Collect 2017: Crafts Council

Martyn White

Posted on February 06 2017

Highlights from this year's Collect, an international art fair for contemporary objects run by the Crafts Council and hosted at the Saatchi Gallery in London. 

This year has already set many firsts, including my visit to Collect at the Saatchi Gallery. During the fair's five-day run, the Crafts Council gives visitors the opportunity to see and purchase contemporary works of art, sculpture and design. Covering ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery and much more, there is something for everyone to see, enjoy and love at this exciting international art fair. With so much on display and an incredible amount of unique designs to discuss, I wanted to share with you just a few of my favourite designs from this year's event. 

Decorative vase with purple trees and green glass Collect 2017Purple, green and brown glass contemporary decorative objects Collect 2017Glass blown decorative trees Collect 2017

The landscape vessel created by Jonathan Harris (top image) had to be one of my favourite works from this year's fair. The design has been created by carving through the interior and exterior of the vessel that has been formed by five separately coloured layers, essentially capturing the images within, playing with light to reveal hidden scenery and silhouettes. The same stand also showcased another personal favourite, Glass Bonsai created by Simone Crestani that can be seen directly above. Both of these designs interact with light in such an elegant way, constantly transforming with their surroundings. 

Colourful glass spiral design Collect 2017Gold and glass spiked artwork design Collect 2017Pink and orange glass sculpture design Collect 2017

The London Glassblowing Gallery also contained some of the Fair's most characterful designs, including the two colourful pieces seen above. Whilst I have never been attracted to multicoloured glass designs before, Collect and the creators involved have demonstrated just how well it can work. Upon leaving the Saatchi Gallery, I have discovered a new appreciation for glass design and the skills involved in creating these inspirational designs. 

Pastel textured contemporary designs at Collect 2017 Saatchi GalleryContemporary sculptural designs Collect 2017 Fair Saatchi GalleryCurving white contemporary vase sculpture Collect 2017Mother of pearl bowl Collect 2017 Crafts Council

Whilst glass appears to be the material choice for the year, there were many other incredible and innovative surfaces on display for guests to admire. I love it when artists manipulate a material to create something so unfamiliar and unusual that you can spend hours attempting to figure out exactly what it is. Anne Marie Laureys has achieved just that with her abstract pastel ceramics, reminding me of the natural form and weathered landscapes of desert valleys.

Metallic gold and silver rustic surface attached to spoon Collect 2017Collect 2017 rustic rusted designsBlack ceramic artwork sculpture Collect 2017Blue ceramic contemporary corral design Collect 2017

As Collect finishes its thirteenth edition, it is great to see that the Crafts Council can provide London with a fresh and exciting visitor experience. The Fair caters for the serious art collectors as well as the general public that are looking for contemporary design inspiration. This combination provides a diverse and unique atmosphere, allowing everyone to learn a little more about the craft. 

For further information on this year's event and the Crafts Council, visit their official website by clicking HERE.


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  • Alex Lamont: February 11, 2019

    Hi Could I ask who the mother-of-pearl piece is by? I can’t see any mention of the artist. Best Alex

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