EXHIBITION   Leach Pottery: The Sound of It
Jan
3
Dec 9

EXHIBITION Leach Pottery: The Sound of It

This exhibition explores and appreciates the Bernard Leach legacy and the Leach Pottery workshop in St. Ives whilst reflecting on Bernard Leach’s quote ‘Potting is one of the few activities today in which a person can use his natural faculties of head, heart, and hand in balance’. Leach’s lifestyle approach expresses an appreciation of the importance of the close relationship and interdependence of the individual with nature, society, science, and metaphysics.

The showcase features Leach’s work and the Standard Ware from the Crafts Study Centre collection, alongside a group of current production Standard Ware from the Leach Pottery. A display of his sketches, books, and other documents and letters, as well as a film of Leach in his private workspace highlight a more personal side of Leach. He wanted his pots to have ‘vitality, to follow the rhythm of the essence of energy and life’.

A juxtaposition of then and now emphasises that the Leach Pottery workshop, a hub of creativity, was and still is a place to learn, to master pottery techniques as well as acquire the appropriate knowledge of setting up and running a creative business.

People from different backgrounds in education and from different cultures shared a common passion for clay. Bernard Leach as a teacher guided his students in aesthetics, standards and the use of basic materials. However, he also encouraged and emphasised the importance of exploring the medium to reflect the creator’s personality.

The showcase is further enriched with photographs of the old pottery alongside the contemporary and an interactive display with tools, brushes and sample glazes, and an interactive audio display.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Crafts Study Centre and the Leach Pottery St. Ives, and is curated by Loucia Manopoulou in partial fulfilment for the requirements of her MRes Crafts course.

Stories In The Making - School of Craft & Design Student Project 2016-2017
Jun
28
Dec 9

Stories In The Making - School of Craft & Design Student Project 2016-2017

All the objects chosen for this year’s Stories in the Making have a tale to tell, and a role to play too in the emerging narratives of the participating students setting out to develop their own craft signature.
The Stories in the Making project offers MA and MRes students at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham the rare opportunity to closely examine and research a chosen craft object from the Collection held by the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

View the catalogue here

EXHIBITION Rita Parniczky: Beyond the Surface, Observing the Inner Structure
Jul
11
Oct 21

EXHIBITION Rita Parniczky: Beyond the Surface, Observing the Inner Structure

Rita Parniczky primarily works with weave, installation, photography and light. Fascinated by the invisible structures of objects and materials, she investigates ideas based on materiality, change, time and human experience. In her woven work X-Ray Series, a translucent material Parniczky has developed, she studies the vertical structure and the visual transformation of the material as light passes through its structure. She brings to life the material through instillation and performance with sunlight; a spectacle which may only exist in a particular location and moment in time, marking time in space whilst evoking a sense of chance.

In her solo exhibition ‘Beyond the Surface, Observing the Inner Structure’ at the Crafts Study Centre Parniczky will call attention to scale, structure and movement through illuminating X-Ray Series with artificial light. Along this work she will show a selection of her photographic works.

ARTIST TALK Date TBC

TICKETS : £5.00 advanced booking is required
RECEPTION : 5.30pm - 6.00pm a reception and viewing of the accompanying exhibition

TALK : 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Lecture John Neilson on Ralph Beyer
Oct
18
5:00 pm17:00

Lecture John Neilson on Ralph Beyer

The artist’s talk is presented as part of the activities of Farnham Craft Month

RECEPTION : 5.00pm - 6.00pm
LECTURE : 6.00pm - 7.00pm
TICKETS FOR LECTURE : £5.00 - advanced booking is required.

