Crafts Study Centre

Crafts Study Centre The Crafts Study Centre is a specialist university museum open to the public as well as a research centre and home to internationally renowned collections of modern British craft.

The Crafts Study Centre is a specialist university museum open to the public as well as a research centre and home to internationally renowned collections of modern British craft. The Centre's acclaimed collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as makers' diaries, working notes and photographs dating from the 1920's. We host inspiring exhibitions by leading artist-makers, lectures, symposiums and open days. We foster scholarship and writing about modern and contemporary craft and publish new books and monographs. The Centre's research library is available by appointment for those interested in learning more about our collections. Our shop offers a selection of ceramic, glass, jewellery, textiles and calligraphy from renowned and emerging artists and crafts people from the local area and further afield. Work on sale in our shop would appeal to both collectors or those seeking a unique affordable gift. We also carry a range of publications from both the Crafts Study Centre and other publishers, along side greetings cards and postcards. Purchases can be made in person at the Crafts Study Centre or by telephone.

Don't forget to book your tickets for our Director's talk 'Crafting the Gallery' on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 1pm. Call...
30/05/2019

Don't forget to book your tickets for our Director's talk 'Crafting the Gallery' on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 1pm.
Call 01252 891450 to book a place or call into the Crafts Study Centre. More information can be found at www.csc.uca.ac.uk
Photograph - Janet Leach & Mary Redgrave the founders of New Craftsman

Director's BlogIt was a very great privilege to be ‘In Conversation’ with UCA Chancellor Professor Magdalene Odundo ...
08/05/2019

Director's Blog
It was a very great privilege to be ‘In Conversation’ with UCA Chancellor Professor Magdalene Odundo at The Hepworth Wakefield on Saturday 4 May. Her extraordinary exhibition ‘The Journey of Things’ presents the most comprehensive body of her ceramic work ever seen in the UK, along with the works from many museums and private collections that give them particular context. It is a ground breaking show, a ‘game-changer’ as Amanda Game said during the event, and the packed audience for this event was a testament to Odundo’s international reputation and the quiet authority of her practice. The exhibition transfers to The Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia in August 2019, and is not to be missed

Tim Johnson in Conversation with Greta Bertram, our artist talk this afternoon. Tim has been a practising artist and bas...
03/05/2019

Tim Johnson in Conversation with Greta Bertram, our artist talk this afternoon. Tim has been a practising artist and basket maker for over twenty years. Tim discussed his practice, inspiration and research with the Crafts Study Centre's curator Greta Bertram. Come and see Tim's wonderful exhibition 'Lines and Fragments'.

Photo Credit: Tim Johnson Curve Series (No.3)
02/05/2019

Photo Credit: Tim Johnson
Curve Series (No.3)

Artist & basketmaker Tim Johnson  will open his new exhibition at the Crafts Study Centre tomorrow. Don't forget to book...
02/05/2019

Artist & basketmaker Tim Johnson will open his new exhibition at the Crafts Study Centre tomorrow. Don't forget to book your ticket for his talk 'In Conversation with Greta Bertram' our curator. Tickets available by calling 01252 891450. Exhibition runs until 31st August 2019.

The Crafts Study Centre was really pleased to welcome a Chinese delegation today as part of the Crafting Futures program...
01/03/2019

The Crafts Study Centre was really pleased to welcome a Chinese delegation today as part of the Crafting Futures programme with @BritishCouncil @British_Design

It was lovely to welcome UCA Journalism students, Tayo and Adam with their tutor Charles this morning.  Tayo and Adam di...
11/01/2019

It was lovely to welcome UCA Journalism students, Tayo and Adam with their tutor Charles this morning. Tayo and Adam did some filming in the Michael OBrien exhibition for their course work.

Danlami covered bowl, part of the Michael OBrien exhibition.  For sale in the Crafts Study Centre shop
11/01/2019

Danlami covered bowl, part of the Michael OBrien exhibition. For sale in the Crafts Study Centre shop

Crafts Study Centre's cover photo
29/11/2018

Crafts Study Centre's cover photo

CSC welcomes Rosy Greenlees, CEO of the Crafts Council, visiting the Richard Slee exhibition
23/11/2018

CSC welcomes Rosy Greenlees, CEO of the Crafts Council, visiting the Richard Slee exhibition

Photographs taken by Richard Slee last night at his very successful Artist Talk here in the gallery, surrounded by his w...
26/10/2018

Photographs taken by Richard Slee last night at his very successful Artist Talk here in the gallery, surrounded by his work.

