Peter Collingwood Woven:Unwoven (Closed Sundays & Mondays)
Jan
2
to Aug 11

Peter Collingwood Woven:Unwoven (Closed Sundays & Mondays)

In 1950  the young Dr Peter Collingwood decided to abandon his medical career and dedicate himself instead to becoming a weaver. Collingwood developed a technical mastery over his weaving equipment, and tailored his creative output to what the loom would permit him to do, mindful of weaving at economic speed, with the future 'repeat' potential and marketability of a design ever in mind. He gained a reputation as a teacher, making many teaching visits to America, and produced four important books on the techniques and art of weaving.

Collingwood's first purchases of woven materials were made in his years as a recently qualified doctor, posted with the Red Cross, to help with refugees in Jordan, and he added to these throughout his life. This broad ‘Ethnographic Collection’ displaying both completed historic and contemporary objects and samples, from Indonesia to South America, Arizona to Africa, now resides at the Crafts Study Centre. The exhibition displays this research and study collection alongside Collingwood’s own work  As a mature craftsman, Collingwood found his artistic voice. Preferring an ordered, graphic style, reminiscent of pencil-drawn lines over anything exuberantly expressionist, he produced works of great beauty, which hid their considerable technical cleverness within a quiet, contemplative physicality – very much like the man himself.

Peter Collingwood was awarded the Gold Medal at the Munich International Handicrafts Exhibition in 1963, and the OBE in 1974. In 1989 he won the Annual Medal from the Worshipful Company of Weavers, and in 1994, the Annual Medal from the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

The exhibition has been curated by Caroline Burvill as part of her studies for the degree of M Res Crafts at the University for the Creative Arts.

View the Peter Collingwood hand list here

 

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Remastered: Crafts Study Centre MA Project 2018
Jun
20
to Sep 8

Remastered: Crafts Study Centre MA Project 2018

Remastered is the sixth in a series of collaborative exhibitions between MA students in the School of Craft and Design at the University for the Creative Arts and the Crafts Study Centre. This year’s project focuses on making, using the collections at the CSC as a source of inspiration for contemporary craft practice. Traditionally, the CSC has acted as repository, a place where ‘things’ have been catalogued, documented, stored and their history recorded, whilst the active processes of making new craft take place in the studios of the School of Craft and Design. Remastered brings the two together, making links between the museum and studio settings.

The students, from Ceramics, Textiles, Jewellery and Product Design, were invited to visit the stores to select an object or set of objects which captured their attention – whether it was the material, the technique, the colour, the texture or the maker. They then worked either individually or in collaboration with others working in different media to create responses to those objects, and to curate their work in an exhibition at the Centre and online. Remastered recognises the skills, processes and materiality of renowned craft makers represented in the Centre’s collections.

Visit Remastered for a full list of students and their work. 

 

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Angus Suttie
Jul
19
to Oct 13

Angus Suttie

In partnership with the Ruthin Craft Centre.

Angus Suttie’s allusive, energetic, hand-built ceramics were powerful contributors to the postmodern art of the 1980s. Although his work sometimes has an ironic and even playful edge, Suttie was deeply thoughtful about its humanist intentions, and the references are present not just for play, but for critical, sometimes political provocation. Suttie could use the conventional form of the teapot, transform it through innovative, complex and entirely unexpected shapes, and reflect on deeper themes of death or sexual expression. He said that he wanted to make pots ‘that shock us, console us, that are life-affirming or that haunt us’.

The exhibition is drawn from Suttie’s personal collection and archive. The selction has been made by collection trustee Jeffrey Weeks and curator Gregory Parsons. The exhibition was first shown at the Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Denbighshire.

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Brought to Book
Aug
21
to Aug 10

Brought to Book

This exhibition draws work from the whole range of the Crafts Study Centre’s collections. It investigates the way that particular collections relate to a book of some description. The book may be a formal record of a craft process; or a scholarly analysis of the maker’s work set in an art or social context; or a listing of samples; or a volume of poetry; or an artwork in its own right. In each case the maker, researcher or curator has taken a very particular care to record specific objects in the collection, or has used the collection as a basis for original creative work. The exhibition reveals academic integrity, private thoughts, creative struggles and romantic reflection on the past. Research and creative writing are placed in the public domain, often after long periods of study.

