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  • Embroidered cloth from Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles. Photo: courtesy Two Temple Place

12 exhibitions to see in the UK this January

From clay collages in London to textile tributes in Scotland

We've scoured the UK to bring you our edit of the best craft shows happening across the nation this month. To discover more winter exhibition highlights, pick up a copy of Crafts magazine

Vessels by Sophie Cook. Photo courtesy Contemporary Ceramics Centre

Multiplicity: Sophie Cook

Cook’s wheel-thrown forms take the shape of pods and teardrops in colours ranging from earthy neutrals to deep amber, navy and aubergine. 

16 January – 8 February at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles 

This exhibition celebrates the collections of seven extraordinary women who pioneered the idea of clothes as documents of social history. Pieces on show range from embroidered Balkan folk dress to 1930s block-printed fabrics by Barron & Larcher. 

25 January – 19 April at Two Temple Place, London

Amy Sawyer, Appliqued landscape Jacket. Photo: Tessa Hallmann

Disruption, Devotion and Distributism

The Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic was a Catholic community of artists and craftspeople founded in 1921 in Ditchling, East Sussex. This exhibition is a survey of the group’s activities and beliefs, which laid the foundations for the establishment of the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, within which it is being held.

Until 19 April at Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, East Sussex

London Art Fair

This year’s fair at Angel’s Business Design Centre will feature a special section on textiles, curated by Candida Stevens Gallery. Threading Forms will include works by artists challenging the limitations of thread in contemporary art, including Alice Kettle, Jacy Wall, Katharine Swailes and Julie Airey.

22–26 January at the Business Design Centre, London

Work in willow by Lizzie Farey. Photo: Flow Gallery

Constructing Nature

Flow’s exhibition brings together basket-weaver Lizzie Farey and jeweller Anna Gordon, who share an interest in nature and a calm, minimalist aesthetic. Woven wall pieces will sit alongside carefully constructed brooches.

24 January – 21 March at Flow Gallery, London

Barry Stedman: Ceramic Showcase

Having come to ceramics through evening classes after a career in retail, Barry Stedman uses white earthenware clay to make colourful vessels that he decorates with slip, oxides and underglazes. See his work displayed at the Craft Centre in Leeds.

14 January – 18 April at the Craft Centre, Leeds

Celia Pym, Flat Sock. Photo: courtesy The Cordis Trust

Over Under: Under Over

Discover work by six makers who put a new spin on the ancient crafts of tapestry and weaving at the Royal Scottish Academy: Dail Behennah, Sue Lawty, Celia Pym, Elizabeth Ashdown, Sarah Jane Henderson and Sadhvi Jawa. 

Until 30 January at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Kat Wheeler: New Beginnings

Leach Pottery in St Ives celebrates the transition of Kat Wheeler, who, after 10 years at its studio, is moving to her own workshop. The ceramist will show functional wares and standalone pieces, made with techniques honed during this time at the Cornwall institution, as well as through international experiences in Japan and America.

Until 8 February at the Leach Pottery, St Ives

Gillian Lowndes, Collage with Tomato Root, c.1990. Photo: courtesy COCA

Gillian Lowndes: At the Edge

Forty works by the radical ceramic artist Gillian Lowndes are on show at York’s Centre of Ceramic Art. From the 1970s until her death in 2010, Lowndes created what she called ‘collages’: hybrid sculptures formed by firing clay with items ranging from bricks and stationery to cutlery and loofahs. 

Until May (date TBC) at the Centre of Ceramic Art, York Art Gallery 

Recollection: Memories in Glass

Just Glass is a group of more than 50 glass artists, ranging from established to emerging talents. For their latest group show on show at Espacio Gallery in London’s Shoreditch, the theme is memory.

21 January – 2 February at Espacio Gallery, London

May Morris, Maids of Honour, 1890s. Photo: William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest

May Morris: Art & Life

The youngest of William Morris’ daughters took charge of the Morris & Co embroidery department at the tender age of 23 and was responsible for creating some of its most iconic textile and wallpaper designs. Dovecot Studios 
in Edinburgh presents a landmark exhibition exploring her work.

Until 14 March at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

Remember Me: Charlotte Hodes Papercuts and Ceramics

This solo show at The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford shines a light on Charlotte Hodes’ work in the mediums of intricately cut paper and transfer-printed ceramics. Highlights include a 12-metre ceramic frieze titled Remember Me. 

11 January – 22 March at The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford 

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