The Crafts Council has selected 39 makers to take part in the six-month Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK.
Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme for new makers. Over the last four years 122 participants have completed the programme with 100% of last year’s cohort of 38 saying that the programme had enabled them to think differently about the direction of their career.
This is the first year that Craft Scotland has sponsored a cohort of six makers all based in Scotland. Other new regional partners include Manchester Craft & Design Centre and Manchester School of Art.
The 39 makers selected already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality but the programme, which starts in February 2015, will equip them with the business and creative skills needed to run a successful and sustainable craft practice.
- Jasmine Simpson (north) is a ceramicist whose work interprets fables and mythology and who draws inspiration from the Staffordshire pottery industry.
- Joanna Bury (south west) brings her previous experience as a lingerie designer to her intricate jewellery which is inspired by body adornment, tattoos and tribal jewellery.
- Nadia Ricketts (south east) fuses digital technologies and weaving by using a bespoke software program which translates audio into a visual patterns.
- Kelly Munro (Scotland) is a jeweller whose exploration of material is inspired by the Scottish historical fishing industry as she combines ‘weathering’ wood and traditional metal techniques.
Full list of makers;
South west cohort: Joanna Bury (jewellery, Penryn), Charlotte Anne Duckworth (silversmithing, Dolton), Emma Finch (ceramics, Bath), Richard Hardy (furniture, Bridgewater), Leah Jensen (ceramics/wood, Newquay), Catriona MacKenzie (glass/jewellery, Nailsea), Adele Retter (glass, Plymouth), Bethany Robinson (jewellery, Camborne), Jessica Thorn (ceramics, Bristol), Tess Wakeling (paper/lighting, Frome), Katie Wallis (textiles, Bristol)
North cohort: Beatrix Baker (wood/mixed media, South Lake District), Joanna Gordon (Jewellery, Birmingham), Lynne Hutchinson (ceramics, Newcastle upon Tyne), Stephanie Lawton (Surface pattern and textile design, Manchester), Katherine Lees (ceramics, Manchester), Studio LW (Emma Leslie & Rhiannon Wilkey, furniture, London), Tom Philipson (furniture, South Lake District), Libby Ward (jewellery, Stoke-on-Trent), Judith Watson (textiles, London), Simon Wilks (ceramics, Shrewsbury), Jasmine Simpson (ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent)
South east cohort: Juliette Bigley (silversmithing, London), Jane Crisp (furniture/product, Ely), Alma Geller (jewellery, London), Emily Kidson (jewellery, London), Beth Lewis-Williams (ceramic lighting, London), Rosalie McMillan (jewellery, London), Annemarie O’Sullivan (basketry, Isfield), Harry Owen (leatherwork, London), Rita Parniczky (textiles, London), Hollie Paxton (jewellery, London), Nadia Ricketts (textiles, London).
Scotland cohort: Ruth Hollywood (jewellery, Glasgow), Catherine MacGruer (knitted textiles, Inverness), Rhona McCallum (jewellery, Glasgow), Kelly Munro (jewellery, Edinburgh), Sian Patterson (ceramics, Glasgow), Heather Shields (woven textiles, Glasgow).
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