20:20 Visions
Oct
31
Dec 9

20:20 Visions

This celebratory exhibition presents work from the Association of Contemporary Jewellery. It shows the best of the new jewellery and conveys progression in design over the last twenty years. Twenty of the most prominent and innovative members of the ACJ have been invited to show work from circa 1997 alongside a new piece. The twenty invited artists are: Jane Adam; Stephen Bottomley; Norman Cherry; Susan Cross; Maria Hanson; Dorothy Hogg; Daphne Krinos; Adam Paxon; Ann Marie Shillito; Christoph Zellwger; Holly Belsher; Caroline Broadhead; Jack Cunningham; Joel Degen; Jan Hinchcliffe McCutcheon; Terry Hunt; Jacqueline Mina; David Poston; Jessica Turrell; Frances Julie Whitelaw. These have been Founder Members, Chair or Board Members and include many of the most respected jewellers of the 21st century.

Nov
24
10:00 am10:00

Conference: Craft Connecting Architecture Architecture Connecting Craft

A one day conference convened by Professor Lesley Millar, Director of the International Textile Research Centre, Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre, and Allan Atlee, Head of the Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts The conference will explore how works of craft engage with modern and contemporary architecture through the interiors and exteriors of buildings and the spaces between buildings. It will enable a reflection on the ways that architecture makes demands of craft and its makers, or even rejects craft. The keynote lectures will be given by the Dutch designer Petra Blaisse and the architect and academic Piers Taylor. 
The panel of speakers includes:
Professor Will Allsop
Others TBC
The conference is supported by the Journal of Modern Craft and by the Building Centre.

TICKETS : £100.00 / £45.00 Students & unwaged - advanced booking is required
REGISTRATION : 10.00am at the Building Centre
CONFERENCE : 10.00am - 6.00pm
RECEPTION : TBC


Study Day - Lace
Jul
19
10:30 am10:30

Study Day - Lace

The Lace Study Day has been designed as an introduction to lace for those who have little or no knowledge of the subject.
The day will begin with an illustrated talk about what constitutes lace, including images of historic and contemporary work. Using examples from the Textile Collection at the University for the Creative Arts, participants will then have the opportunity to study, at first hand, a wide variety of laces. This will include: English and European bobbin lace, needle-lace, tambour and needle-run laces, knitted, crochet and machine-made laces.
The Lace Study Day is presented by Dr Carol Quarini and Dr Gail Baxter, leading makers who use lace in their contemporary textile practice; they are also at the forefront of research in historic and contemporary lace. In 2014 they founded the Lace Research Network at the University for the Creative Arts, with an inaugural conference and exhibition of the works of Piper Shepard at the Crafts Study Centre.

TICKETS : £10.00 advanced booking is required. Includes refreshments
RECEPTION : 10.30am at the Crafts Study Centre
STUDY DAY : 11.00am - 4.00pm

In Conversation Michael Brennand-Wood
May
10
6:00 pm18:00

In Conversation Michael Brennand-Wood

The acclaimed Artist Michael Brennand-Wood will be in conversation with Liz Cooper, talking about his work with West Dean Tapestry Studio and particularly Master Weaver
Philip Sanderson who wove ‘Transformer’. 
He will reflect on how this work sits within his wider textile practice, in a long career characterised by challenging assumptions and disrupting patterns. Michael is adamant about what art should be about and found a ready match in the passion and sensibility demonstrated by Philip in this project.

TICKETS : £5.00 advanced booking is required
RECEPTION : 5.30pm - 6.00pm a reception and viewing of the accompanying exhibition
IN CONVERSATION : 6.00pm - 7.00pm

London Craft Week - Open Studio & Artist Talk
May
4
2:00 pm14:00

London Craft Week - Open Studio & Artist Talk

The Crafts Study Centre and the New Ashgate Gallery work
together on a number of projects including their roles as
partners in the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme, which
fosters the careers of emerging makers. One such maker is
the ceramicist Arjan van Dal, who participated in the 2016
cohort. The New Ashgate Gallery and the Crafts Study
Centre are proud to promote his Open Studio and Artist’s
Talk as part of the London Craft Week (3 to 7 May 2017).
Arjan’s functional ware is inspired by 12th to 17th century
Jingdhezen monochrome porcelain and modernist design.
He will discuss his motivations and training in ceramics in
Holland, and his London studio (5F Thane Works, London
N7 7NU) will display recent work, where ‘austerity of form
meets a refined touch’

