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 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 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.

Operating as usual

Don't forget to book your tickets for '50th Birthday Lecture for the Crafts Study Centre'Wednesday, October 20, 20216:30...
15/10/2021

Don't forget to book your tickets for '50th Birthday Lecture for the Crafts Study Centre'
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Chair of the Crafts Study Centre, Alison Britton, will give this special lecture celebrating the founding of the CSC on 1st April 1970.
Read more https://bit.ly/3j10qpa
Call 01252 891450 or email [email protected] to book your place

Don't forget to book your tickets for '50th Birthday Lecture for the Crafts Study Centre'
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Chair of the Crafts Study Centre, Alison Britton, will give this special lecture celebrating the founding of the CSC on 1st April 1970.
Read more https://bit.ly/3j10qpa
Call 01252 891450 or email [email protected] to book your place

Installation of the exhibition 'Presence & Absence' opening on October 5th is making good progress. Curated by Deirdre F...
28/09/2021

Installation of the exhibition 'Presence & Absence' opening on October 5th is making good progress. Curated by Deirdre Figueiredo with Dr. Stephen Knott. bit.ly/2Wmme6E

Although the selection of works will be fundamentally based on the CSC’s permanent collections and archives, as independent curators they will seek new meanings from the careful assemblage of artefacts and records drawn from the foundation years of the CSC up to the present day.

Installation of the exhibition 'Presence & Absence' opening on October 5th is making good progress. Curated by Deirdre Figueiredo with Dr. Stephen Knott. bit.ly/2Wmme6E

Although the selection of works will be fundamentally based on the CSC’s permanent collections and archives, as independent curators they will seek new meanings from the careful assemblage of artefacts and records drawn from the foundation years of the CSC up to the present day.

Join us at the CSC for an online webinar, LIPSTICK TRACES: Encounters in the Object Archive, by Glenn Adamson during Oct...
28/09/2021

Join us at the CSC for an online webinar, LIPSTICK TRACES: Encounters in the Object Archive, by Glenn Adamson
during October Craft Month on 06 Oct, 2021 at 14:00 pm (UK time)

Register via the CSC website, to attend https://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/programme

Join us at the CSC for an online webinar, LIPSTICK TRACES: Encounters in the Object Archive, by Glenn Adamson
during October Craft Month on 06 Oct, 2021 at 14:00 pm (UK time)

Register via the CSC website, to attend https://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/programme

The installation of Caroline Bartlett's exhibition 'A Restless Dynamic' opening on 21st September is making good progres...
16/09/2021

The installation of Caroline Bartlett's exhibition 'A Restless Dynamic' opening on 21st September is making good progress this week.
For more details about the exhibition and to book a place on our Meet the Artist day on 13 October visit https://bit.ly/3kfCZtd

The installation of Caroline Bartlett's exhibition 'A Restless Dynamic' opening on 21st September is making good progress this week.
For more details about the exhibition and to book a place on our Meet the Artist day on 13 October visit https://bit.ly/3kfCZtd

A very enjoyable afternoon celebrating the MA Ceramics, Jewellery & Glass Graduation show.  Don't forget to come and see...
03/09/2021

A very enjoyable afternoon celebrating the MA Ceramics, Jewellery & Glass Graduation show. Don't forget to come and see the exhibition before it finishes on 9th September

Gaining Ground - An exhibition of groundbreaking art and craft,  come and see this wonderful work by MA glass, MA Cerami...
03/09/2021

Gaining Ground - An exhibition of groundbreaking art and craft, come and see this wonderful work by MA glass, MA Ceramics and MA Jewellery Graduates. From 3rd September until 9th September, the exhibition is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am- 4pm on Saturday

We Made It - UCA BA Craft Graduates of 2021Sat, Jun 19, 2021 10:00 AM  Wed, Jun 23, 20215:00 PMWe Made It celebrates the...
18/06/2021

We Made It - UCA BA Craft Graduates of 2021
Sat, Jun 19, 2021 10:00 AM Wed, Jun 23, 20215:00 PM

We Made It celebrates the UCA craft graduates of 2021. This show incorporates a broad range of skills and ideas, it promises to challenge perceptions and evoke emotions. Come and see the next generation making their way in challenging times.

