The New Craftsmen Pop-Up At The Garage

Incongruously tucked away in a disused mews garage in the heart of Mayfair is The New Craftsmen pop-up shop.  Founded in 2012, The New Craftsmen is a ne2rk of makers from the British Isles working in a selection of crafts such as ceramics, basketry, glass blowing and textiles.  What pulls them all together into a coherent collection is a shared modern consider on standard craft techniques, the highest handmade good quality, and a sustainable, deep connection with culture and spot.

Right here’s my select of the ideal pieces obtainable to purchase from The Garage this festive season, and through The New Craftsmen on the internet store.

Tim Hurn's chicken brick

Tim Hurn’s chicken brick, £150

Potter Tim Hurn served an apprenticeship with John Leach, grandson of the “father of British pottery” Bernard Leach.  Tim generates wood fired salt glaze pottery in his traditional Japanese ‘Anagama’, or ‘cave’ kiln, in Dorset.  The firing process is time consuming, but this ancient method ensures that no 2 pots will be the exact same.  The good quality of the resulting pots illustrates the almost destructive effects of fire and salt on clay.

Basket by Hilary Burns

Medium Basket Platter, £95 by Hilary Burns

Initially skilled in woven textiles, Hilary Burns weaves sculptural baskets with classic methods employing her own grown willow, and hazel, oak and ash which is harvested locally to her studio in Devon.

Nicola Tassie Jug and Bowl

Nicola Tassie, Jug and Bowl, both £120

I initial came across glass blower Michael Ruh lately via his collaboration with one particular of my favourite textile designers, Sarah Campbell (see Sarah Campbell: Materials and Other Items).  Functioning from his south London studio, Ruh generates exquisite handmade glass vessels, like these Roundy Tumblers – excellent for that Christmas tipple!

Roundy Tumblers by Michael Ruh

Roundy Tumblers by Michael Ruh, £55

Clarity, purity and translucency are characteristics that each glass and ceramic possess, and this fascinates maker Andrea Walsh.  Her pieces, such as these faceted boxes, are formed of slip casting and kiln casting techniques, and each and every piece is then polished by hand.  Some things are enriched with burnished gold.

Andrea Walsh's Faceted Boxes

Andrea Walsh’s Faceted Boxes, from £225

Royal College of Art graduate Stuart Carey’s highly person, semi-porcelain stoneware is much sought soon after.  His celebrated hand thrown tableware is available in a new colour selection created solely for The New Craftsmen.

Sizzling Pouring Jug from Stuart Carey

Hot Pouring Jug from Stuart Carey, £70

The New Craftsmen Garage is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm, with late night purchasing right up until 8pm every single Wednesday and Thursday.  14 Adams Row, London, Mayfair, London, W1K 2LA.