TICKETS : www.londoncraftweek.com
OPEN STUDIO : 2.00pm - 8.00pm
ARTIST’S TALK : 6.00pm - 6.30pm

EXHIBITION  Artists meet their Makers
Apr
4
Jul 1

EXHIBITION Artists meet their Makers

Contemporary Art reinterpreted by West Dean Tapestry Studio

Artists Meet Their Makers is a celebration of the skill and imagination of West Dean Tapestry Studio’s Master Weavers. The studio was set up by West Dean Founder Edward James, and has worked with many leading modern and contemporary artists including Henry Moore, John Piper, Basil Beattie, Michael Brennand-Wood and Tracey Emin. A number of new commissions are currently in development and will be unveiled at the exhibition, including Philip Sanderson’s design based on ink drawings by Rebecca Salter, which he will be weaving in the gallery on selected days. A new film by R&A Collaborations shows Katharine Swailes in conversation with Emma Biggs & Matthew Collings, with whom she developing an interpretation of a painting.

The exhibition is organised by curator Liz Cooper and includes new works from outstanding previous projects, including ‘House of Tunnels’, woven by Katharine Swailes from a painting by Basil Beattie in 2015, and ‘Transformer',  created by Philip Sanderson from a design by Michael Brennand-Wood in 2012. Brennand-Wood said, ‘At a certain stage, I handed the image over to Philip the weaver. I keep thinking it’s like handing over the master tapes to be re-mixed. It was really exciting to see how the imagery is interpreted once the weaving begins’. Original works by the two Master Weavers are also on show.

Master Weaver Phil Sanderson will be weaving in the Gallery during the exhibition. Please contact the Crafts Study Centre to confirm the times.

 

THE EMMANUEL COOPER MEMORIAL LECTURE 2017   Altered States: Appropriation of an Iconic Ceramic Form
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

THE EMMANUEL COOPER MEMORIAL LECTURE 2017 Altered States: Appropriation of an Iconic Ceramic Form

The Annual Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture, presented by the Crafts Study Centre and 318 Ceramics, is given this year by Dr Bonnie Kempske.

The teabowl arose to be used within the specific context of a sixteenth-century Japanese artistic and spiritual practice known outside Japan as tea ceremony. Yet today, every UK ceramics fair and many galleries and exhibitions feature teabowls made not for use, but for display on plinth or mantelpiece.

The growing ubiquity and iconicity of this form within contemporary ceramics signifies the success of a methodology of appropriation, and raises questions about the relevance of both context and content.

The Craft History Conference: 15 March 2017
Mar
15
10:00 am10:00

The Craft History Conference: 15 March 2017

Conference Conveners: Professor Simon Olding, Director, Crafts Study Centre and Professor Lesley Millar, Director of the International Textile Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts.

The Crafts Study Centre is home to one of the great public collections of craft, comprising not only exemplar objects but also significant archives.

The combination of these elements can be seen as a narration of craft history written by the makers’ themselves. They are the unmediated materials for critical discourse: ‘Britain’s memory bank of craft’ in the words of Glenn Adamson.

The International Textile Research Centre places contemporary textiles in aesthetic, cultural and theoretical contexts, often setting out radical argument through exhibition practice. This is craft history written in the moment, interpreted through artefact.

