural Devon, she has always been interested in landscape and the environment. Her traditional university training in Aberystwyth nurtured this interest and also led her to explore life drawing and portraiture. After continuing her studies to complete an MA in Fine Art in Wimbledon, she taught life drawing and painting in Brighton and London. In 2016 Hester returned to Devon, where she now lives and works. [] – BOOK TICKETS HERE


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Our Masterclass this month is on the 23rd of September at 7 pm where we will be joined by Chloe Tingle who will be guiding us through the subject of Crowdfunding. 

I met Chloe on a Crowdfunding course that was set up by AWE. AWE is a programme that has been set up to Accelerate Women Enterprise. Here is their current application:
Chloe has been involved in several crowdfunding campaigns through her work with The Nest South West CIC-
I was so impressed by Chloe's talk that I have welcomed her to our community to give us insights into Crowdfunding. 
Crowdfunding is a funding stream that when used effectively can be a fantastic tool to know about. 


On the 25th of September at 12pm, chef and chocolatier, Darren Hatch will be talking at the Burton at Bideford!

25th September – Darren Hatch: chef and chocolatier
Darren will talk about his passion for creating beautiful, locally sourced food. Darren can often be found foraging in his local landscape, bringing his finds back to his kitchen to make them into delicious, exquisite plates of food. Darren studied performance art at Goldsmiths before finding his love for cooking. He has worked in many local kitchens and more recently launched The Chocolate Hatch, his high-end chocolate business.  [] – BOOK TICKETS HERE


On the 30th of September, we will be releasing a podcast featuring the creative wood artisan Martin Edwards. 

Martin talks about his journey from learning traditional woodworking techniques in Africa to living in North Devon making beautifully bespoke woodwork for many of the local restaurants and surf businesses. Martin talks about the importance of reputation and pursuing a creative career that you love, alongside making time to surf when the waves are good. 


Our last Good Afternoon Talk is on the 2nd of October and features African Dancer
Rebecca Jeffery!

Rebecca Jeffery from Andigwa Dance will be discussing and demonstrating dances from her African roots. Rebecca’s passion for dance allows her to highlight and teach others about African traditions, such as the ritual dance of Gule Wamkulu, and important figures within cultural history, such as Yemaya the sea goddess. Rebecca lives and teaches in the Hartland area and started Andigwa Dance in 2002. Before the pandemic, Rebecca and her dance troupe could be seen at many of the carnivals and events across North Devon. [] – BOOK TICKETS HERE