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London Craft Week 6-10 May 2015

May 3, 2015

Our new limited Cherry Blossom bowl will be launched exclusively at the iconic Fortnum & Mason store during the first ever London Craft Week, where events will be taking place in various venues across the city from 6 – 10 May 2015 and on exhibition and available to purchase until 31st May.

We’re delighted to have been chosen to be part of a specially curated exhibition featuring the work of 28 luxury craftsmen, all of whom are part of the Walpole Mentoring Programme.

Many of the makers will be showcasing items of contemporary craft that have been made specifically for the Fortnum & Mason event, with a broad range of disciplines included – from ceramics, paper and jewellery to millinery, glass and silverware.

During the course of the event, there will be an open invitation to ‘meet the makers’ on Friday 8th May between 2-5pm, where members of the public are given the opportunity to see & speak to the exhibitors. Live demonstrations will also be taking place, enabling customers to learn more about the processes involved and the high level of skills required in order to produce these objects of superior quality.

In addition to glassware from Gillies Jones, Michael Ruh and Heather Gillespie, the Fortnum & Mason showcase will include the works of ceramicists Helen Beard and Chris Keenan, silversmiths Ndidi Ekubia and Shona Marsh, milliners Katherine Elizabeth, Emma Yeo and Bailey Tomlin, jewellers Ruth Tomlinson and Jesscia Poole. There will be a special focus on leather craftsmanship with Saddler Mia Sabel working alongside the brand Ettinger, her Walpole Crafted Mentor.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly store.

For details of all other events taking place during the London Craft Week, please visit the website to view the full brochure.

Crafted ShowCase

Crafted Showcase 2014

April 6, 2014

Had great time at the RA. Many thanks to the Walpole, Vacheron Constantin and the wonderful curators Peter Ting and Brian Kennedy. It was time well spent in the good company of talented people ,and what made the time pass so quickly was the very curious and charming visitors, including many who know Rosedale. Thank’s everyone.

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

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

FT How to Spend it arts special

FT How to Spend it arts special edition

February 15, 2014

Nice to see one of our one off pieces “Landscape Study” Green over Gold on the ‘eclectibles’ page. This is one of the new series of works exploring the beautiful landscape in which we live and work within, The North Yorks Moors National Park.

‘Our new works observe and reflect the evident structure of the landscape of the North York Moors. The pieces reflect the complex layers of lines, shapes, colour and textures found there,however, the work explores the idea that its beauty is to be found in its slow construction, carved and eroded by thousands of years of land management and the harsh northern elements.’

This place is always stunningly beautiful,  the changing light on the land is always a feast for the eyes and the soul and a constant source of inspiration for our work with glass.

Walpole Crafted – British Luxury

October 15, 2013

Good to hear ‘Walpole Crafted’ mentioned ‘as a way Walpole supports emerging luxury craftsmen’. Guy Slater of Walpole British Luxury on Radio 4  yesterday taking about
“Why do British luxury brands outperform other sectors in the international market? Why are earnings from UK luxury good set to double to £12 billion by 2017? Laurence Llewelyn Bowen reports on the appeal of British goods from Rolls Royce cars to high fashion handbags, from fine cloth and cashmere…”

Listen here available for the next 7 days.