Hand-crafted highlights from the #artistsupportpledge
With exhibitions, fairs and festivals at a standstill worldwide, artists are finding new ways to show and sell their work. One artist-led initiative is Matthew Burrows’ #artistsupportpledge: a hashtag helping to create a mutually supportive global economy of online sales. To help give makers the support they deserve during this difficult time, we're spotlighting a handful of hand-crafted highlights picked from the hundreds of submissions. Discover more about the hashtag #artistsupportpledge.
Translucent porcelain pots, decorated with fine lines of black glaze or gold leaf, are ceramicist Justine Allison’s contribution to the pledge. ‘I’m supported, I support, we support,’ says Allison. ‘It’s made a huge difference to my practice – I’ve learnt loads and have made some wonderful new connections.’
Jayne Armstrong’s elegant cups, dishes and vessels are lathe-turned from green oak, sycamore and beech, creating wavering rims as the wood dries. Of the #artistsupportpledge, she says: ‘This sense of community and spirit of generosity is one of the positive outcomes of this difficult time.’
Usually specialising in architectural ceramics and installations, for the #artistsupportpledge Kay Aplin is selling small porcelain wall tile reliefs. Her Botanical Structures series was wood-fired using soda, leaving each piece with unique marks and organic colouring.
‘I have decided to give #artistsupportpledge a go with some of the work that I currently have sat at home,’ says metalsmith Melissa Montague, who is selling a series of oxidised sterling silver and brass shovels as well as silver jewellery and copper bowls. ‘I think it is a brilliant initiative and really great way of people supporting each other.’
The self-described ‘miscellaneous folk artist’ and mosaicist Cleo Mussi is offering her characterful ceramic collages for sale. She says: ‘I am hoping to buy graduate work with my pledge, as this year’s arts degree students are having a tough time.’
‘I make pots, pots to be used, pots to be looked at and most of all, pots to be enjoyed,’ says Tim Lake. ‘Thanks very much to everyone who has purchased from me so far.’ The potter is offering a rustic range of stoneware cups, vases and lidded caddies, all thrown on the wheel then gas- and wood-fired.
Enameller, leatherworker and Hothouse participant Janine Partington’s submissions range from enamel pendants to carved leather panels and brooches. ‘I am unable to enamel at the moment,’ she says, ‘but am offering for sale a few pieces that I had begun making for fairs that are now no longer happening.’
Keen to get involved? Post images of work for sale using the hashtag, giving details of the works – priced to a maximum of £200. If people are interested in buying, they will direct message (DM) you. Every time an artist reaches £1,000 of sales, they pledge to buy £200 of work from other artist(s). Find out more about the #artistsupportpledge.