Damascus Steel Knife Making by John Neeman

I thought I’d bring another familiar face back into the fold today as we revisit the work of traditional craftsman John Needman and his “Birth of a Tool” film series, which documents one of his tools being lovingly put together by hand. Previously I’d brought across the first instalment of the project where many of us enjoyed seeing one of his beautiful axes being cast and hammered into …

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Sara Flynn Exhibition at Erskine, Hall & Coe

I thought we’d return with a little update on Erskine, Hall and Coe today as they run a great deal of exhibitions that are well worth making a trip to see. They introduced me previously to the work of Mexican artist Gustavo Perez, which I highlighted to a few of you here, and today I was pleased to come across an artist working a bit closer to home, Sara Flynn who’s based in Cork, Ireland. Her exhibition at Erskine closes on Thursday so I …

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Series of Ceramics by Mary Kay Botkins

I thought I’d come through with a little ceramic work this afternoon to compliment what we’ve already curated so far this week. So once again I scoured around the various creative networks to see what I could come up with and I landed upon the page of Mary Kay Botkins, who I have to admit I’m not all that familiar with. Based in East Dundee, Iiinois Mary is a potter who creates some quite fascinating objects that are designed for function, yet take …

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Works by Verónica Jaramillo’s Ceramic Workshop

I’ve been on a serious hunt for some ceramics over the past week or so. I didn’t want to settle for something of lesser quality, that’s not my style, and it wasn’t really on my list to pull a selection from Japan again since I’ve turned to there a lot lately in search of inspiration. So I took an indirect route and discovered these creations made by Verónica Jaramillo’s ceramic workshop in …

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Art Quest London Interview Billy Lloyd

One subject we don’t often touch upon here is business, as to be honest with you we aren’t particularly motivated by the idea of making lots of money. I’m sure this may seem strange to many but we can honestly say that our platform is founded upon our passion for sharing creativity alone. What really drives us forward is the idea of a creative community, supporting other independents so they can fulfil what they consider to be their …

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Ceramics by Clam Lab Studio

Ceramics and pottery haven’t featured too heavily this week, which is a bit of a surprise, I feel a little like I’m getting withdrawal symptoms at the moment so I’ve been on the search for a series this morning to fill the void. Chance would have it that I stumbled upon the talents of Clair Catillaz’s earlier who runs her own studio in northern Brooklyn within the Greenpoint area, and I was really taken with her collection of white stoneware and porcelain …

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Furniture Designer: Taylor Donsker

Believe me when I say we’ve seen a lot of craftsmen, creatives, designers and makers over the years and heard many, many stories. Some of these are regularly repeated and you very quickly develop a nose for who is regurgitating the same message and those with genuine drive and passion to create something completely unique. The character we came across this morning in that context falls into the latter bracket, I heard his …

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Short Film on Harrison McIntosh

Film has been our main weapon of choice over the past few days so I’m going to continue on this note and introduce you all to another captivating character named Harrison McIntosh. Perhaps that’s a little ignorant of me, the fact is many of you may of come across this individuals work previously as Harrison is regarded as one most famous ceramic artists of the Pomona Valley in Southern California and is known internationally. Considered as a …

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Short Film on Tobias Petri by Freunde von Freunden

As times passed and the Freunde von Freunden collective has developed it’s been a big inspiration to take in all the multi-talented individuals that they’ve interviewed the world over. When the project first began they didn’t have the opportunity to branch out of Germany all too often, so when you see they are connecting with “friends of friends” out in the Americas and as far as Mexico and …

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Short Film on Woodturner Robin Wood

It’s not everyday that we are lucky enough to come across a film documenting a maker perfecting their craft, but today I’m excited to highlight the work of woodturner and artisan Robin Wood who is based in Peak District, England. Robin is in fact quite a specialist individual, according to his word he is the only soul in England left turning wood in this traditional way. Unlike other woodturners he uses a manual system of pulleys and levers controlled …

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Wooden Sculpture by Ben Butler

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the patterns that naturally emerge here on the platform, we often go through periods of focusing on one material making it easy to get overstocked in that specific department. Recently we seem to have kept the balance just right, but not too long ago ceramics were taking over, and wire working before this, with wood being shunned a little bit until the last few weeks with lots of inspiring Japanese …

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The Art of Steam Bending by David Trubridge

We turn our attention now to David Trubridge, one of New Zeland’s most iconic and innovative furniture designers in an engaging short film I enjoyed watching earlier this morning. Created as a means to document the process behind one of the designers creations we are taken inside the company workshop and offered a glimpse of the Sling model being built which is part of the limited edition signature range. As you might of …

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