Monthly Archives: December 2014
I am absolutely delighted to have been selected for the Crafts Council’s Hothouse scheme!
Hothouse is a professional development programme for emerging makers which runs from February 2015 for six months. It provides group sessions on things like business modelling, market and audience development and financial planning as well as a series of networking events, support from a peer buddy and 1:1 sessions with a mentor from the sector.
There are thirty-nine makers from across the UK taking part from a range of craft disciplines and we are split into 4 regional cohorts, I am part of the South east cohort. These are the other makers in my cohort:
Juliette Bigley (silversmithing, London), Jane Crisp(furniture/product, Ely), Alma Geller (jewellery, London), Beth Lewis-Williams (ceramic lighting, London), Rosalie McMillan (jewellery, London), Annemarie O’Sullivan (basketry, Isfield), Harry Owen (leatherwork, London), Rita Parniczky (textiles, London), Hollie Paxton(jewellery, London), Nadia Ricketts (textiles, London).
You can see images of work by all 39 participants on Pinterest.
I am so excited to be part of this programme and all of its opportunities, to be able to work closely with other makers and to really challenge and push my creative practice. I can’t wait to start!
Last weekend I took part in a fantastic course at Morley College – silver and pearl inlay into wood, taught by Sarah King. The first project was to make a pendant, the second a ring and then we could make whatever we wanted. We learnt how to create dots and lines by inlaying round silver wire into ebony, we also learnt how to add pearls. Here are some photos:
The course was very good, it is so helpful to be able to learn about suppliers, quantities and techniques, to be shown a process and to be able to ask questions. I will definitely be using some of these techniques in my own work and I need to source some ebony as I love the dark wood and silver combination!