The keynote speakers will be Dr Glenn Adamson and Alison Britton

The panel of speakers includes:

  • Liz Cooper ‘Valuing the Imperfect: the individual history of crafted object’
  • Rachel Johnston ‘Intertwined – Narrative Cloth
  • Dr Stephen Knott ‘Out of Hand: Craft history’s lesson for contemporary art and design’
  • Dr Gail Baxter ‘Craft in Context(s)’
  • Kimberley Chandler, ‘Lucie’s Buttons: A Question of Ethics’
  • Dr Colin O Dubhghaill 'Translation/interpretation on contemporary metal work and jewellery

TICKETS : £40.00 advanced booking is required - includes lunch and refreshments
REGISTRATION : 10.00am at the Crafts Study Centre
CONFERENCE : 11.00am - 4.00pm  RECEPTION : 4.30pm - 6.00pm

IN CONVERSATION   Mark Noad and Mark Frith
Mar
8
6:00 pm18:00

IN CONVERSATION Mark Noad and Mark Frith

Mark Noad is the Chair of the Letter Exchange and has over 25 years experience working for leading design consultancies internationally. He has exhibited in many Letter Exchange exhibitions and is well known for his alternative design for the London Underground map www.london-tubemap.com

Mark Frith is a letter cutter and stone carver and has run his own practice in South London for over 25 years. His commissioned projects range from sundials to inscriptions, including the Language Pillar at the Tibetan Peach Garden in London.  Mark is also Honorary Secretary of Letter Exchange.

Together they will discuss the exhibition at the Crafts Study Centre and the state of contemporary lettering and design.

EXHIBITION   Hopes + Dreams: Statements of intent explored
Jan
3
Mar 25

EXHIBITION Hopes + Dreams: Statements of intent explored

A manifesto is a public declaration of intent, an opportunity to put into words your hopes and dreams, your vision and plans. It’s a way to encourage support for your ideas, to influence others and inspire support for your point of view. For this exhibition, Letter Exchange invited its members to submit works based around the theme of manifestos. The broad brief allowed participants to explore this rich and diverse catalogue of texts to discover phrases and passages that resonate with them or indeed inspire them to create their own.

As a result, the words in the exhibition are eclectic and diverse, in turns enigmatic, obscure, uplifting and inspirational. But this diversity of content in matched by the range of approaches to the treatment of those texts’. From the catalogue introduction to the exhibition by Mark Noad, Chairman, Letter Exchange. Hopes and Dreams includes work by 27 members of Letter Exchange, including John Neilson, Tom Perkins, Rosella Garavaglia, Susan Hufton, Mark Frith and Ann Bowen. As a coda to the show, works from the Crafts Study Centre lettering collections are also displayed.

This exhibition is curated by Letter Exchange.

EXHIBITION   Making, Thinking, Living: An exhibition curated by Garry Fabian Miller
Oct
18
Dec 10

EXHIBITION Making, Thinking, Living: An exhibition curated by Garry Fabian Miller

Making, Thinking and Living is a highly personal and original exhibition which has enabled the acclaimed photographer Garry Fabian Miller to represent his long held interests in modern and contemporary craft through the means of curatorship. He has assembled an interconnected arrangement of craft objects, drawn from the collections of the Crafts Study Centre, beginning with the etching Autumn 1933 by Robin Tanner, and including textiles by the pioneer weavers Elizabeth Peacock and Ethel Mairet, as well as tableware by Lucie Rie. These public works counterpoint a number of pieces drawn from his personal collection, including a fine series of caddy jars by Richard Batterham.

Making, Thinking, Living offers Garry Fabian Miller a curatorial platform on which to articulate deeply felt views about the place of craft in contemporary discourse and the priority that is often given to fine art practice. He presents a view of accommodation, noting how makers such as Robin Tanner ‘integrated a way of life, making and thought’ and yet continued to propose radical intensity often through pedagogic means.

IN CONVERSATION   Garry Fabian Miller: Making, Thinking, Living
Oct
15
10:00 am10:00

IN CONVERSATION Garry Fabian Miller: Making, Thinking, Living

Join the eminent photographer Garry Fabian Miller in a discussion that encompasses his interests in fine art photography, collecting contemporary craft and the interplays between making, thinking and living. He will be in conversation with Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre.

The session will be preceded by a viewing of the exhibition curated by Garry Fabian Miller, which draws together his own photographs with works from his own craft collection and works from the permanent collections of the Crafts Study Centre.

