We’re thrilled to announce the 26 brilliant craft businesses that have been selected for Hothouse 2019!
Set up by the Crafts Council in 2011, Hothouse is a six month programme designed to help makers cultivate their creativity and develop their business know-how with equal measure.
Throughout the course, makers will travel across the UK completing a series of workshops including finance, self-presentation, marketing, business growth and creative thinking, with the added bonus of mentorship and 1:1 support.
Meet the Makers
Once again, this year’s cohorts are an impressive bunch… Covering a range of classic and more unusual disciplines, they include a leather worker, a 3D technologist, a toys and automata specialist, a metal worker, three wood workers, three jewellers, five textile makers, five furniture makers and seven ceramicists.
This year we made serious efforts to encourage applications from under-represented groups in craft, and we’re proud to say that Hothouse 2019 has 50% more BAME and/or disabled people than our 2017 programme.
Without further ado – please meet the Hothouse 2019 makers!
Andy King, King and Webbon Ltd
Angelina Mouyiaris, Angelina Jane
Anthony Dain, Anthony Dain Furniture
Bonnie Kirkwood, Bonnie Kirkwood
Caroline Draper, Caroline Draper Jewellery
Dalia James, Dalia James Studio
Darren Appiagyei, inthegrain
Darren Ball, Darren Ball Textile Artist
David Winter and Natasha Kurth, Winter and Kurth
Iris De La Torre
James Ross-Harris, Richard Warner and Jon Warshawsky, Blenheim Forge
Jan Lennon, Jan Lennon Furniture
Jenny Chan, Jenny Chan
Kat Evans, Kat Evans Ceramics
Laura Mathews, Laura Mathews Art
Louise Bell, Louise Bell Ceramics
Lucy MacDonald, Arra Textiles
Marie Jones, Kochi Kochi
Mitch Pilkington, Mitch Pilkington
Momoka Gomi, Momoka53
Rayvenn Shaleigha D'Clark
Thamasin Marsh, Taz Marsh
Hothouse has given me much more than I could ever have hoped for. Confidence, encouragement and opportunities. The possibility of a sustainable portfolio career.
As with all Hothouse participants, these guys really are the ones to watch. We can’t wait to see what the future holds; tune into our social channels and follow #Hothouse2019 to keep up with their journeys.