Crafts Council

Making in the Modern World

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

The executive director of the Crafts Council on the organisation's ground-breaking new conference Since joining the Crafts Council, one thing I've be...

Making a Manifesto

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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.

The Importance of Place

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Making and provenance are inexorably linked - it might seem our economy is dominated by housing and banking, but manufacturing still retains the power to give a nation a sense of identity.

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.

A Classroom Culture Clash

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

If Britain is to protect its international reputation in the arts and creative industries and the sector is to flourish in the future then it's crucial that these subjects - of which crafts are a vital part - are taken seriously in our schools.

Hard Times and Thriving Design

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

The recent publication of Modern British Furniture: Design since 1945, Lesley Jackson's fascinating history of the British furniture industry, has reminded me of the adage that design thrives in times of recession.

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.

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.

Going Bacc to the Future

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rosy Greenlees

As the whole saga untangles, we are delighted that art and design will be retained in the National Curriculum, and that its importance both to the economy and as a tool to broaden pupils' grasp of the world around them has been recognised.

Making's World-Wide Appeal

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 14.01.2013 | Home
Rosy Greenlees

In many respects Chennai was an apposite spot to hold the World Crafts Council's International Summit. A city historically rich in making, it's also at the heart of India's burgeoning new economy, being the nation's second largest exporter of software, information technology and information-technology-enabled services.

Fired Up for the Future

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home
Rosy Greenlees

The aim of the project is to re-awaken school kilns all over England, introducing a new generation of children to the possibilities (both creative and practical) of clay, and encouraging them to take these skills further forward in their education and subsequently the wider economy.

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.

The Power of Making

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

You only have to watch the crowds of visitors transfixed by the films in Power of Making to realise that people remain fascinated by how things are made. Yet, for a gamut of reasons that began with the industrial revolution and encompass globalisation as well as technological advances, our chance to have direct contact with makers and making has decreased considerably.