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Crafts Council

The Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary crafts in the UK. The Crafts Council's work is organised into three strands: creative economy, building audiences, and championing craft. Our funding contributes to core costs and supports the artistic programme, strategic partnerships and advocacy work, maintaining the Crafts Council Collection, education, market development initiatives, regional artistic programming and touring, publishing and communications.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £2,484,641
  • 2013-2014: £2,541,788
  • 2014-2015: £2,612,896

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A film about jeweller Jacqueline Mina OBE. Mina uses traditional goldsmithing techniques in unorthodox ways. Her extensive technical knowledge allows her the freedom to express her art with her own characteristic contemporary aesthetic without losing sight of a commitment to beautifully crafting a jewel that is at once refreshingly individual and wearable. Jacqueline Mina was represented at COLLECT 2014 by Bishopsland, UK. COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects was held at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 9-12 May 2014. #COLLECT14 Director: Guy Gotto / Original Score: Evan Gildersleeve / Sound Design: Greg Niemand / Graphic Design: Catherine Perrott / Camera Operator: Joe Mannion Thank you to Jacqueline Mina OBE

Architecture meets making

In this film, Space Craft makers Laura Ellen Bacon and 6a architects discuss their work and practice. Space Craft is a touring exhibition developed by the Crafts Council and Habitat in partnership with Crafts magazine and curated by its editor Grant Gibson. Work will include a piece from the Crafts Council Collection by celebrated ceramicist Edmund de Waal, willow sculptures by Laura Ellen Bacon, vibrant 3D-printed ceramics by Adam Nathaniel Furman and an entire cityscape made of wood and inspired by Grimms' fairy tales by FleaFollyArchitects. For more information on Space Craft please visit: A film by Jared Schiller

Place Making

Makers, architects and students collaborating on creating places 'Place Making: Makers and Architects in Collaboration' was a partnership project between the Crafts Council and Design South East (formerly Kent Architecture Centre) with the University of Kent, School of Arts as delivery partner. Collaboration between the two creative fields of architecture and craft is rich in potential. Following invited proposals makers were teamed with architects for an on-site two-day residency at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in March 2012.

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Design Days Dubai 2014

The Crafts Council is taking ten British makers to Design Days Dubai from 17 - 21 March 2014 to present selected pieces which showcase beautifully created contemporary craft that can be commissioned. Makers exhibiting; Bill Amberg Studio, Lee Borthwick, Lubna Chowdhary, Dovecot Studios, Patrick Laing, Andy Martin, Fay McCaul, Odd Matter presented by Vessel Gallery, Julian Stair and Studio Roso. We spoke to Fay McCaul and Lee Borthwick about the commissioning process and what it means to them.

Experimental animation meets pottery

A film by Jim Le Fevre, Mike Paterson and Roops and Al Johnstone (RAMP ceramics), commissioned by the Crafts Council. Jim Le Fevre is one of the makers featured in the Crafts Council touring exhibition Real to Reel: film as material in making. Real to Reel presents makers' films which are artworks in their own right. Jim Le Fevre presents 'Turntable' and 'Heavy Pencil', which use a digital camera and record deck to clever effect to create contemporary incarnations of the zoetrope, a traditional method for creating animation dating back to the 1830s. For more information on the Real to Reel tour visit The Crafts Council supports thousands of makers each year. Help us to give the next generation of makers the change to animate their dreams by donating £ 10 today. How it Works The film is based upon the principles of the Zoetrope - the difference being that instead of the slits that one would have in the drum around the side of the Zoetrope, it uses the shutter speed of the camera instead. Jim used 19 'frames' on the pot -- a good balance of space per frame (about 4 cm at the outside of the bowl) and amount of animation (0.7 of a second per loop). To get it up to speed it was simply pressing the floor lever gently until it was perfect in-frame for the camera (essentially it would be 78rpm and so therefore would work on a traditional 78 deck).

Keith Harrison performing Lucie Rie vs Grindcore, 2013

Comissioned for Sound Matters, a Crafts Council Touring Exhibition. Recorded at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2013. Camera: Satiyesh Manoharajah Sound: Adam Gutch Director and Editor: Jared Schiller

The Source - Anthony Scala

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of COLLECT we have asked COLLECT 2013 Gallery at London Glassblowing exhibitor, Anthony scala to explain in ten images the source of his inspiration for life and work

The Source - David Clarke

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of COLLECT we have asked COLLECT 2013 Gallery S O exhibitor, David Clarke to explain in 10 images the source of her inspiration for life and work...

