COLLECT Crafts Council at Saatchi Gallery 2017

It was a joy to be at the opening of COLLECT Crafts Council at Saatchi Gallery 2017 today.  A international showcase for makers of ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metal and textiles. A show for emerging artists and makers represented by over 37 of the worlds finest galleries. It is the 13th show open from the 2-4th February on London’s Kings Road.

A few of Natasha’s favourites are included in the images in this blog post: Cheon Wooseon’s geometric pots, Tanya Gomez A Day in thrown porcelain, textiles from Japan and Marlene Hartmann installation piece Rasmussen.

COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery showcases work of 700 makers of Craft. It is a show helping chosen international galleries to build their businesses representing the Craft Makers. There was a wonderful mix of Contemporary Craft makers exhibiting their work, through the galleries that represent. They were also showing the Essex House Tapestries by Grayson Perry. Then Showtime exhibition room explored the partnerships the Crafts Council have had with graphic designers. Showcasing a trip down memory lane.

At the Private View breakfast the winners of this years Best in show announcements were made: Best stand went to ‘Scottish Galleries’ a great winner. Outstanding gallery artist went to the Copper gallery for the small walnut table made with dust, leather and wax. Best Collect exhibitor – Claire Curneen for her ceramics.

The Crafts Council are also running a benefit auction fundraiser so they can raise the funds to develop the Islington ground floor area to show more of their archive of Craft Makers.

They also talked of the success and interest in ceramics that has grown from the Great Pottery Throw Down tv program. I know we all cannot wait in the Natasha Marshall studio for it to start!

If you can’t make it this year definitely watch out for next years dates. A real treat to see such a wonderful International Art Fair for finding and looking at contemporary pieces to buy and collect.

20 year anniversary since Crafts Council Funding.

The Crafts Council funded Natasha and Neil 20 years ago to open their own print studio. Today was a great day to be at the private view of Collect with the V&A for Natasha for this reason. Time to reflect on the creative journey she has been on since this time when they helped her start her own business.