UK Craft

Making a Manifesto

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Important in and of itself, a craft education isn't just about creating beautiful objects. It has a vital role to play in wider industry, helps with problem-solving (as Matthew Crawford illustrated in his best-seller The Case for Working with Your Hands), and contributes to general cognitive development.

Playing on the World's Stage

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

At the Crafts Council we believe that it's absolutely vital that we not only have a strong relationship with the craft organisations of other nations but that we also make sure we're exporting the products, skills and ideas of the best of the UK's makers to new places, opening up new opportunities and showing the world quite how good we are at making things.

The Best MA Talent in One Place

Sheila McGregor | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

For many people these days a 'masters' is the automatic next step after a three-year undergraduate degree. It deepens the knowledge gained during a first course of study and, in theory, sets you up with everything you need to know for working life after higher education.

THE DEATH OF CRAFT

Tom Harvey | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

As a country, our creativity is our strongest card. Witness the number of contracts and awards we win around the world, our architecture, film, television, theatre, fine art, games, music and advertising punches far above its weight, we are a tiny island, but a huge creative force.

Jane Austen's Ring 'Saved' But Shouldn't Jewellery Be Worn and Not Kept in a Museum?

Jessica Rose | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Rose

The announcement today that the iconic gold and turquoise ring that belonged to Jane Austin has been 'saved' from leaving the country on the hand of American pop star Kelly Clarkson, is, I believe, a bit of a mixed bag.

Breaking New Boundaries

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

One idea that I believe to be crucial is the sense of craft as a dynamic, contemporary area of practice. I believe that it can still too often be perceived as something that remains rooted in the 19th century, whereas making is constantly in flux, moving with the times while retaining skill and acute knowledge of materials at its heart.

History in the Making

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

We know how much materials matter to us: as Mark Miodownik points out in his new book Stuff Matters we name the stages of civilisation after them - the Stone Age, the Iron Age, and so on. So what can makers in the digital era glean from the Bronze Age?

Extending Craft's Horizons

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

On the surface, a high-end art fair held in Dubai and a digital conference in Bristol might not seem to have very much in common. But both act as important indicators of the Craft Council's direction, suggesting where contemporary making could go in the future, as well as where objects created in the UK might be sold.

Body Hacking: Arrival of the Grinders

Leo Kent | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Tech
Leo Kent

The rise of the Maker Movement has shown that people are hacking the physical, as well as the virtual, world. But why stop at hacking objects?

Why Reyner Banham Was Right

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 29.10.2012 | Home
Rosy Greenlees

The brilliant scholar and critic Reyner Banham was best known for his treatises on architecture, where he would compare ice cream vans with mediaeval cathedrals and explain the importance of bike sheds. However, he was originally trained as an aero engineer and it was this background of actually making stuff that he drew on when in 1973 he delivered a lecture entitled Sparks from a Plastic Anvil: The Craftsman in Technology.

A Potted History of Importance

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home
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Rosy Greenlees

In 1774, the first Josiah Wedgwood wrote: 'I have often wish'd I had saved a single specimen of all the new articles I have made, and would now give 20 times the original value for such a collection. For 10 years past I have omitted doing this, because I did not begin it ten years sooner. I am now, from thinking, and talking a little more upon this subject... resolv'd to make a beginning.'

Craft in an Age of Change

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 12.05.2012 | Home
Rosy Greenlees

We live in an era of flux. Technology is changing the way we work and consume, opening up new markets and transforming the manner in which traditional industries - music, newspapers, book publishing - go about their business.

Crafting Capital

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 11.03.2012 | Home
Rosy Greenlees

The nitty-gritty policy work that the Crafts Council does on behalf of the craft sector is not perhaps as glamorous as high profile exhibitions like the recent Power of Making at the V&A (their second most popular exhibition in the last ten years). However - it plays a vital role in how craft is perceived across government.

Spook-ermodel: Hallowe'en Fan Heidi Klum Does A Spot Of Pumpkin Carving

www.mydaily.co.uk | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Style

Earth's unofficial representative for Hallowe'en and supermodel (in that order), Heidi Klum, is renowned for her 31 October enthusiasm. At this time o...