The Source - Kate Malone

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of COLLECT we have asked COLLECT 2013 Adrian Sassoon exhibitor, Kate Malone to explain in ten images the source of his inspiration for life and work

The Source - Hitomi Hosono

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of COLLECT we have asked COLLECT 2013 Adrian Sassoon exhibitor, Hitomi Hosono to explain in ten images the source of his inspiration for life and work

The Source - Ikuko Iwamoto

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of COLLECT we have asked COLLECT 2013 Contemporary Ceramics Centre exhibitor, Ikuko Iwamoto to explain in 10 images the source of her inspiration for life and work

The Source - Hormazd Narielwalla

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of COLLECT we have asked COLLECT 2013 Project Space exhibitor, Hormazd Narielwalla to explain in 10 images the source of his inspiration for life and work

Anthony Scala - COLLECT 2013

We caught up with COLLECT 2013 London Glassblowing exhibitor Anthony Scala to get an insight into his making process and preparation for the show.

Repair is Beautiful by Paulo Goldstein

Paulo Goldstein's work is a celebration of repair, inspired by complexity, errors and its consequences. Goldstein developed a repair methodology that uses elements of broken systems to repair broken objects. His repaired objects reflect and question the environment that has created them.

Firing Up - Year 2 Evaluation

Firing Up is the Crafts Council's national programme highlighting clay and ceramics. Now entering its third year, the initiative has been development by the Crafts Council through a steering committee of representatives from NALN, NSEAD, University of the Arts (London), Clayground Collective and Ofsted.

Making is Connecting, David Gauntlett

In this filmed presentation, David answered questions that were crowd sourced through social media channels. He discussed making as a collaborative activity, and how it is enabled by digital communications technology.

The Craft of Surgery

Professor Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education, Imperial College London, PhD FRCS FRCSEd FRCGP and Joshua Byrne, Byrne & Burge, discuss the crossovers between surgery and tailoring.

You Blow Me Away - Louise Gardiner. COLLECT 2012

The Crafts Council asked film-maker Jessica Stevenson to make a short film on COLLECT 2012 Project Space artist Louise Gardiner making her ambitious five-piece embroidery installation -- You Blow my Mind.

Firing Up programme - outcomes of the first year of Firing Up

Interest in ceramics education is dwindling: the Crafts Councils response is a national clay programme to 'refire' kilns in schools and inspire learners. © Tim Hyde Films/ Crafts Council In its first year, we estimate that approximately 60 teachers and almost 2,000 pupils have directly benefited from the scheme, and would like to thank each and every individual from the HEIs, schools, and the makers, and those behind the scenes that have made this happen. More info can be found here,


This film, shown in the Crafts Council's touring exhibition, Breath Taking, demonstrates In the Same Breath, created by Kate Williams and played by Alan Tomlinson. In the same breath, a hand-blown, lamp-worked glass trombone is created using breath, and in turn can be reactivated by breath as it is played. It serves as a metaphor for breathing; the breath becoming visible as condensation, the glass allowing the viewer to see this. The film was devised and directed by Kate Williams.

Manchester Craft Rally - The Industry of Making

The Industry of Making held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Wednesday 8 December 2010, was the third Craft Rally. Around fifty makers attended, exploring ideas and experiences of bringing the significance of the handmade to impact and to develop industry, in many forms. The day was a mix of workshops, presentations, discussions, networking and socialising.

The Craft Club Mini Documentary

Craft Club is the national campaign for craft in schools and other cultural venues, run by the Crafts Council in partnership with the UK Handknitting Association (UKHKA) and the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI). This short film serves as a 'mini-documentary' for Craft Club, as told by the schools, venues, volunteers, parents and -- of course -- the young people who are currently enjoying participation in a Club. Featuring Craft Club volunteers, staff and pupils from St Nicholas Primary School (Oxford), St Paul's C of E School (Brighton) and The Women's Library (London), the film demonstrated the benefits for all involved. © Tim Hyde Films/ Crafts Council, 2011.

Kate Malone prepares for Robilant+Voena exhibition

This film follows the artist Kate Malone at her studio's in London as she builds a group of large scale ceramic pots for an exhibition. Many thanks to William Taylor.

Sing in Sand and Roar in Furnace Fire

Glassblowing is highly physical; involving the controlled, balletic, often repetitious and precise co-ordination of two people working together. In order to explore these characteristics, a choreographed work was commissioned to embody the physical involvement and communication inherent in glassblowing practice. The choreography has been generated as a response to a sound score, which is based on recordings of glassblowers at work. A duet between two dancers involves contact work to represent the essential elements of trust, cooperation and synchronicity. Neil Wissink, 2011

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