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 Penines, 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.
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.