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The Crystal Makers – Stourbridge

May 31, 2014

Stephen made a pilgrimage to Stourbridge yesterday to see the glass cutter Richard Lamming and visit Broadfield House Glass Museum. The museum is a real gem.

Good to see our two pieces in the museum including a bowl specifically purchased for the cameo collection.

Fantastic black and white film below on view at the museum. There are some gems in this film which are as pertinent now for glassmakers as when the movie was made.

The film resonates particularly well with us as the first glass makers of Rosedale were Huguenots and we both studied glass making in Stourbridge, “glass making is a way of life,  It gets in your blood”.

The Cuckoo Flower Limited Edition Bowl 1The Cuckoo Flower Limited Edition Bowl 2

The Cuckoo Flower Limited Edition Bowl

May 15, 2014

Cuckoo Flower Bowl
Limited Edition of 50 Bowls
Made to order in a colour of your choice, this bowl features the spring cuckoo flower, so named because it flowers as the cuckoo calls.
It’s a delicate pinky-white-to-lilac flower, now abundant in Rosedale as the verges, now designated wildlife corridors by the North York Moors National Park, are left uncut.
The variety of wild flowers is increasing each year and they’re becoming easier to spot in the wild verges. 

All the wild flowers are exquisite and delicate, an essence we hope this bowl captures.

To order a bowl give us a call on 01751 417550 or email studio@gilliesjonesglass.co.uk
£195 plus P&P £15
H11cm ø15cm

 

Design Nation

May 7, 2014

Many thanks to Sue Pryke for the interview for the Design Nation Blog and of course the marvellous Andrew Tanner. http://www.designnation.co.uk/blog

Mission Statement:
Design Nation successfully connects the excellence in Craft, Design and Product by providing collaboration between entrepreneur, industry and a wider creative economy. Design Nation addresses the present whilst challenging the future for British design through a framework of support across the UK and internationally.

Design Nation; future thinking for design and craft.

History:
Peta Levi MBE, founder of Design Nation had her obituary written by journalist and photographer Barbara Chandler in the Independent,
click here to read about this champion of British design and her lifelong passion for promoting craft design and product.

Guy Salter

Guy Salter

March 20, 2014

Good words, well written by Guy Salter, Chair & founder of the Crafted programme.

“Craftsmanship has long been part of the luxury mantra – and never more so than now. There is something of a symbolic, almost talisman-like aspect to it. It has become de rigueur for brands to extol their craft virtues; telling that story with beautifully shot print ads depicting craftsman at work, or for those that are able to, organising special open days or travelling exhibitions featuring their most talented makers.

This is clever and necessary marketing.  Responding to the customer’s desire for reassurance about the price they are paying and so asking searching questions about quality, provenance and the like.  The issue is how much substance is there backing up the marketing? Only a relatively small number of mainstream luxury companies still have outstanding craft credentials and have built their business models, pricing, employment policies and marketing around the ‘making’ philosophy. Indeed, some of the best practice in terms of product quality is now seen by new smaller luxury brands that eschew expansion and ubiquity in order to be niche and specialised.  In doing so they have cleverly bought themselves a place at the top table, even if that is about reputation not size.

In a similar way, just as Luxury has had ‘a good crisis’, so have the best independent makers.  Top end shopping streets are increasingly looking the same the world over, so the hunt for something truly unique, genuinely bespoke, is gathering pace.  Commissioning something from an independent craftsman requires sophistication and confidence but is a natural evolution for the discerning consumer.  In that sense it is a ‘Back to the Future moment’, as this is where luxury started hundreds of years ago.

In my view this is based on a truth; that despite advances in technology and precision engineering by intelligent machines, nothing can replicate something that has been made by the human hand.   Another truth – this matters to consumers.

Despite the long term trend at the top end of the market favouring talented makers, being a craftsman is a difficult, demanding and often lonely road to travel.  One of the biggest challenges being the commercial know-how and business acumen to turn talent and skill into products that sell, generate a profit and pay the mortgage.

This was why I founded the Crafted mentoring programme in 2007.  Since then we have supported some fifty makers and, thanks to the time and generosity of our mentors, made an appreciable difference to their sustainability and commercial viability.  Thanks to the incredible support from Vacheron Constantin, we now have another opportunity to celebrate both our makers and the role of craftsmanship in contemporary luxury by staging the Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional showcase for the second year running. Vacheron Constantin’s vision to promote traditional skills is nothing short of inspiring and I am indebted to their patience and understanding that true luxury, just as exceptional making, is a long game and as much about investment as marketing.”

read the fulll piece on line and see details of the exhibition at the RA here

Crafted Makers of the Exceptional

Crafted – Makers of the Exceptional

March 19, 2014

Step inside the hidden world of Britain’s most talented designer makers at the Walpole British Luxury Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional showcase at The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens on Thursday 3rd until Saturday 5th April 2014.

Sponsored by Vacheron Constantin
#CraftedShowcase

Kate will be in London for the 3 days with her lathe and glass finishing bowls and showing 5 pieces in the exhibition.