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Craftspeople sought for new BBC Two series

Forge and ceramicsBBC Two is making a new history series about British industry and craft, and is looking for skilled craftspeople in the following disciplines to take part:

  • Blacksmithing, metalwork or silversmithing NOW FULL
  • Ceramics NOW FULL
  • Glassblowing NOW FULL
  • Shoemaking or leatherwork
  • Textiles NEW

The series is part documentary and part living-history, telling the story of traditional British industries and crafts and the places that are renowned for them… think Staffordshire pottery, or Sheffield steel.

The programme makers are putting together a group of six skilled artisans, from those at the start of their careers, to those who are highly accomplished.If you are enthusiastic about learning the history of your cra ft, you will get the opportunity to learn from historic experts, and create a number of products, which represent the rich heritage of crafts in Britain.

Filming takes place over the summer and this is a paid opportunity. For more details contact Kate O’Brien on 020 8222 4995 / kate.obrien@dsp.tv.

Heritage Heroes BBC TV

Last October I spent a lot of time advising the team for a new BBC program on potential craftspeople they could visit as part of a series at that time billed as ‘Heritage at Risk’. The program is now airing fronted by John Craven as ‘Heritage Heroes’. They tour the country looking at buildings and traditions at risk and the people keeping those traditions alive. Last week was the Pennines, next the border country along the Welsh Marches down to Bristol I think and then the final week will be along the south coast.

Anyway last Thursday was the episode on the Peak district and they visited me and my friends at Portland Works in Sheffield. Here are a couple of screenshots, first of me waxing lyrical about an old bowl made by George Lailey about 70 years ago.

 

 

And here is my mate Stuart Mitchell showing John Craven his knives.

 

 

The episode is up on iplayer for a while, probably not available outside the UK I am afraid, this is the link and I am on around 21 mins in.

Both Stuart and I will be speaking about our work as part of the V&A craft conference on 24th March have you booked your tickets yet? early bird discount is still available here 

TV is a funny thing, whilst 3 minutes of TV costs a huge amount to produce they very rarely pay the folk they film expecting you to give your time for the fame and glory. Another popular misconception is that a few minutes on TV bring fame and fortune, in reality the normal effect is a bunch of your mates phone and text saying they saw you on the telly but it rarely transfers into orders or increased business. In Fact a good friend Hector Cole who does blacksmithing and used to do a lot of work for Time Team reckoned that it was actually bad for business as most of his customers assumed he would be too busy to want to sell them a few arrowheads. This series does seem to have been better than most with 4 or 5 bowl orders this week mentioning the program and it’s always nice when you parents see you on the telly and think you have done good.