Collect 2017, Luxury British Craft

This week, I went along to see Collect 2017 at the Saatchi Gallery.  Collect describes itself as ‘The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects’, and I like objects, particularly beautiful handmade ones very much.  So off I went to the Saatchi Gallery and spent the afternoon perusing all these weird and wonderful things.

37 galleries, selected by a panel of experts, were touting their wares – beautiful things, ceramics, jewellery, wood, metal and textiles, all made by established artists and makers.

They also had a section entitled Collect Open, which features more conceptual craft, from up-and-coming makers.

My most exciting finds were:

Vicki Amberley-Smith at Contemporary Applied Arts who creates the most amazing metal work jewellery and boxes.  I particularly like her rings with tiny towns on them 😍.

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Vicki Amberley-Smith

Shoko Koike at the Dukto Gallery who creates flower-like large scale stoneware sculptures.  The ‘petals’ on  White Form II look amazingly like hugely exaggerated real Magnolia petals.

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Shoko Koike

Hugh Miller‘s ‘The Coffee Cermony’ – a long low table made from British elm, dedicated to drinking coffee.  It has small brass rods protruding at one end specially designed to hold a hot kettle, and carved trays that hang beneath for storing all your coffee apparatus.  Influenced by Japanese design and Western cabinetry techniques.

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Hugh Miller

Domitilla Biondi‘s ‘Paper Poetry’ – at first I thought these white discs with exquisite bas-relief patterns, were carved in porcelain.  On closer inspection, they are actually carved pieces of paper or ‘sculpted paper’.  Biondi carves smooth white cardboard with a surgical knife, creating intricate patterns and images.  And, most incredibly, the card always remains as a whole, she never removes even a tiny piece when carving her creations.

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Domitilla Biondi

I did get a little snap happy in general, there were so many beautiful objects and I hope you enjoy the photos, and keep scrolling ☺️.

Alice xxx

Galerie Rosemarie Jager

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Metal beakers by Simone ten Hompel, Ceramics by Julian Stair
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Brooches by Mirei Takeuchi
Francesco Pavan
Francesco Pavan
Juliane Schölß
Juliane Schölß

 

Petronilla Silver

Bowl by Janice Tachenko
Porcelain bowl by Janice Tchalenko

 

Thalen & Thalen

Silver bowl by Thalen & Thalen
Silver bowl by Thalen & Thalen

 

Thalen & Thalen
Thalen & Thalen

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Ceramics by Valeria Nascimento 
Porcelian installations by Valeria Nascimento 

Ceramics by Valeria Nascimento

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Flow Gallery

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Stone on gesso works by Sue Lawty & ceramics by Akiko Hirai
Sue Lawty
Sue Lawty  
Akiko Hirai
Akiko Hirai

Dukto Gallery

Ceramics by Shoko Koike
Ceramics by Shoko Koike

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Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Olive ash shelf by Joseph Walsh
Olive ash shelf by Joseph Walsh


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Joanna Bird Contemporary Ceramics

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‘Approacing’ by Karoi Tatebayashi
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Ceramics by Pippin Drysdale

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Contemporary Applied Arts

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Metal boxes by Vicki Ambery-Smith

Made in Britaly

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The Scottish Gallery

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Metalwork jewellery by David Watkins and Wendy Ramshaw

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Maison Parisienne

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Copper and metal pearls mirror by Valerie Boy

Officine Saffi

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Ceramics by Irina Razmuskaya

In the Auction

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‘Witches Kitchen’ wood utensils by Tord Boontje

Widell Projects

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Ceramics by Maria Kristofferson

Collect Open 2017

Hugh Miller

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‘The Coffee Ceremony’ in English elm and brass by Hugh Miller

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Domitilla Biondi

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‘Paper Poetry’ by Domitilla Biondi

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Please let me know what you think 😀✏️

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