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  • Eleanor Lakelin's commissioned work for The National Trust

CCHQ Weekly Round-up, 11 September 2015

A tower of ceramics shops, Aboriginal football players and Ikea's Billy bookcase

What happened

We’ve picked out some of our craft highlights from London Design Festival 2015 which starts soon. Get your comfy shoes on. And pack an umbrella. And maybe a flask.

The first Ceramic Art York opened its doors today and there’s an interesting programme of talks and demonstrations taking place over the weekend.  

Barnaby Barford’s Tower of Babel comprising 3,000 ceramic shops was unveiled at the V&A. We’ve bought four pieces for our Collection – picking shops from areas undergoing change with a strong link to craft and making including a haberdahser’s and a Vyner Street gallery in east London

A trio of appealing exhibitions opened - Modern Masters at the Scottish Gallery, Ruth Duckworth at Erskine, Hall & Coe and Synergy at The Gallery at London Glassblowing

Edinburgh and Glasgow are currently celebrating metalwork with Silver September

Our Directory Maker of the Week is Eleanor Lakelin whose sculptural wooden vessels for National Trust property Kingston Lacy were made from a cedar tree that was planted in 1872 on the estate.  

What was said

“The Ikea Billy bookcase is relevant to how we live now. A hand-made pot? I’m not so sure” James Rigler talks to Crafts magazine about his Lyonesse show at Marsden Woo.

What was made

A series of pots by the Hermannsburg Potters depicting some of the Aboriginal stars of Australia Football League for Our Land is Alive at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.

What to look forward to

Acts of Making parading into Plymouth and Mount Edgcumbe tomorrow. Part of an exciting season of craft in the area including the Making Futures conference, Echo and Jerwood Makers Open.

The Relationships of Luxury conference on the 18th September brings together makers, designers, manufacturers, retailers, curators and academics. We’ll be there so come join!

And finally

Please can Central Saint Martins guarantee that Antonio Banderas will be on the next short course we book on to? 

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