The Collect Papers - The Power of Example
In anticipation of Collect 2017 Crafts Magazine asked a group of gallery owners to talk about their favourite material.
Collect Papers I - Sarah Myerscough explains her love of wood
“My mother’s obsession for antique furniture instilled in me a passion for wood, for rich patinas, hand carving and curvaceous form... When my hand slides over a richly patinated, cracked, scratched or chipped wood surface – from an old church door to a rustic spoon – it also experiences the passing of time. The tactility of contemporary wooden sculpture, a turned wood object or a piece of furniture holds a fascination for me, and evokes a sensual and emotive experience.”Read more here.
Collect Papers II - Peter Layton tells us about the magic of working with glass
“For centuries the methods and technologies of glass working were kept secret – the Venetians sent assassins to chase down errant glassmakers wanting to trade their mysterious skills abroad, and patterns, style and technique were followed according to the tradition of place or culture. In the late 19th century the work of the great artist industrialists such as Tiffany, Galle and Lalique drew attention to the artistic possibilities of glass, leading to the solitary endeavours of genius as in the work of Henri Cros and Maurice Marinot. The seed planted in 1962 at Littleton’s early experimental workshops paved the way, around the globe, for the exploration of glass as a medium for artistic expression...”Read more here.
Collect Papers III - Joanna Bird describes her love of ceramics and life at Michael Cardew’s Wenford Bridge Pottery but questions where the next generation of artists will come from
“We put all our pots into the showroom for sale and if we wanted to keep any, we bought them. Otherwise, living was free and mostly easy. We talked endlessly about pots, their virtues, civilisations, journeymen. Michael had opinions on everything. That was 40 years ago. We learnt by osmosis, seeing the good pots in Michael’s own museum, watching him at work, carrying the pieces to the kiln and unpacking them once fired.”Read more here.