Presented by Prue Leith
Some exceptional craft talent was recognised last night as four gongs were presented at The Collect Awards Party hosted by Prue Leith, and generously supported by Chapel Down Wines.
The Liaigre Award was given to James Oughtibridge, represented by Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections.
"I was touched by the radicality of James Oughtibridge’s work, by the beauty of the perfect movement, the perfect curve, the purity and the way the sensual shapes capture the light." Deborah Comte-Liaigre
The following three awards were selected by writer and curator Ekow Eshun, curator and journalist Corinne Julius and Crafts Council Creative Director Annie Warburton.
The Outstanding Display by a Gallery was presented to Oxford Ceramics Gallery
The judges said "Oxford Ceramics presents a selection of works curated with great elegance, sensitivity and balance, affording space for each work to stand in its own right whilst prompting a considered dialogue between different works and styles."
The Collect Open Award was presented to Juliette Bigley
The judges said "With Table, Juliette Bigley has taken her work to a new scale for Collect Open. The judges were impressed by the scale of her ambition, technical mastery, and thoughtful examination of the interplay of material and form."
The Object of the Fair Award was Wunderkammer by Matt Smith, represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery.
The judges said "Fresh and uncompromisingly contemporary, Matt Smith’s Wunderkammer (2017) series marries technical mastery with a playful sensibility that reveals a serious interrogation of the politics of historic ceramic forms."
The One to Watch Award, sponsored by Firmdale Hotels, was given to Jérôme Pereira and Sylvia Eustache Rools, represneted by Collection Ateliers d’art de France.
Kit Kemp, founder of Firmdale Hotels said “The juxtaposition between the grounded timber base and the delicate lightness of the hand dyed silk is a combination we've never seen before. The subtle combination of colours and textures look so delicate but has a strength that looks lasting. It's craft adding to nature.”