Designing Craft Making for Pleasure

Thick Bowl, large from Arrival of Spring Series by Peter Layton
Thick Bowl, large from Arrival of Spring Series by Peter Layton

SITSelect’s exhibition Designing Craft Making for Pleasure is now open at The Wilson Museum and Art Gallery in Cheltenham. Curated by design writer Charlotte Abrahams (that’s me) and SIT’s Creative Director Lizzi Walton, this small but perfectly formed exhibition sees contemporary objects sitting amongst the Wilson’s permanent Arts and Crafts collection in order to question the historic distinctions between craft and design. Some pieces have been hand made using traditional techniques, while others are the result of the latest technological processes but what unites everything here is the skill of the making and the beauty of the finished object. We urge you to go. And take a credit card because almost all the work here is for sale.  Good news indeed.

We would like to thank the exhibitors, Philippa Brock, http://www.theweaveshed.org/; Michael Eden, represented by Adrian Sassoon Gallery, www.adriansassoon.com; Ercol, www.ercol.com; Tamasyn Gambell, www.tamasyngambell.com; Peter Layton, www.londonglassblowing.co.uk; Ptolemy Mann, http://www.ptolemymann.com ; Cleo Mussi, www.mussimosaics.co.uk; Pinch, http://pinchdesign.com; Tom Raffield, www.tomraffield.com; Jill Shaddock, www.jillshaddock.co.uk

Bloom Tri Oak floor lamp by Tom Raffield
Bloom Tri Oak floor lamp by Tom Raffield
Grey Bloom 2 by Michael Eden, courtesy of Adrian Sassoon
Grey Bloom 2 by Michael Eden, courtesy of Adrian Sassoon
Twig by Pinch
Twig by Pinch
Row 5 by Jill Shaddock
Row 5 by Jill Shaddock

 

Designing Craft Making for Pleasure runs at The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum, Clarence St, Cheltenham GL50 3JT until May 31st 2014.

01242 237431 http://www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=280

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