Chosen by Tina Ball, Culture Development & Events Officer at Kirkby Gallery, Merseyside
We ask makers, curators, designers, creative practitioners and the Crafts Council team to select their favourite object from the Crafts Council Collection and to tell us why.
It has proved to be popular with many a visitor, and certainly those who also happen to be a fan of ‘Game of Thrones’ have made the fun but appreciated connection to it with its medieval design and construction.
In October 2015, Kirkby Gallery submitted it’s first ever loans request to The Crafts Council for a deliberately varied range of contemporary crafts exhibits, so as to take centre stage within their biennial exhibition, ‘Crafted’. Kirkby Gallery, which is part of Knowsley Council on Merseyside, is a relatively new contemporary gallery, having relocated to a new co-location building in March 2014.
David Tucker’s ‘6-Plated Bowl’, which is made from six curved pieces of mild steel riveted together to make a curved form, is one of Tucker’s earlier works and best represents the style of Tucker as a Master Blacksmith.
Being one of the first works in the exhibition that is seen by the visiting public, it has proved to be popular with many a visitor, and certainly those who also happen to be a fan of ‘Game of Thrones’ have made the fun but appreciated connection to it with its medieval design and construction.
Having been very fortunate to employ the skills of David Tucker in 2007-8 whilst managing a project celebrating professionals in rural crafts, including blacksmithing, it is a pleasure now to have exhibited his work, which demonstrate the true craft base to blacksmithing, something you might not necessarily expect or assign to such a traditionally rural skill.
Crafted is showing at Kirby Gallery, Merseyside until 13 August 2016