LECTURE   The Inaugural Henry Hammond Memorial Lecture
Oct
12
5:30 pm17:30

LECTURE The Inaugural Henry Hammond Memorial Lecture

The Crafts Study Centre is delighted to announce that the inaugural Henry Hammond Memorial lecture will be given by the distinguished ceramic historian Professor Nigel Wood. He is Emeritus Professor to the University of Westminster, a member of the Sub Faculty of Archaeology at Oxford University and an Academic Committee Member of the Key Base of the State Administration of Cultural heritage for Scientific Research on Ancient Ceramics in China (Palace Museum, Beijing).

Professor Wood is also a practising potter, and studied ceramics at the West Surrey College of Art &
Design (1969-72), where his tutor was Henry Hammond. His lecture will be prefaced by reflections on Hammond’s
contribution to ceramic education and studio pottery, and then focus on recent research with the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg on a life-sized glazed ceramic luohan from Yixian in Hebei. Professor Wood is currently establishing a new ceramics studio in Tichborne, Hampshire.

LECTURE   Diana Harrison
Oct
5
5:00 pm17:00

LECTURE Diana Harrison

Diana Harrison considers work from her career, starting with observations about her time in the shared studio 4011⁄2 in London and continuing with contemplative force. She remarks that ‘thoughts sometimes come in when I am doing the making.

I don’t plan and plot everything but things evolve’.

This is an important opportunity to hear at first hand the artist’s reflections on her practice and the interplay of her role as a senior academic and practitioner in the School of Craft & Design at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.

EXLPORE   Heritage Open Days 2016
Sep
8
Sep 10

EXLPORE Heritage Open Days 2016

The Crafts Study Centre is proud to participate once again in the national scheme of Heritage Open Days.

Celebrating the fantastic architecture and culture that England has to offer, Heritage Open Days encourages free access to places that are either normally closed to the public or would make a charge for admission. Heritage Open Days celebrate what makes local communities and neighbourhoods special by stimulating curiosity and discovery and, by connecting people with their local places, fosters a sense of belonging and pride.

For four days every September, buildings of all age, style and function welcome the public for this chance to discover and explore architectural treasures, take part in tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

Visitors will be able to see the Centre’s reserve collections and a specially curated group of objects will be brought together for more detailed analysis.

EXHIBITION   Contemporary Narratives: School of Craft & Design Student Project
Aug
16
Dec 3

EXHIBITION Contemporary Narratives: School of Craft & Design Student Project

The ‘Contemporary Narratives’ exhibition celebrates the culmination of a collaborative project between the Crafts Study Centre and MA and MRes Crafts students from the School of Craft and Design. Students were invited to explore the Centre’s collections and archives by engaging with the work of an individual contemporary maker through observation, research, and visual analysis of a selected object. Some students were attracted by the formal qualities of a piece, whilst others were drawn to its historical significance, and sometimes choice was determined by a purely emotional reaction. The result was an eclectic selection of objects that provide a fascinating insight into the artistic endeavours, source materials and innovative creativity of notable artist-makers such as Bernard Leach, Hans Coper, Elizabeth Peacock, Peter Collingwood, Ann Marie Shillito, William Simmonds and Ann Richards.

EXHIBITION   Diana Harrison: Working in Cloth
Aug
9
Oct 8

EXHIBITION Diana Harrison: Working in Cloth

Working in cloth is a major exhibition of textile art by one of the finest practitioners in Britain. Although her recent work is often quiet, introspective and deeply considered, Harrison’s repertoire is extensive, with individual pieces characterised by an intensity of vision and perfectly judged technique. She handles her materials and processes with contemplation and feeling.

Diana Harrison - Working in cloth
Aug
9
Oct 8

Diana Harrison - Working in cloth

A major exhibition of work by the internationally-regarded textile artist Diana Harrison, presenting significant pieces from previous major exhibitions.  New work is being made especially for the exhibition and a catalogue with an essay by Mary Schoeser will be published by the Crafts Study Centre.