Richard SleeEye, 2018
26/10/2018

Richard Slee
Eye, 2018

New exhibition open now,in association with Hales Gallery. Richard Slee:Framed on until 15th December. For this exhibiti...
19/10/2018

New exhibition open now,in association with Hales Gallery. Richard Slee:Framed on until 15th December. For this exhibition, Slee has brought together wall-mounted ‘frames’ - a collection of wall works exploiting both glazed clay combined with found materials. He describes these as ‘a study collection of pieces: pictures at an exhibition’

'Brought to Book', the exhibition draws work from across the range of the Crafts Study Centre's collections and investig...
07/09/2018

'Brought to Book', the exhibition draws work from across the range of the Crafts Study Centre's collections and investigates the ways that particular collections relate to a book of some description. The image shows a hand block printed length of cotton and the book 'Hand Block Printing and Resist Dyeing' both by Susan Bosence. This is such an interesting exhibition, come and have a look

Come and see the beautiful limited edition scarves by Kas Williams,we have for sale in our shop
24/08/2018

Come and see the beautiful limited edition scarves by Kas Williams,we have for sale in our shop

Busy setting up the exciting new exhibition 'Brought to Book' in the Tanner Gallery. We are hoping to open the exhibitio...
16/08/2018

Busy setting up the exciting new exhibition 'Brought to Book' in the Tanner Gallery. We are hoping to open the exhibition on Saturday at 10am (a little earlier than planned)

Angus Suttie Trustee, Jeffrey Weeks reviews the current exhibition 'Angus Suttie' at the Crafts Study Centre
09/08/2018

Angus Suttie Trustee, Jeffrey Weeks reviews the current exhibition 'Angus Suttie' at the Crafts Study Centre

Crafts Study Centre's cover photo
28/07/2018

Crafts Study Centre's cover photo

A selection of beautiful, functional and enchanting ceramics from Veronica Newman, Samantha Robertson (SJR Ceramics) Ash...
28/07/2018

A selection of beautiful, functional and enchanting ceramics from Veronica Newman, Samantha Robertson (SJR Ceramics) Ashley Howard and Jenny Southam available from the Crafts Study Centre shop.

The Angus Suthie exhibition is open ahead of schedule. The allusive, energetic, hand-built ceramics were powerful contri...
19/07/2018

The Angus Suthie exhibition is open ahead of schedule. The allusive, energetic, hand-built ceramics were powerful contributors to the postmodern era of the 1980’s. Although his work sometimes has an ironic and even playful edge, he was deeply thoughtful about its humanist intentions, and the references are present not just for play, but for critical, sometimes political provocation. Suttie could use the conventional form of the teapot, transform it through innovative, complex and entirely unexpected shapes, and reflect on the themes of death or sexual expression. He said that he wanted to make pots ‘that shock us, console us, that are life-affirming or that haunt us’.
The exhibition is influenced by Suttie’s personal collection and significant archive. The selection, by collection trustee Jeffrey Weeks and curator Gregory Parsons, has been both profoundly personal and critically objective. The exhibition is presented in a partnership between the Ruthin Craft Centre (who originated the exhibition) and the Crafts Study Centre.

New jewellery for sale in our shop, by metalwork designer & maker Rosie Wesley. Rosie is a graduate from UCA Farnham and...
06/07/2018

New jewellery for sale in our shop, by metalwork designer & maker Rosie Wesley. Rosie is a graduate from UCA Farnham and is currently working from her studio at The Sorting Office in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Come and have a look at her beautiful work.

It isn't too late to book a ticket for the Craft & Text Conference on 9th July. Pop in or call us on 01252 891450http://...
22/06/2018
Craft and Text: Conference

It isn't too late to book a ticket for the Craft & Text Conference on 9th July. Pop in or call us on 01252 891450
http://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/new-events/2018/7/9/craft-and-text-conference

A one day conference convened by the Crafts Study Centre and the International Textile Research Centre.  The theme of the conference is the resonant relationship between craft and text. This may take literal as well as metaphorical forms: from critical analysis to ceremonial letter

A very exciting, interesting and busy Private View for the MA Project: Remastered yesterday. If you haven't seen it, do ...
21/06/2018

A very exciting, interesting and busy Private View for the MA Project: Remastered yesterday. If you haven't seen it, do come along and have a look, the exhibition is on until 8 September.
http://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/new-events/

Inspiring Day. CSC Director joins The Study Day at the Fitzwilliam Gallery, Cambridge. Final Event for 'Things of Beauty...
19/06/2018

Inspiring Day. CSC Director joins The Study Day at the Fitzwilliam Gallery, Cambridge. Final Event for 'Things of Beauty Growing'

CSC Director joins The Study Day at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Final event for 'Things of Beauty Growing'.
19/06/2018
Whats On

CSC Director joins The Study Day at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Final event for 'Things of Beauty Growing'.

