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“This is a unique opportunity to see how today’s craftsmen/women are working and the exhibition is breathtakingly beautiful.” [PE, Cheltenham]

19th-28th August 2017

craft&design Award

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design


2018 dates to be confirmed.


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craft&design Award

Every year at Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design we see some truly exceptional exhibits on display from our carefully selected alternative disciplines, without such inspirational and creative work the exhibition wouldn't be complete. 

We are delighted that craft&design have come on board to represent these disciplines through their 'craft&design Award' at Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design.

2017 Winner

'Cloud' glass sculpture by Adam Aaronson

The judges said:

"This surprisingly large free-blown glass form is technically brilliant in the making.  But more than that, when you look at it closely it reveals a multitude of fascinating colours and patterns within.  Today glistening with drops of rain in the sunshine, it looks spectacular in its outdoor setting.”

This was Adam's third year exhibiting with us at Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, he had yet another fabulous display of smaller glass pieces within the exhibition (pictured below) but we are delighted that it was actually his larger outdoor sculpture that was selected by craft&design to be the winner of the 2017 award. (Adam pictured below with his winning piece.)

Adam has told us that his 'Cloud' sculptures were developed from his ‘Garden within a Flower’ series of glass vessels and forms, depicting a colourful abstract ‘flowerscape’ upon their surfaces. These pieces were inspired by 17th Century Dutch flower paintings, and they are evocative of the shapes and vibrant colours of the floral masterworks.

In addition to being an exceptional craftsman in his discipline, designing and making these fantastic pieces, Adam is also an enthusiastic teacher and enjoys passing on his glassblowing skills.  He runs a number of highly popular glassblowing courses from his studio in Surrey tailored to suit anyone from beginners onwards.  More details can be found on his website here.

2016 Winner

‘Black Headlight’ Mechanical Clock by Louise Parry

The judges said:

“Louise’s work epitomises the very concept of craft and design.  She uses traditional skills to create stunning contemporary pieces and this clock from her new range particularly appeals to us.”

We spoke to Louise to understand a little more about the inspiration behind this beautifully distinctive timepiece and discovered that The ‘Black Headlight’ Mechanical Clock was designed whilst she was on a trip to New Zealand.  Louise was commissioned to make a watch in Britannia silver with black rhodium plating for a client who is passionate about classic cars.  ‘I was really taken with the subtle beauty of the black rhodium when combined with textured silver and was driven to make a larger timepiece using the same effect. Taking inspiration from my favourite place in New Zealand, the Nelson Car Museum.

Louise told us that housing the mechanical movement in silver is always the challenging aspect when designing a silver clock. To create this timepiece she explains: 'I built cardboard models based around the classic car ribbed headlights that I saw there (Nelson Car Museum), which were then translated into silver.’

The movement for the clock is British made and we love the fact that it can be seen and enjoyed through a viewing window in the top of the case. Louise’s attention to detail throughout her design is exquisite and delicate.  In this piece she has used tiny white and mink diamonds to highlight the central line through the textured surface of the clock, giving it the distinctive look prevalent in her work.



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