Student Project - Contemporary Narratives
Jun
1
Sep 3

Student Project - Contemporary Narratives

'Contemporary Narratives' celebrates the culmination of a collaborative project between the Crafts Study Centre and MA and MRes students from the School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts. Students have responded to the wealth of the Centre's historic and contemporary collections by making a body of vibrant and exploratory work.

Two Make
Apr
26
Jul 30

Two Make

'Two Make' plots the shared output of ten pairs of established makers who have created new work together. The partnerships are diverse, ranging from life-long friends, makers working together for the first time, makers who wanted to learn new skills, and a couple working together over the pregnancy and birth of their daughter. Exploring the process of collaboration: sharing ideas, working through problems, encountering risk, and exploring uncertainty, the project responds in diverse ways to emotional connections between the makers, and their shared engagement with their creative worlds. The shared creative journeys are plotted by their drawings, photographs, recorded conversations, samples and maquettes.

Symposium - Material Symphysis
Apr
15
10:00 am10:00

Symposium - Material Symphysis

The symposium Material Symphysis sets out to celebrate not only the exhibition and developing international links but to look at similar and differing views on how material experience through the study of crafts is taught across two diverse cultures and institutions. Speakers from the UK and Japan examine a range of topics from practice to theory and the balance between skills and ideas as drivers in education.
Speakers include, Professor Simon Olding, Debra Allman and Risa Ohgi.

EXHIBITION   More Academic Choice
Mar
29
Dec 10

EXHIBITION More Academic Choice

The success of the exhibition Academic Choice combines the scrutiny and care of each individual selector and the persuasive reasoning each one has given to support their choice of objects from the Centre’s collections. The first exhibition focused on selections made by academic staff from the University for the Creative Arts. For this second exhibition, we have drawn from a wider academic constituency, including UCA staff, but also visiting International staff from partner Higher Education Institutions who spend time on their projects based in the Centre.

Material Symphysis
Mar
12
Apr 16

Material Symphysis

Material Symphysis is a collaboration between the The University for the Creative Art's School of Craft and Design and its Japanese partner, Tokyo University of the Arts, to showcase the work of the staff within the craft departments. It is from the staff that styles and schools of thought stem and futures are subsequently shaped. Firm and fertile links between the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, and Tokyo University of the Arts have been forged as a result of their prominence in the field of crafts and previous collaborations, such as last year's Shima Kara Shima E exhibition.

Symposium on Damage & Repair
Mar
2
10:00 am10:00

Symposium on Damage & Repair

The Crafts Study Centre in collaboration with the International Textile Research Centre is presenting a new exhibition curated by Liz Cooper from 5 January to 5 March 2016. The exhibition includes specially commissioned work using stitch and other media to explore damage and repair, disease and medicine, healing and restoration, to landscapes, bodies, minds and objects. A one day symposium will be held at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham on 2 March 2016. The keynote speakers for the symposium are the ceramic artist Bouke de Vries and the textile artist Freddie Robins. After a peer review process, the following speakers have been invited to present papers: Stella Adams-Schofield; Charlotte Bilby; Colette Dobson; Marie Lefebvre; Marlene Little; Victoria Mitchell; Celia Pym and Claire Wellesley-Smith. Their subjects cover themes such as: anatomy; sustainability; prisoner quilts; photography; health and community.

The Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture - Sir Christopher Frayling: Craft - A Word To Start An Argument
Feb
10
10:00 am10:00

The Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture - Sir Christopher Frayling: Craft - A Word To Start An Argument

The word 'craft' has many meanings and many associations, and as a result sometimes becomes, in the words of David Pye, "a thought-preventer". Pye preferred 'workmanship'; others prefer 'applied art'; others prefer 'making'. . .
This lecture explores some of these meanings and associations of 'craft' - yesterday and today - and argues that now is a particularly exciting time to put aside differences and energetically to promote the value of making things. The worlds of craft have been examining their navels for far too long. Sir Christopher Frayling is a distinguished writer, critic, broadcaster and educationalist. He has held many great public offices in the worlds of education and the arts: Rector of the Royal College of Art; Chairman of Arts Council England; Chairman of the Design Council. He was knighted for services to art and design education in 2001. Sir Christopher was a long standing Chair of the Crafts Study Centre (1983 - 2004) and is presently Chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth. His many publications include On Craftmanship: towards a new Bauhaus (2011).