Jan 2 to Aug 11 Peter Collingwood Woven:Unwoven (Closed Sundays & Mondays) Tue, Jan 2, 2018 10:00 AM10:00 Sat, Aug 11, 2018 4:00 PM16:00 Google Calendar ICS In 1950  the young Dr Peter Collingwood decided to abandon his medical career and dedicate himself instead to becoming a weaver. Collingwood d...

Lovely to have the MA students here this morning, working on their exhibition 'Remastered'. Opening on Wednesday 20th Ju...
14/06/2018

Lovely to have the MA students here this morning, working on their exhibition 'Remastered'. Opening on Wednesday 20th June and showing until Saturday 8th September

Crafts Study Centre's cover photo
14/06/2018

Crafts Study Centre's cover photo

Come and hear Loucia Manopoulou & Catharine Slade-Brooking give their presentation 'Allusive Crafts: Drawing words, writ...
14/06/2018

Come and hear Loucia Manopoulou & Catharine Slade-Brooking give their presentation 'Allusive Crafts: Drawing words, writing Letters' at the Craft & Text Conference on July 9. To book a place call 01252 891450 https://bit.ly/2sERWdc

Join us for the one day 'Craft and Text Conference' on July 9th 2018 convened by the Crafts Study Centre and the Interna...
07/06/2018

Join us for the one day 'Craft and Text Conference' on July 9th 2018 convened by the Crafts Study Centre and the International Textile Research Centre. Keynote speakers include the eminent academics and practitioners Alice kettle (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Timothy Donaldson (Falmouth University).
Conference: 10:30am-4:30pm
Reception: 5.00pm-6:00pm
Conference Fee: £20]10 students and the waged - includes refreshments.
Advanced booking is essential and can be made in person or by calling 01252 891450

Come visit our New Textile Exhibition 'Fortuitous Circumstances' which opens on the 5th June. It includes pieces from Ri...
30/05/2018

Come visit our New Textile Exhibition 'Fortuitous Circumstances' which opens on the 5th June. It includes pieces from Rita Beales, Peter Collingwood, Makeba Lewes, Sally Greaves-Lord, Ann Richards & Kate Blee.
http://bit.ly/2ll10BG

Detail from a scarf - Makeba Lewis
30/05/2018

Detail from a scarf - Makeba Lewis

Visit our Gallery Shop this week to see 'Hand Crafted' - A selection of work from our Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery and Met...
15/05/2018

Visit our Gallery Shop this week to see 'Hand Crafted' - A selection of work from our Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery and Metalwork second year BA students.

We have the Peter Collingwood Woven:Unwoven private viewing today at 12:30-13:30. Come and have drinks and nibbles and h...
11/05/2018

We have the Peter Collingwood Woven:Unwoven private viewing today at 12:30-13:30. Come and have drinks and nibbles and have a look at lovely exhibition!

Calligraphy posters for Sale : by Ann Hechle. Sound, Rhyme....Come and see this beautiful Calligraphy!
11/05/2018

Calligraphy posters for Sale : by Ann Hechle. Sound, Rhyme....
Come and see this beautiful Calligraphy!

Ashley Howard new ceramics for sale.  We are open from Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm, Satruday at 10am-4pm.
04/05/2018

Ashley Howard new ceramics for sale.
We are open from Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm, Satruday at 10am-4pm.

LECTUREPROFESSOR SIMON OLDING: ‘THINGS OF BEAUTYGROWING’: BRITISH STUDIO POTTERYWEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2018RECEPTION :5.00p...
25/04/2018

LECTURE
PROFESSOR SIMON OLDING: ‘THINGS OF BEAUTY
GROWING’: BRITISH STUDIO POTTERY
WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2018
RECEPTION :5.00pm-6.00pm
Lecture 6.00pm -7.00pm
Tickets: £5.00- advance booking required, call 01252 891450

The lecture will consider the curatorial process underpinning the exhibition ‘Things of Beauty Growing’ arranged for the
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT and now on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge from 20 March to
18 June 2018. It will also reflect on the reactions to the exhibition, billed as the first museum show of modern British
studio ceramics in the US, as well as the differing approaches to interpretation in the US and the UK. The co curators
of the exhibition are Dr Glenn Adamson, Senior Research Scholar and Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research
and Curator of Sculpture at the Center and Simon Olding.
Simon Olding is Director of the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, UK. A writer and a curator, he
has a special interest in craft practice and organisations located in south west England. He is Chair of the Bernard
Leach (St Ives) Trust, and his current research focuses on Leach’s personal ceramic collection. He is President of
Walford Mill Crafts and a patron of SITselect. He sits on the gallery committees of Arts University Bournemouth and
Aberystwyth University.

