Collect 2020

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We started the week with a magnificent rainbow arcing across London. A good omen and promise for the days to come.

Ruup & Form gallery were given (I think) one of the best rooms in the South wing, beautiful light and looking out over the Thames. Varuna Kollanethu, gallerist curated an elegant space showcasing nine craft makers all working around the theme of ‘Lost and Found’.

From left: Hannah Lobley, Hannah Gibson, Varuna Kollanethu, Bridget Harvey, me, Katie Spragg. Missing: Claire Malet, Kuniko Maeda, Eva Fernandez, Spriha Chokhani. With Katie Spragg’s delicate porcelain and concrete sculpture in foreground.

Robin Shelton in action recording the moment. From left: Spriha Chokhani (textile), Hannah Gibson (glass), Alison Brown (ceramic), Katie Spragg (ceramic).

Kissing the sheep skull for luck

Varuna chose to show Feather Boa with both versions of surface treatments – copper glaze and black/white terra sigillata wound together, with a whiter skull. This piece evolves and changes shape every time it is shown.

Having the opportunity to meet so many interesting and interested people was my highlight of Collect. david__m_ watts being a case in point, and such nice spectacles! Wearing the statement porcelain necklaces encouraged conversations and smiles. They are large and fun and performative.

Detail of Feather Boas, Bones and Amulets (soaring off into the sunset). Images: Robin Shelton Photography.

Elsewhere. The very lovely Parisien Aline Putot-Toupry worked collaboratively with Japanese ceramist Maria Murayama as part of an exchange between makers from Paris and Kyoto – Savoir-Faire des Takumi. Something I would really enjoy doing in the future. Aline and I did bond over bones she found mud larking near her hotel.

Some highlights. Kim Seyong’s double walled exquisitely carved vessel. Laura Quinn showed a number of very interesting mixed media glass pieces – I loved her use of recycled rubber tyres above. I missed seeing Katrin’s Aquatopia installation a couple of years ago, so was pleased to see this new work employing glass and electro-forming.

Sophia and Liana’s Vertical Jewellery Garden was striking and gorgeous – 3D printing / ceramic mending / chain and enamels. A beautifully thought out display. Ikuko’s delicate porcelain with found objects was wisely displayed high up and out of reach of tempted fingers at Cavaliero Finn. Another Vertical Garden Installation was displayed at jaggedart by Valeria Nascimento. Intricately constructed from porcelain multiples, I’ve only just realised the connection between the first and the third images above, and how an idea can be interpreted with fascinatingly different outcomes.

Collect 2020 26th February – 1st March 2020, Somerset House, London.