EXHIBITION   Leach Pottery: The Sound of It
Jan
3
Jul 29

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.

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.

The Craft History Conference: 15 March 2017
Mar
15
9:00 am09:00

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

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 Master Weaver Philip Sanderson’s design based on ink drawings by Rebecca Salter. Philip’s fellow Master Weaver Katharine Swailes is developing an interpretation of a larger scale Emma Biggs & Matthew Collins painting.

The exhibition is organised by curator Liz Cooper and will include new works from outstanding previous projects, including two 2012 works ‘House of Tunnels’ was woven by Katharine Swailes from a painting by Basil Beattie and ‘Transformer’ was created by Philip Sanderson from a design by Michael Brennand-Wood. Brennand-Wood says ‘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’.


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.

Academic Choice
Jun
30
Mar 19

Academic Choice

The collections of the Crafts Study Centre cover a diverse range of materials from ceramics, furniture, textiles to lettering and calligraphy. They are supported by very significant archives, from craft studios as well as craft organisations. The Director of the Museum of Arts & Design, New York Dr Glenn Adamson has called the Centre 'Britain's memory bank for craft' with the word bank suggesting 'a vault containing untold riches'.

The vault has been opened for this exhibition by an individualistic group of Academic staff from the University for the Creative Arts. Some have specialist knowledge of modern and contemporary craft, and some are experts in other fields of practice such as contemporary photography and fine art. They have selected a compelling and idiosyncratic body of work for the exhibition, drawing across the whole range of the collections, but observing them and writing about them with critical insight and sometimes personal accounts. It is a means of looking at the collections in an entirely new way.

Academic Choice presents work selected by Mark Little, Professor Lesley Millar, Adrian Bland, Debra Allman, Colin Holden, Professor Simon Olding, Jean Vacher, Professor Anna Fox, Dr Terry Perk, Jamie Dobson, Professor Trevor Keeble and Richard Hylton.

RE-MAKING THE PAST - A response to inspiration from prehistory
Jun
9
Jul 18

RE-MAKING THE PAST - A response to inspiration from prehistory

This exhibition brings together six contemporary makers who have developed exciting new work that reflects a common root in a fascination with the ancient past. They will focus on themes that forge links across the visual arts and archaeology, inspired by sources including Bronze Age artefacts and Neolithic sites. Established artists Mary Butcher, Susan Kinley, Helen Marton, Syann van Niftrik and Wright & Teague will bring together sculptural work in natural fibres, metal, resin and ceramics with wall based installations in enamels, glass and textiles. Co-curated by Susan Kinley, glass artist and Devon Guild of Craftsmen Member and Saffron Wynne, Exhibitions Manager, Devon Guild of Craftsmen. A touring exhibition from Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

WHY WE MAKE THINGS AND WHY IT MATTERS
Mar
25
5:30 pm17:30

WHY WE MAKE THINGS AND WHY IT MATTERS

Join us for a talk with Peter Korn, founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftmanship in Rockport, Maine, and author of Why We Make Things and Why it Matters: The Education of a Craftsman, published by Square Peg in February 2015. Korn will discuss the nature and rewards of creative work, and how art, craft and design inform our shared search for a better way to live.

LADI KWALI 1925 - 1984
Jan
6
May 2

LADI KWALI 1925 - 1984

Ladi Kwali has been called a pioneer of modern pottery in Nigeria. She came to international prominence in the 1960's working with the English studio potter Michael Cardew who helped to launch the government-funded Abuja Pottery Training Centre. It was at Abuja that Ladi Kwali first began to make
glazed stoneware and this work was exhibited to great acclaim in the Berkeley Galleries in London and in Paris. Ladi Kwali also joined Cardew on demonstration tours to Europe (1962) and America (1972). This exhibitions draws on a number of private collections and includes several of the demonstration pots from the 1962 tour: two made at the Farnham School of Art and two from Bryanston School in Dorset. Included in the exhibition are a number of Ladi Kwali's exceptional water vessels as well as bowls and tankards to indicate the range of domestic pieces. The glazed (and unglazed) stoneware vessels are decorated with incised lizards, birds and snakes and she used a blade-like palm rib to make these marks on bigger pots and a porcupine quill for smaller thrown ware.
The exhibition has been curated by Simon Olding and Magdalene Odundo.

Symposium - Shima Kara Shima E -
Dec
4
10:00 am10:00

Symposium - Shima Kara Shima E -

A one day symposium that has at its heart conversations and then shared ceramic practice between Ashley Howard and Risa Oghi.

Howard had been drawn towards the surface patterns of a stoneware dish made by Risa Ohgi displayed at the 2011 International Society for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange Exhibition in Tokyo. It prompted a dialogue between the two potters that has emerged as an exhibition launched at The Leach Pottery, St Ives and now displayed in The Foyer Gallery of the University for the Creative Arts. The symposium will feature short lectures by makers and writers including Ashley Howard, Dr Bonnie Kemske and Professor Simon Olding.

Elements: REFINED - Surrey Guild of Craftsmen
Nov
4
Nov 29

Elements: REFINED - Surrey Guild of Craftsmen

A selling exhibition to celebrate 21 years of the Surrey Guild Craft Gallery in Milford. The touring exhibition brings together the diverse work of 40 members of the Guild. Each maker was invited to produce up to three exceptional pieces to showcase their skills in materials such as woodwork, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and metalwork.

Lois Bellew, Chairman of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen (2014) notes that the co-operative was set up some 35 years ago 'as part of a project run by Surrey University to give craft workers and their skills a higher profile', and this imperative is behind the celebratory purpose of the touring exhibition.

The Morfudd Roberts Textile Fellow, Tanya Harrod Lecture
Oct
8
5:30 pm17:30

The Morfudd Roberts Textile Fellow, Tanya Harrod Lecture

The Trustees of the Crafts Study Centre have appointed the celebrated craft and design historian and writer Dr Tanya Harrod to take up a Fellowship at the Crafts Study Centre during 2014 named in memory of the spinner Morfudd Roberts. Dr Harrod's seminal work The Crafts in Britain in the 20th century surveyed the whole craft field. Her fellowship lecture will discuss craftswomen in the area of textiles in the 1920s and 1930s and focus on their adventurous travels in Europe in search of an authentic vernaular. Dr Harrod is developing the research under the rubric Folk Art/Modern Art as part of a bigger book and with the possibility of an exhibition at the Crafts Study Centre.

Releve, Pirouette, What's Now?
Oct
7
Dec 13

Releve, Pirouette, What's Now?

This new exhibition brings the work of Chien-Wei Chang to the Crafts Study Centre with his first one person show at Farnham. He describes how he loves metal 'because of the characteristics of the material and the process of making it work: treating it with fire to anneal it, using hammers to translate the invisible ideas into visual forms and bathing it in water to cleanse it. When I place metal, especially silver into acid to purify it and turn it white, it feels as though I have completed a personal ritual - almost like a baptism'.

A Fine Line: tapestries and textile objects by Hillu Liebelt
Jul
29
Sep 27

A Fine Line: tapestries and textile objects by Hillu Liebelt

As with Hillu Liebelt's recent touring exhibition Still Moments, this new exhibition entitled A Fine Line is a continuation of her studies of the changing seasons and the rhythm of nature. Looking at small details, minute changes, light movements, lines and shadows drawn by light, Liebelt records these fleeting moments with a camera, like a visual diary, capturing a certain mood or an atmosphere that can change in seconds.