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  • Blackthorn And Sloe Vase: 'Pleaching The Stakes With Ethers' (detail), Rod Kelly, 1995. Crafts Council Collection: M60. Photo: Heini Schneebeli

Blackthorn and Sloe Vase by Rod Kelly

Chosen by Jonathan Wallis, Head of Museums & Museum and Art Gallery Development, Derby

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.

Jonathan Wallis, Head of Museums & Museum and Art Gallery Development, Derby

Kelly has in low relief captured the impenetrable nature of the blackthorn laid hedge that takes me back to my childhood

My father was a forester and we lived in the countryside, and from him learned to recognise all of the woodland and hedgerow trees. We learnt their names, the uses of their wood and if they had edible fruits. As children we collected sloes to make sloe gin (always waiting until after the first frost). I love to see the delicate white blackthorn blossom as it comes out in April and May. The vicious nature of the thorns make the blackthorn perfect for hedges and as I look at this vase I can feel the thorns piercing my leather gloves as I cut the stems to make walking sticks. Kelly has in low relief captured the impenetrable nature of the blackthorn laid hedge that takes me back to my childhood and I can almost remember the smell of the hedgerows!

Blackthorn And Sloe Vase: 'Pleaching The Stakes With Ethers', Rod Kelly, 1995. Crafts Council Collection: M60. Photo: Heini Schneebeli

 

Blackthrown and sloe vase by Rod Kelly features in Bud to Bloom currently at Derby Museum and Art Gallery

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