The exhibition includes lengths by Barron and Larcher, relating these to the new book commissioned by Christopher Farr Cloth and the publisher ACC Art Books Ltd, as well as volumes of poetry by Jane Weir. The archive and finished works of furniture by Alan Peters is related to his instructional book Cabinetmaking: the professional approach. Edmund de Waal’s The White Road is linked with the porcelain vessels he has generously gifted to the Crafts Study Centre. Other makers in the exhibition include Edward Wates, Rita Beales, Thomas Ingmire, Susan Bosence and Bernard Leach.

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Craft and Text: Conference
Jul
9
10:30 AM10:30

Craft and Text: Conference

A one day conference convened by the Crafts Study Centre and the International Textile Research Centre.  The theme of the conference is the resonant relationship between craft and text. This may take literal as well as metaphorical forms: from critical analysis to ceremonial lettering and on to performance, where the craft object has
inspired poetry or dance.

The keynote speakers are the eminent academics and practitioners Alice Kettle (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Timothy Donaldson (Falmouth University). The conference is promoted with the support of our academic partner, the Edward Johnston Foundation.
Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist, who has established a unique area of practice by her use of a craft medium, consistently and on an unparalled scale. She is Professor in Textile Arts in MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art, at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Timothy Donaldson is Associate Professor in Graphic Design at Falmouth University. He is a Letterworker: a practising graphic designer, type designer and action calligrapher with enthusiasm for the use, abuse and reuse of text as a communication device.

EVENT SPEAKERS:

11:00 Timothy Donaldson - The Hammer Shapes the Hand

12:00 Lynn Setterington - Sew Near, Sew Far

12:30 Catherine Slade-Brooking and Loucia Manopoulou - Allusive Crafts: Drawing Words, Writing Letters

2:00 Pat Taylor - Text and Tapestry, A Weaver’s Perspective

2:30 Edward Wates - A Calligrapher’s Approach to the Text

3:00 Mona Craven - The Artist Printed-Form: A Craft in-between Letterforms, Exhibition, Audience and Meaning

3:30 Alice Kettle - In the Margins, Materialising Stories

 

The conference is promoted with the support of our academic partner, The Edward Johnston Foundation. 

 

REGISTRATION : 10:30am - 11:00pm at the Crafts Study Centre
CONFERENCE : 11:00am - 4:30pm at the University for the Creative Arts
RECEPTION : 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CONFERENCE FEE : £20.00 | £10.00 students & unwaged. Advanced booking is essential and be made in person, by calling 01252 891450 or emailing: craftscentre@uca.ac.uk

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Fortuitous Circumstances: recent textiles for the Crafts Study Centre
Jun
5
to Jul 14

Fortuitous Circumstances: recent textiles for the Crafts Study Centre

The Crafts Study Centre has long been indebted to the flax and linen specialist and award winning author, Patricia Baines. She was commissioned to research and write the monograph and catalogue of the collection of Rita Beales, one of Britain’s best linen hand weavers and her book, A Linen Legacy: Rita Beales 1889-1997 is still available from the Centre’s shop.

The Crafts Study Centre has been very privileged to have been able to add to its textile collections through funding generously provided by the Patricia Baines Trust. Working with the expert advisors on the Centre’s Acquisition Committee (currently Tim Parry-Williams and Sharon Ting) works by emerging and established living makers in both printed and woven textiles have been added. These include a hand woven rug by Peter Collingwood, scarves by Makeba Lewis, two screen-printed panels by Sally Greaves-Lord, experimental and 3D work by Ann Richards and, most recently, a collection of work by Kate Blee. The exhibition will also present a small number of pieces in the collection by Rita Beales. The title of the exhibition is taken from Patricia Baines’s monograph on Rita Beales.

The exhibition is presented in association with the Patricia Baines Trust

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EVENT CANCELLED Suna Imre & Hugh Greasley: Held Projects
May
23
5:30 PM17:30

EVENT CANCELLED Suna Imre & Hugh Greasley: Held Projects

 

This event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused

This talk will explore the nature of Hugh and Suna’s collaboration, charting the creation of a new visual language that fuses together poetry and ceramics and illuminating how their work has been influenced by the practice of dance improvisation. Their shared concern for capturing the present moment and highlighting the very ordinary moments of everyday life has resulted in the exhibition Æsc, which took place in a medieval church in Hampshire in the Autumn of 2017. The talk will also reveal how the collaborative process is now shifting into a new body of work that is responding to land and alternative firing methods that will cast the poetry in a new light.