John Neilson is giving a talk on Monday 23 April about the lettercarving of Ralph Beyer.It’s organised jointly by the ...
20/04/2018
The lettercarving of Ralph Beyer, a lecture by John Neilson

John Neilson is giving a talk on Monday 23 April about the lettercarving of Ralph Beyer.
It’s organised jointly by the Twentieth Century Society and Art & Christianity and is at The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ, which is near Farringdon station. Starts 6.30pm.
He will focus on a few of Beyer’s larger inscriptions in churches and cathedrals, so there will be quite a lot about Coventry cathedral. Also a glimpse at his upbringing and the factors which influenced his work. The talk will last for approximately 45 minutes with time for questions. You can get your tickets from
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lettercarving-of-ralph-beyer-a-lecture-by-john-neilson-tickets-42741217131

Ralph Beyer (1921-2008) was an inscriptional carver best known for his huge ‘Tablets of the Word’ in Coventry Cathedral. He was probably the first letter carver in 20th-century Britain to deliberately depart from formal regularity. His approach owed much to his background: a childhood in Weimar ...

There are still tickets available for the talk by Nao Matsunaga this evening. Reception from 5 - 6 pm and talk 6-7 pm at...
18/04/2018

There are still tickets available for the talk by Nao Matsunaga this evening. Reception from 5 - 6 pm and talk 6-7 pm at the Crafts Study Centre. Don't miss this great opportunity to meet Nao and hear about his work. Call 01252 891450 to book a place.

Peter Collingwood - Woven:Unwovendetail of the very large 3D macrogauze panel, woven in linenCome and see this stunning ...
13/04/2018

Peter Collingwood - Woven:Unwoven
detail of the very large 3D macrogauze panel, woven in linen
Come and see this stunning piece of work. Exhibition on until 30 June 2018

Final addition to the gallery for the Nao Matsunaga exhibition, 'Raw Faces'. Installation of a wall by Hannah Davies, @H...
13/04/2018

Final addition to the gallery for the Nao Matsunaga exhibition, 'Raw Faces'. Installation of a wall by Hannah Davies, @Hannah_M_Davies
More of Nao's work to be on display soon
Exhibition showing until 26 May with an artist talk on 18 April

Nao Matsunaga
11/04/2018

Nao Matsunaga

Nao Matsunaga: Raw FacesThe exhibition of new sculptures in wood and clay by Nao Matsunaga has opened at the Crafts Stud...
05/04/2018

Nao Matsunaga: Raw Faces

The exhibition of new sculptures in wood and clay by Nao Matsunaga has opened at the Crafts Study Centre, exploring what he says are ‘the relationship between abstraction and symbolism, primal and digital, gravity and balance’. A new essay on the artist has been commissioned by the CSC from Dr Glenn Adamson has been published on www.csc.uca.ac.uk.

Please join us for the reception (500pm) and artist’s talk (600pm) on Wednesday 18th April. Advance booking is required but the event is free to all staff and students. We look forward to seeing you there.

We are very excited that Nao Matsunaga is here today, setting up his exhibition 'Raw Faces'.  This will open tomorrow at...
28/03/2018

We are very excited that Nao Matsunaga is here today, setting up his exhibition 'Raw Faces'. This will open tomorrow at 10 am, ahead of schedule, until 26th May.

PETER COLLINGWOOD: WOVEN | UNWOVEN UCA M Res Crafts student Caroline Burvill has curated a fantastically rich exhibition...
21/03/2018

PETER COLLINGWOOD: WOVEN | UNWOVEN UCA M Res Crafts student Caroline Burvill has curated a fantastically rich exhibition celebrating the work and collections of Master Weaver Peter Collingwood OBE. The exhibition displays the Crafts Study Centre’s research and study collection alongside Collingwood’s own work and can be seen until 30 June 2018

New Veronica Newman's porcelain has arrived! All selling at CSC Farnham Gallery space.
16/03/2018

New Veronica Newman's porcelain has arrived! All selling at CSC Farnham Gallery space.

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