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38 makers selected for Hothouse 4

The Crafts Council announce the 38 makers selected to start the six-month Hothouse programme in January 2014, which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK

In a marketplace where the bespoke and handmade is recognised and celebrated by global brands the skill and knowledge of the individual maker becomes ever more powerful. 

Hothouse provides makers within two years of setting up their business and who already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality, with a tailor-made six-month programme of business and creative support. 

Thirty-eight makers from across the UK have been selected to embark on the Hothouse scheme that will begin in 2014 and be delivered via four regional cohorts; South West, North, South East and Midlands. 

Makers include;

•Anna Brimley (South West), who makes jewellery and objects inspired by and incorporating kinetic mechanisms and multi-sensory experience. 

•Charlotte Nash (North) who uses braiding and crochet with cord and ribbon, combined with laser and hand-cutting techniques in leather and mirrored acrylic, to create geometric and rhythmic interior textiles such as light flexes and braided mirror frames.

•Adam Collins (South East), who uses the materials and techniques learnt through his upbringing around wood and steel boatbuilding combined with influences from Britain’s industrial past, to produce a fresh and functional furniture collection.

•Katharina Eisenkoeck (Midlands) who brings the revival of ancient techniques and craft processes into a new context, such as her cordless lamps for contemporary nomads using cuir bouilli (an ancient method of boiling and shaping leather), developed with the Austrian LED research company Lumitech.

South West cohort: Jenny Ayrton (glass, Plymouth), Anna Brimley (jewellery, Falmouth), Anna Gravelle (textiles, Bristol), John Jacques (furniture, Gloucestershire), Katy Luxton (jewellery, Truro), Alex McCarthy, (ceramics, Devon)Angie Parker (Bristol), Stephanie Tudor (textiles & surfaces, Wiltshire), Amy Whittingham (glass, Plymouth). 

North cohort: Marie Canning (ceramics, Liverpool), Sophie Alice Hirsch (jewellery, Cheshire), Elaine Jenkins (jewellery, Liverpool), Rosie Moss, (textiles, Birmingham),Charlotte Nash (textiles, Warrington), Natalie Ratcliffe (textiles, Blackpool), Adam Slade (textiles, Newcastle), Heather Woof (jewellery, Edinburgh), Cristina Zani(jewellery, Cumbria).

South East cohort: Elaine Bolt (ceramics, East Sussex), Charlotte Brown (mixed media, London), Jessica Coleman (textiles, London), Adam Collins (furniture, Herts),Silvia Kamodyova (ceramics, East Sussex), Beatrice Larkin (textiles, London),Imogen Noble (ceramics, Kent), Paula Ortega (jewellery, London), Izzy Parker(jewellery & objects, London), Jelka Quintelier, (jewellery & objects, London).

Midlands cohort: Sarah Brown (glass, Cheltenham), Sue Brown (enamelled jewellery & objects, Cheltenham), Brittany Delany (ceramics, Stockport), Katharina Eisenkoeck (product design, London), Louisa Finch (glass, Rutland), Julia Jowettmedia, Staffordshire), Katharina Klug (ceramics, Cambridge), Hilary Mayo (ceramics, London), Bryony Penman (ceramics, Sheffield), Theo Wright (textiles, Coventry).

“We are pleased to announce that we have selected 38 makers to go through the Hothouse programme in 2014. The breadth and depth of knowledge supplied by a team of Crafts Council, regional partners, and maker development scheme ‘alumni’ equips the new participants with an invaluable set of skills at the foundation of their careers. Nearly 90% of craft businesses are micro-businesses who often have little access to formal support. Hothouse places business skills at the centre of their creative practice and connects them to a wider network.”
Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council 

‘The arrival of a Hothouse cohort is a moment of energy, anticipation and awareness. So much is in the balance: not only the advance of careers and practice, but also the synergies of the partners, which have to be refreshed and challenged to fulfill the (rightly) high demands of this important national programme. The crafts in the UK would be poorer without it’.
Professor. Simon Olding, Director, Craft Study Centre, Hothouse 1 & 4 Partner


Available on request – email media@craftscouncil.org.uk 

Please also refer to our Hothouse 4 Pinterest board.


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For further information please contact Jill Read, Communications Manager +44 (0) 20 7806 2549 / media@craftscouncil.org.uk

Notes to Editors

• There were four selection panels for Hothouse 4 consisting of: 

o South West; Andy Christian, Christian Dodd LLP , John Grayson, Plymouth College of ArtEmma Calvert, former Hothouse participant, Umut Yamac, former Hothouse participant, plus Sarah Palmer, Hothouse 4 Coordinator and Palmer Hamilton Partnership and Madeleine Furness, Crafts Council.
o North; Beverly Lamey, Programme Area Coordinator: Fashion & Textiles and Course Leader and MA Surface Pattern/ BA (Hons) Surface Pattern & Textiles,University of Central Lancashire, Ed Matthews-Gentle, Creative Industries Officer,Creative LancashireSarah Thirlwell, maker, Wood, Fay Jenkinson, former Hothouse participant, Drew Markou, former Hothouse participant, plus Sarah Palmer, Hothouse 4 Coordinator and Palmer Hamilton Partnership, Madeleine Furness, Crafts Council.
o South East; Lynne Dick, Director, Making Space, Prof. Simon Olding, Director,Craft Study Centre, Dr. Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate GalleryLaura Grain,former Hothouse participant, plus Sarah Palmer, Hothouse 4 Coordinator and Palmer Hamilton Partnership, and Madeleine Furness, Crafts Council.
o Midlands; Laura Baxter, maker, Jewellery, Dayle Green, Education and Engagement Manager, Harley Gallery, Diana Pasek-Atkinson, Strategic Arts Development Officer – Creative Industries, Nottinghamshire County Council, Jude Wensley, Senior Lecturer Decorative Arts, Nottingham Trent UniversityJane Cairns,former Hothouse participant, Annabelle Lucilla Hastings, former Hothouse participant, plus Sarah Palmer, Hothouse 4 Coordinator and Palmer Hamilton Partnership, and Madeleine Furness, Crafts Council.

• The partners for all Hothouse 4 cohorts are; 
Plymouth College of Art and Creative Skills (South West)
Creative Lancashire and University of Central Lancashire (North)
Craft Study CentreMaking SpaceNew Ashgate Gallery (South East), 
Harley GalleryNottinghamshire County Council, and Nottingham Trent University(Midlands)

• This is the fourth year of Hothouse – 85 makers have successfully completed the scheme since 2010. 

• The Crafts Council has been supporting makers for 40 years.