Suna Imre’s initial training in dance influences her approach to making with movement and improvisation playing a significant role in the creation of ceramic art and contemporary painting. She is artist in residence at Mottisfont National Trust from October 2017 to October 2018.

Hugh Greasley is a visual artist as well as a poet - painting and writing about landscape, people and memory. He has a scientific education which often informs his writing.

ARTIST’S TALK
SUNA IMRE & HUGH GREASLEY: HELD PROJECTS
WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018
RECEPTION : 5.30pm - 6.00pm
ARTIST’S TALK : 6.00pm - 7.00pm
TICKETS : £5.00 - advanced booking is required.
 

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Lecture: Professor Simon Olding: 'Things Of Beauty Growing': British Studio Pottery
May
2
5:00 PM17:00

Lecture: Professor Simon Olding: 'Things Of Beauty Growing': British Studio Pottery

The lecture will consider the curatorial process underpinning the exhibition ‘Things of Beauty Growing’ arranged for the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT and now on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge from 20 March to 18 June 2018. It will also reflect on the reactions to the exhibition, billed as the first museum show of modern British studio ceramics in the US, as well as the differing approaches to interpretation in the US and the UK. The co   curators of the exhibition are Dr Glenn Adamson, Senior Research Scholar and Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture at the Center and Simon Olding. 

Simon Olding is Director of the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, UK. A writer and a curator, he has a special interest in craft practice and organisations located in south west England. He is Chair of the Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust, and his current Research focuses on Leach’s personal ceramic collection. He is President of Walford Mill Crafts and a patron of SITselect. He sits on the gallery committees of Arts University Bournemouth and Aberystwyth University.

WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2018
RECEPTION : 5.00pm - 6.00pm
LECTURE : 6.00pm - 7.00pm
TICKETS : £5.00 - advanced booking is required.
 

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Nao Matsunaga: Raw Faces
Apr
3
to May 26

Nao Matsunaga: Raw Faces

Nao Matsunaga writes that ‘Works for Raw Faces will comprise of clay and wood sculptures and wall hanging  pieces. It will be mostly new works, with these pieces I plan to further explore the relationship between abstraction and symbolism, primal and digital, gravity and  balance.

In my recent body of work, I have been working with masks/faces as a prop to animate my otherwise abstract sculptures. Using them as a visual hook to engage viewers and to instil humor and sometimes movement to the pieces. Action and response to the material is important to my practice, I hope that effects and recording of such actions, through clay, wood and other materials, will form the backbone of the show.’

A new essay on Nao Matsunaga commissioned from Dr Glenn Adamson is now available here. 

Presented in association with Marsden Woo Gallery.

Artist Talk & Private View

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Reception 500 to 600pm

Artist’s talk 600 to 700pm

Tickets for Artist’s talk £5.00 and advanced booking and payment is required

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'All That Glisters...'
Mar
10
to May 26

'All That Glisters...'

In 1991 the British Council acquired jewellery for its craft collection to form the circulating exhibition ‘All that glisters…New Jewellery in Britain’. The collection is comprised of work mainly in non precious materials from leading makers such as Mike Abbott, Jane Adam, Anne Finlay, Peter Niczewski, Annie Sherburne, Louise Slater, Karina Thompson and Clara Vichi. The exhibition was both elegant and discriminating and presented 90 pieces selected by Muriel Wilson, Curator of the Craft Collection from 1979-1984. The British Council subsequently and generously donated the collection to the Crafts Study Centre (2006), where it is used mainly as a resource for University jewellery students. The original exhibition toured from 1992 and the work was shown in Bahrain, India, Malaysia and Thailand, and other countries.

This small display is timed to coincide with a Jewellery conference at UCA convened by Rebecca Skeels and is presented in the cabinet on the second floor of the Crafts Study Centre.