This weeks blog is the Curator's choice by Greta Bertram- David Pye (1914-1993) was an accomplished wood-turner and carv...
11/06/2021

This weeks blog is the Curator's choice by Greta Bertram- David Pye (1914-1993) was an accomplished wood-turner and carver. He trained at the Architectural Association and, reacting against the trend for concrete, specialised in wooden buildings. He went on to become Professor of Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art 1964-1974. One of the things he is perhaps most well-known for is his fluted bowls, made on his specially designed ‘fluting engine’, primarily consisting of a turntable for the work to sit on, a cutter, and a pivot about which the cutter swings.
Read more https://bit.ly/3va2MVT

This weeks blog is the Curator's choice by Greta Bertram- David Pye (1914-1993) was an accomplished wood-turner and carver. He trained at the Architectural Association and, reacting against the trend for concrete, specialised in wooden buildings. He went on to become Professor of Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art 1964-1974. One of the things he is perhaps most well-known for is his fluted bowls, made on his specially designed ‘fluting engine’, primarily consisting of a turntable for the work to sit on, a cutter, and a pivot about which the cutter swings.
Read more https://bit.ly/3va2MVT

We are very happy to let you know that The Crafts Study Centre will reopen to the public on Tuesday 1st June with social...
29/05/2021
Current Programme — Crafts Study Centre

We are very happy to let you know that The Crafts Study Centre will reopen to the public on Tuesday 1st June with social distancing measures in place and a maximum of six visitors at a time. Come and see our fabulous exhibitions and have a look around our shop. We very much look forward to welcoming you back
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The Leach Pottery was founded by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1920. This exhibition, drawn from the collections of the Crafts Study Centre, is a tribute to the centenary. The works on display include ceramics acquired since the year 2000, although some early works by Hamada and Leach from the 1...

CERAMIC REVIEW: CURATOR'S CHOICE - Professor Simon Olding talks to Ceramic Review about his choice piece from the Crafts...
14/05/2021

CERAMIC REVIEW: CURATOR'S CHOICE - Professor Simon Olding talks to Ceramic Review about his choice piece from the Crafts Study Centre’s exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Leach Pottery in St Ives.
Read more here https://bit.ly/3hqsQJq

CERAMIC REVIEW: CURATOR'S CHOICE - Professor Simon Olding talks to Ceramic Review about his choice piece from the Crafts Study Centre’s exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Leach Pottery in St Ives.
Read more here https://bit.ly/3hqsQJq

The Crafts Study Centre has recently been gifted a bowl by William Staite Murray. Straightforward in its shape, but ener...
11/03/2021

The Crafts Study Centre has recently been gifted a bowl by William Staite Murray. Straightforward in its shape, but energetic in its decoration, the abstract brush markings comprising blogs, drops and swooping stripes in iron-rust, deep brown-black seem like some ancient calligraphic script. We are so very grateful for this gift. You can read more about it on our blog https://bit.ly/38vHcTh

The Crafts Study Centre has recently been gifted a bowl by William Staite Murray. Straightforward in its shape, but energetic in its decoration, the abstract brush markings comprising blogs, drops and swooping stripes in iron-rust, deep brown-black seem like some ancient calligraphic script. We are so very grateful for this gift. You can read more about it on our blog https://bit.ly/38vHcTh

Now in stock and available to purchase online, 'Bernard Leach: Discovered Archives' by Professor Simon Olding. A new Cra...
11/02/2021

Now in stock and available to purchase online, 'Bernard Leach: Discovered Archives' by Professor Simon Olding. A new Crafts Study Centre publication celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Leach Pottery in St Ives in 1920. It is a new study on the studio potter Bernard Leach and has been edited by Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre.
https://bit.ly/3aUVVHR

Now in stock and available to purchase online, 'Bernard Leach: Discovered Archives' by Professor Simon Olding. A new Crafts Study Centre publication celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Leach Pottery in St Ives in 1920. It is a new study on the studio potter Bernard Leach and has been edited by Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre.
https://bit.ly/3aUVVHR

We are delighted to have sent out the first orders for The Inscriptions of Ralph Beyer by John Neilson and published las...
22/01/2021

We are delighted to have sent out the first orders for The Inscriptions of Ralph Beyer by John Neilson and published last week in association with @lhartbooks #ralphbeyer (1921-2008) was exiled from Germany aged 16 and made his home and life in England. As a #stonecarver he is probably best known for inscriptions and for his huge #tabletsoftheworld in #basilspence #coventrycathedral If you would like to buy a copy, they are for sale in our shop https://bit.ly/2Y34gTV

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#lettercarving #lettercarvinginstone #coventrycathedral #twentiethcenturydesign #lettering #stonecarving #ralphbeyer #tabletsoftheword

CRO/1/11, 22, 23, 76. Letters from Robin Tanner to his friend Cecil Crouch, 1923 – 1928.
07/01/2021

CRO/1/11, 22, 23, 76. Letters from Robin Tanner to his friend Cecil Crouch, 1923 – 1928.