A Conversation: What Do I Need To Do To Make It OK?
Jan
27
10:00 am10:00

A Conversation: What Do I Need To Do To Make It OK?

Join Professor Martin Charter, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Design and Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre, and contribute to a conversation about the role of repair in both contemporary craft practice and its application to the field of design practice.

What Do I Need To Do To Make It Ok?
Jan
5
Mar 5

What Do I Need To Do To Make It Ok?

What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? examines ways in which artists take metaphorical notions of damage and repair and reconcile them with a needle-led practice. The imagery of damage and repair is central, but so are deeper examinations of the feelings and thoughts around these processes. Questions arise about how damage and repair can both change the nature of a being or object. When something changes, when do we consider this to be damage? Wider themes are the natural versus manmade world, ecology and the human imprint on the planet, medicine & healing in physical and mental health.

True and Naked Work: The Pottery of Richard Batterham
Nov
18
10:00 am10:00

True and Naked Work: The Pottery of Richard Batterham

Richard Batterham is a towering figure in British studio ceramics. He has been making work in Durweston, Dorset, since 1959, 'rooted in one dear familiar place'. Batterham was introduced to pottery by Don Potter who taught sculpture, pottery and metalwork at Bryanston School. After a period working in The Leach Pottery, St Ives, Batterham established his own workshop, building a new pottery in 1966 and a new kiln in 1967. He fires his kiln 'of Korean ancestry' five or six times a year. His pots make reference, as Leach's did before him, to earlier exemplars from Korea or English medieval pottery. His work, however, has an unmistakable personal signature: they have been called 'warm in spirit, fresh and eminently tactile'. This lecture discusses his work in the context of modern studio pottery, particularly in relation to work by Bernard Leach and Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie and is illustrated with works from private collections as well as the collections of the Crafts Study Centre. Batterham was a Trustee of the Crafts Study Centre from 1972 to 1976. 

Some English Slipwares
Oct
6
Dec 12

Some English Slipwares

The exhibition reflects on the development of slipware in English studio ceramics. It takes as a starting point works by Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew drawn from the Crafts Study Centre's collections and counterpoints these pieces with work of the present day. This juxtaposition enables us to consider slipware both as a means of decorating domestic tablewares and as a means of individual artistic expression. Ceramic artists today have re-interpreted the use of slip, and whilst they have referred back to historic examples (particularly late 17th century examples by Thomas Toft) their approach is often highly individual.
The exhibition shows work that operates within the normal convention of slipware decoration, showing how the genre has developed incrementally, and it presents work that is more sculptural, painterly or political in its intensions. The exhibition also includes some experimental work indicating how some ceramic artists dallied with slipware before moving on to other methods. The exhibition includes work by Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, Henry Hammond, Joanna Wason, Emilie Taylor, Phillip Leach, Frannie Leach, Clive Bowen, Dylan Bowen, Mary Wondrausch, Alison Britton and Simon Carroll. The exhibition has been curated by Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre.

Pen to Printer: the influence of Edward Johnston
Jul
28
Sep 26

Pen to Printer: the influence of Edward Johnston

This exhibition brings together the Crafts Study Centre and the Edward Johnston Foundation in exploring how Johnston's researches into the tools, materials and methods of the ancient scribes has led to a new understanding of letterforms. The influence of his work and teaching has spread through all branches of calligraphy, letter cutting and the printed word. This will be examined in the context of these two major public collections and their respective approaches to collecting the material that right up to the present day, owes a debt to the work of this extraordinary pioneer.