 

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The Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture 2018. Steve Brown: Meissen Fountain Restoration
Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

The Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture 2018. Steve Brown: Meissen Fountain Restoration

On the 11th of January 1747 a magnificent dinner party was held to celebrate the marriage of the Dauphin and Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony. Hosted by first minister of Saxony Count Heinrich von Brühl, he commissioned a fabulous surprise to mark the occasion and had produced a centrepiece for the dessert course: a fountain that stretched four metres along the table directly in front of the diners. The fountain was a huge accomplishment, having been modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler and manufactured by Meissen in their newly invented European hard paste porcelain.

123 years later in 1870, the V&A in London acquired a large group of porcelain objects in ‘a much shattered’  state, and the museum put on display a number of figurative pieces, which were remains of this once monumental table fountain. Reino Liefkes Senior Curator of Ceramics & Glass at the museum, determined to do something to re-invoke the spectacle that had been seemingly lost to the past. Steve Brown and Martin Smith were asked to take on the fountain’s restoration.

This illuminating lecture takes its audience on a captivating journey covering all aspects of such an enormous  task. Please note the reception and lecture will be held in the small lecture theatre on the University campus.

The Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture is presented by the Crafts Study Centre in partnership with 318 Ceramics to celebrate the life and work of renowned potter Emmanuel Cooper.

RECEPTION : 5.30pm - 6.00pm
LECTURE : 6.00pm - 7.00pm
BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR LECTURE : £10.00.
 

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Edgelands; Emilie Taylor
Jan
2
to Mar 24

Edgelands; Emilie Taylor

A major new exhibition of new ceramics by Emilie Taylor, commissioned by Gallery Oldham. Emilie Taylor has a long-standing interest in representing the lives of people who exist in the gaps of society, which she describes as the Edgelands.

Emilie’s latest body of work is inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter, but in a contemporary setting. Demeter, the goddess of fertility and harvest is grief stricken to find that her daughter Persephone has been taken to the Underworld. Persephone is doomed to spend half the year in the Underworld and half on earth. Demeter’s grief means that nothing can grow on the earth during the time that Persephone is in the Underworld, meaning that the year is divided into winter and summer.

Supported by Oldham Council logo and Supported using public funding by Arts Council England 

Artist Talk & Private View

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Private view 400 to 600pm

Artist’s talk 600 to 700pm

Tickets for Artist’s talk £5.00 and advanced booking and payment is required

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Conference:  Craft Connecting Architecture   Architecture Connecting Craft
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 architects and academics Piers Taylor and Roz Barr
The conference speakers include:
Richard Kindersley, Jo McCallum, Christopher Tipping, Philip Koomen. Closing remarks will be by the Professor of Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts, with a welcome by Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice Chancellor.



The conference is supported by the Journal of Modern Craft, The Built Environment Trust and by the Building Centre.

BOOKINGS: Crafts Study Centre 01252 891450
TICKETS :  advanced booking is required
REGISTRATION : 10.00am at the Building Centre
CONFERENCE : 10.00am - 5.30pm
RECEPTION : 5:30 - 6:30pm

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20:20 Visions
Oct
31
to 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.

Artist's Talk & Private View

Tuesday 31st October

Private View 5pm - 6pm

Artist Talk & Screening - 6pm - 7pm

Tickets £5 - advanced booking is required

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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

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EXHIBITION Rita Parniczky: Beyond the Surface, Observing the Inner Structure
Jul
11
to 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 installation 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  & PRIVATE VIEW:  17th October 2017

TICKETS : £5.00 advanced booking is required

PRIVATE VIEW : from 4pm - a viewing of the exhibition

RECEPTION : 5.30pm - 6.00pm a drinks reception 

TALK : 6.00pm - 7.00pm

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

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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

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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

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EXHIBITION  Artists meet their Makers
Apr
4
to 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.

 

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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.

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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 : 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

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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.

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EXHIBITION   Hopes + Dreams: Statements of intent explored
Jan
3
to 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.

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EXHIBITION   Leach Pottery: The Sound of It
Jan
3
to 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.

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EXHIBITION   Making, Thinking, Living: An exhibition curated by Garry Fabian Miller
Oct
18
to 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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EXLPORE   Heritage Open Days 2016
Sep
8
to 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.

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EXHIBITION   Contemporary Narratives: School of Craft & Design Student Project
Aug
16
to 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.

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