The Crafts Study Centre is delighted to announce the imminent publication of two new peer reviewed books. John Neilson’s...
07/01/2021

The Crafts Study Centre is delighted to announce the imminent publication of two new peer reviewed books. John Neilson’s The Inscriptions of Ralph Beyer and Simon Olding’s Bernard Leach: Discovered Archives. Both books mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Crafts Study Centre in 1970.
Read more here https://bit.ly/3pV9exL

Sadly, the Crafts Study Centre is currently closed to visitors in accordance with government and UCA guidelines. We will...
01/01/2021
Crafts Study Centre

Sadly, the Crafts Study Centre is currently closed to visitors in accordance with government and UCA guidelines.

We will update on our re-opening in due course.

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The Craft Study Centre's acclaimed collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as diaries, working notes and photographs of makers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

We now have a new batch of jewellery from @pearlandthemoon  Melanie is a local maker and her work is very popular in the...
10/12/2020

We now have a new batch of jewellery from @pearlandthemoon Melanie is a local maker and her work is very popular in the #craftsstudycentre shop.
Please feel free to pop in and browse (we are open until 4pm on Friday 12th December) -we have lots of lovely giftable and collectible pieces by a variety of makers. Don't forget you can now shop our bookshop online.
https://bit.ly/3a5VvPY
https://bit.ly/378OiNz

We are delighted to announce that we now have an online bookshop! 📖 Here you can purchase books published by the Crafts ...
05/12/2020

We are delighted to announce that we now have an online bookshop!
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Here you can purchase books published by the Crafts Study Centre alongside other great crafts titles and exhibition catalogues too. There’s also a small selection of cards and postcards.
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We’ll be adding to our titles over the coming months so do keep checking back!
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Postage is currently free to any UK Mainland address. If you’d like to purchase from overseas please give us a call on 01252 891450 or email us at craftscentre.uca.ac.uk
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Last date to order for Christmas Delivery is 1pm on Friday 11th December. Orders received after then won’t be posted out until the NY.

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CRAFTS STUDY CENTRE AT 50: THE REMIX'The Remix’ is a re-presentation of the Centre’s fiftieth anniversary exhibition ‘Mo...
26/11/2020

CRAFTS STUDY CENTRE AT 50: THE REMIX
'The Remix’ is a re-presentation of the Centre’s fiftieth anniversary exhibition ‘Moving Forward: The Crafts Study Centre at 50’, which sadly had to close several months earlier than planned due to covid-19. In the original exhibition, the CSC’s Trustees, former Chairs and members of the Acquisitions Committee each selected a group of objects that were of particular interest to them and their fields of study in modern craft. The Remix contains a curated selection of those objects alongside new additions picked by the Centre’s staff to make a total of fifty items – a sort of ’50 at 50’.
The ‘Moving Forward’ exhibition was accompanied by a series of short essays from the Trustees, Chairs and Acquisitions Committee about their choices; in this blog the Centre’s staff explain their selections…
Read more here
https://bit.ly/3m8SSQP

THE CRAFTS STUDY CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FROM 5 NOVEMBER UNTIL 2 DECEMBER 2020, due to the new lockdown meas...
04/11/2020

THE CRAFTS STUDY CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FROM 5 NOVEMBER UNTIL 2 DECEMBER 2020, due to the new lockdown measures put in place by the government.
A big thank you to everyone who has supported us since our reopening at the end of September. We shall look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Crafts Study Centre as soon as we can.

Please continue to monitor our website and/or social media pages for further updates
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Frances Hatch - The Common Ground, last chance to come and see this wonderful exhibition, finishing on Saturday 31st Oct...
22/10/2020

Frances Hatch - The Common Ground, last chance to come and see this wonderful exhibition, finishing on Saturday 31st October. Book your visit via our website https://bit.ly/35lpiQZ

This week we are featuring two short films on our blog, 'In Conversation' Director of the Crafts Study Centre Professor ...
03/10/2020

This week we are featuring two short films on our blog, 'In Conversation' Director of the Crafts Study Centre Professor Simon Olding and artist Frances Hatch discuss her inspiration behind her latest exhibition The Common Ground. The film is split into two parts, just under 15 minutes each.
See more here
https://bit.ly/3nfyvCk

Our exciting new exhibition ‘The Leach Pottery: 100 Years On from St Ives’, opens on 29 September and draws from the col...
24/09/2020

Our exciting new exhibition ‘The Leach Pottery: 100 Years On from St Ives’, opens on 29 September and draws from the collections of the Crafts Study Centre, in a tribute to the centenary.
Read more here
https://bit.ly/3i1NzQh

The Crafts Study Centre is very much looking forward to reopening again on the 29th September 2020.  Visitors are asked ...
17/09/2020

The Crafts Study Centre is very much looking forward to reopening again on the 29th September 2020. Visitors are asked to please pre-book on our website to help ensure safety for everyone
https://bit.ly/3ktmaIO

