To support the launch of our latest work, the Si02 Vessel ‘1755’ for Masterpiece Art Fair I was invited by Sarah Myerscough to speak with the highly intelligent, if not slightly intimidating, curator and writer Glenn Adamson. I was joined by the brilliant ceramist, Jonathon Keep. Glenn grilled us on our different approaches to digital fabrication within our work and we did our best to answer without breaking into a sweat.
We are stunned and delighted to share that we’ve been awarded the Grand Prize of the International KOGEI Award in Toyama, Japan. KOGEI awards artisan crafts that inextricably connect both tradition and innovation – and it turns out our SiO2 Twisted Vessel embodies just that!
“The award aims to draw the future vision of crafts by reconsidering the stereotypical concept of traditional crafts once from an unbiased perspective, capturing the global trends in crafts that are becoming more and more borderless and cross-fields.”
On October 8th Gareth was invited to take part in the symposium ‘Blame the Tools: Crafty Robots, Well-behaved Implements and Disobedient Devices’ run by the Research department at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon College of Arts. The symposium brought together a breadth of practitioners and academics from across disciplines to share their understanding of the tool from multiple viewpoints. Gareth’s talk explored the arguments for and against machine-based design practice.
After months of lockdown with art galleries being forced to close their doors, we wondered when we would be able to show our work again in the flesh. We are very grateful that the team at the Royal Academy stood strong and persisted with putting on their annual Summer Exhibition, despite having to postpone it for 4 months through extremely uncertain times. Our largest Twisted Vessel is standing proud alongside a huge variety of artworks and will be on show until the 3rd January 2021.
We are delighted to finally be able to share the acquisition of our Brodgar Occasional Chair by the V&A. The collaborative piece, made together with Kevin Gauld, is now on permanent display in the Furniture Gallery alongside two beautifully crafted traditional Orkney chairs that have been housed in the V&A for sometime. We are honoured and couldn’t be prouder that our contemporary version will join them on show for years to come.
Antwerp based design duo, Studio Unfold, has for many years been questioning the role of crafts in contemporary society. Partnering with Amsterdam based designer and filmmaker, Alexandre Humbert, they set out to discovered what can be learnt from Croatia’s last living combmaker. As part of the project the team came to London to question Gareth on his views on the preservation of craft and its relationship to new technologies.
The film and accompanying interviews with specialists, including Gareth and Tanya Harrod, is on show at The Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb. Click here to watch the trailer.
Whether to swipe, scroll or type, the way we use our hands is evolving. Yet the desire to keep restless fingers busy is nothing new. From using tools, to communication, comfort and care, our hands allow us to make connections and manipulate the world around us.
On Friday 31st January Gareth will be hosting a talk at the V&A Friday Late: In The Palm of Your Hand, debating the question “Does the use of the hand define craft?”.
As we were hanging up our Christmas lights and getting into the festive mood Malaika Byng popped into our studio to delve into the changing perceptions around craft and digital manufacturing today. The article in CRAFTS magazine discusses whether craft itself is defined by the handmaking process, or whether in today’s rapidly changing digital era, craft can mean something more? The issue is for sale via the Crafts Council website here.
Pad 2019 was a great success, with the reveal of our new vessel collection, the Si02 series, to an overwhelmingly positive reception. It was a pleasure as always to be exhibiting among such inspiring designers, artists and makers. Sarah Myerscough Gallery won the ‘Best Stand’, and fellow exhibitor John Makepeace OBE very deservedly was awarded ‘Best Object’ for his Trine Chair.
Following the wonderful Orkney residency organised by The New Craftsman in May this year, we launched our straw collaboration with traditional Orkney furniture maker Kevin Gauld. This was a very special project for the studio, giving new life to traditional and iconic pieces of furniture that are intrinsically linked to a place, a person and a process. Working with Kevin, who was born and bred on the remote islands, fostered an incredible collaboratory process and resulted in designs that respond to their local surroundings and slow way of life.