Craft Into Industry

Currently showing at Contemporary Applied Art in their new gallery in Southwark until 30th March, 2014

Craft into Industry
                           - possible dialogues between makers and manufacturers

'As Contemporary Applied Arts moves into a new chapter in its history it is keen to develop new opportunities for its membership outside of the gallery in London. This exhibition in partnership with British Ceramics Biennial will offer CAA members the chance not only to have their work viewed at the 2013 Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent  but also at the CAA London Gallery where the exhibition will be part of the 2014 Exhibition programme.

The exhibition examines the possible relationship between British Studio practice and the ceramics industry. CAA has worked with homeware design consultant Sue Pryke  and curator Brian Kennedy on the curation of this exhibition. Sue and Brian were keen to not only look at ceramicists for this exhibition but to explore and present makers from a wide range of disciplines as they strongly feel that there are many partnership possibilities between studio practitioners and the  British ceramics industry.'

The collection is an illustration of how a designer would bring together a beautiful range of ware.  Deciding on shapes with commonalities, balancing variation within materials, colour and texture to build a series. Working with makers, or factories, to develop a range of work with intrinsic values that complement the other forms in the range and drawing on the skills and knowledge from a multitude of crafts. 

We all do this in a domestic setting.  Selecting the plate to eat from the cutlery to eat with, the glasses to drink from and the textiles to wash, dry and set the table.  Retailers often package this selection for us, delivering a look by following a particular trend and we can buy into the whole story.  Creatives well versed in good looking products are proficient at bringing their own style together through products and range building, it’s part of their daily practice.  

Sue PrykeComment