Crafts Study Centre Blog - Curator, Greta BertramIn a new series focusing on the collections of the Crafts Study Centre,...
11/09/2020

Crafts Study Centre Blog - Curator, Greta Bertram
In a new series focusing on the collections of the Crafts Study Centre, introduced by our Director Simon Olding in our last post, Curator Greta Bertram explores some of our ceramics collection - internationally renowned for its collection of 20th century British studio ceramics. We have large numbers of works by Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie and many more. Other key figures include: Paul Barron, Richard Batterham, Norah Braden, Michael Cardew, Simon Caroll, Philip Eglin, T.S. (Sam) Haile, Henry Hammond, Gillian Lowndes, William Staite Murray, and Denise Wren. Read our post to find out more.
https://bit.ly/33jF6T3

Our featured artist on Meet the Makers this week is local artist Robert Goldsmith and Selbourne Pottery, Robert says 'Al...
02/09/2020

Our featured artist on Meet the Makers this week is local artist Robert Goldsmith and Selbourne Pottery, Robert says 'All my work is hand thrown and turned stoneware. No machines or moulds are used and the traditional techniques have taken many years to perfect. The pottery does not try to mimic the past but draws on skills rarely practiced today.'
Read more here
https://bit.ly/3jAa8g8

An Introduction to our CollectionsRobin Tanner, a much-loved teacher and a skilled etcher, was one of the pioneering fou...
24/08/2020

An Introduction to our Collections
Robin Tanner, a much-loved teacher and a skilled etcher, was one of the pioneering founder Trustees of the Crafts Study Centre. He wrote that ‘ a group of friends – craftsmen and educationists – met from time to time in the late 1960s, to discuss the possibility of founding not a museum of objects untouchable behind glass but a living, expanding Study Centre where work could be held in the hand and enjoyed, and a whole archive consulted’. Read our blog here bit.ly/3jeNoCl

One of our Makers Jonathan Garratt grew up with his father’s collection of Ming porcelain from Shanghai in 1948 and Sier...
17/08/2020

One of our Makers Jonathan Garratt grew up with his father’s collection of Ming porcelain from Shanghai in 1948 and Sierra Leone narrowstrip weaving bought in 1940 as curtains in the living room. Pots and textiles were normal. His mother ran an all women architecture practice in Notting Hill,so the idea of Design was normal too. Read his blog bit.ly/3iQs5Xc

Ben Williams one of our Trustees speaks about his selections for the current exhibition 'Moving Forward'. Read his blog ...
13/08/2020

Ben Williams one of our Trustees speaks about his selections for the current exhibition 'Moving Forward'. Read his blog here bit.ly/33RwdSN

Our featured artist on our Meet the Makers page is Kas Williams She says, 'I have a very loose approach to making and I ...
03/08/2020

Our featured artist on our Meet the Makers page is Kas Williams
She says, 'I have a very loose approach to making and I like the sense of freedom that comes with experiment. I work in abstract form, two constant themes being colour and music. Colour for me has a lyrical energy and exuberance that resonates with music and a vibrant use of colour has become a signature of my work.'
Read more bit.ly/30oynXT

On our blog this week, the CSC Director, Simon Olding talks about our hopes to be able to soon share a new exhibition wi...
30/07/2020

On our blog this week, the CSC Director, Simon Olding talks about our hopes to be able to soon share a new exhibition with you all, focusing on the exceptional collections and archives of #bernardleach in support the centenary of founding the @theleachpottery by Bernard and #shojihamada
You can also read an essay by Simon on Bernard Leach: A Life of Collecting written for the Mingei Magazine @nihon_mingeikan and watch a short film he made for the #potteryandpeople exhibition at the Leach pottery.
Read more here https://bit.ly/3hOcMxR

Tim Parry-Williams, a Crafts Study Centre Trustee and Acquisition member, writes this weeks blog:The Crafts Study Centre...
23/07/2020

Tim Parry-Williams, a Crafts Study Centre Trustee and Acquisition member, writes this weeks blog:
The Crafts Study Centre holds a rich and diverse collection of objects that exemplify not only high degrees of material and practical understanding behind their creation but also the conceptual and creative vision of their makers. These many ‘masterpieces’ can stand together to describe and define the development of modern craft culture over the period of their collecting.
Read more https://bit.ly/3hz0QA9
#craftsstudycentre #textiles #ceramics

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We’re opening as usual time today from 10am-16pm.
The Crafts Study Centre is closed today 1st February due to weather conditions. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Our current exhibition Contemporary Art reinterpreted by West Dean Tapestry Studio Please come and meet Master Weaver Philip Sanderson! until 1 July 2017
Our current exhibition till 1 July 2017 Contemporary Art reinterpreted by West Dean Tapestry Studio Please come and meet Master Weaver Philip Sanderson!