Meet the Team

Exeter Craft Festival relies on a number of hard-working and dedicated volunteers for its success. Here are just some of the people involved behind the scenes.
(click the team member to read more).

Judith Otto

Most of career has been spent working in the NHS.

I have always been interested in Arts and Crafts and have been a potter for 18yrs, and recently making other items and working with textiles.  I have just joined the Exeter Craft festival committee.

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Judith Otto

Judith Otto

Sheila Clayton

Acting Chairman

I have been a committee member for about  four years and very much enjoy the selection process each year  for existing  artist/stall holders and admitting new makers.
My own background is in Fine Art Sculpture from Exeter College of Art and Slade school.  Teaching in Falmouth School of Art and Dartington,now retired.
I have converted my own practise into silver and gold smithing and working with semi precious and precious  stones.  The fabrication of sculpture and  smithing  share many skills.

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Sheila Clayton

Sheila Clayton

Acting Chairman

Yvonne Doney

Press Officer
publicity@exetercraftfestival.co.uk

I volunteered to write press releases for the Craft Festival in 2015 (our 40th anniversary year), and had my hand bitten off, so here I am!

I have exhibited my precious metal jewellery at the Festival for a number of years, and thoroughly enjoy the event, meeting the public, and talking about the processes and materials that go into my work. I fell in love with the techniques of working precious metals about 15 years ago, and the passion burns just as brightly today. My favourite techniques are forging and reticulation (hammers and fire – wonder what that says about me . . .), and I very much enjoy incorporating unusual semi-precious stones in my work. I also make personalised silver bubble blowers to order, intended originally for christening or bridesmaid presents, but often commissioned as gifts for adults – perfect for that person who has everything!

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Yvonne Doney

Yvonne Doney

Press Officer

Ian Stewart

Marketing
i.stewart5@sky.com

I help the committee with the marketing of the craft festival. I am a traditional media expert with 30 years of experience helping local companies with their local advertising needs. I specialise in print media, radio and TV advertising.

I also exhibit at the Craft Festival with my other passion, my Bonsire wire tree creations, each individually hand crafted from wire to create miniature wire Bonsai Tree sculptures that can be kept indoors without fear of them dying.

 

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Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart

Marketing

David Adams

Co-ordinator
David@exetercraftfestival.co.uk

I am an Exeter resident who after 30 years in the hospitality Industry took up furniture restoration and exhibited at the Craft Festival for 13 years.
I became a committee member 9 years ago and have been the co-ordinator for the last 4.
Although no longer working with wood I maintain a presence at the festival with my Panoramic Photography.

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David Adams

David Adams

Co-ordinator

Helen King

Website-Administrator
helen@exetercraftfestival.co.uk

I studied Fashion and tailoring at art school in the 60’s and settled down working for a theatrical costumier in North London. Later I went freelance making costumes for Film and TV productions. In the mid 80s we moved to Devon where I continued to work from London as well as begin designing and making knitwear to sell at craft fairs etc.  Now, I do very little costume work and concentrate on my knitwear.  I began exhibiting at Exeter Craft Festival in 1987.

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Helen King

Helen King

Website-Administrator

Elizabeth Lord

Admin Tent

Formally an educationalist. Founder member of the ECF with my husband Frank Lord who carved horses. I am now involved with running the Admin Tent during the Craft Festival.

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Elizabeth Lord

Elizabeth Lord

Admin Tent

Madeleine Millington

I am a Textile artist and a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, inspired by Medieval and Elizabethan Art as well as Folk Art. I am best known for my work with recycling and dying old blankets, using  bright, bold colour, often adding a touch of humour to my work. I teach regularly for both the Embroiderers’ and the Quilters’ Guild and have had articles published in numerous embroidery, patchwork and quilting magazines. I have exhibited nationally and internationally and have been a judge for the National Patchwork Shows. My book ‘Felt with Love’ was published last year by Search Press and has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

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Madeleine Millington

Madeleine Millington