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Craft Centre Leeds Joins Thousands in Celebration of Craft & Design Month

This month The Craft Centre and Design Gallery will be joining thousands of artists, makers, galleries and art and craft organisations in celebrating Craft & Design Month. First launched in 2011 by craft & design magazine, Craft & Design Month supports and promotes designer makers and small creative businesses across Britain.


A brand new show called Beneath the Surface will coincide with the start of this major occasion where The Craft Centre and Design Gallery will highlight the work of a trio of ceramicists making their mark in the world of contemporary craft. Visitors can expect to see this remarkable showcase of emerging talent by Kate Welton, Hannah Tounsend and Josie Seymour-Jones until the 30th July. Exploring stoneware, earthenware and porcelain with a variety of making and decorating techniques, each individual shares the love and beauty of mark making with their richly animated surfaces treating the clay as their canvas.

Alongside this exciting new show Another Life continues to celebrate the art of recycling with inspiring jewellery, sculptures and wall hung works by some of the most talented makers the UK has seen. Breathing new life in to once discarded objects this exhibition has seen a rise in visitor numbers to the gallery; and with that a new appreciation for the skill and talent of British craftspeople.

Hannah Tounsend, At Work
Josie Seymour-Jones at work

Rosie Bill showcases her jewellery as part of the show. After she graduated with a degree in metal work and jewellery from Sheffield Hallam, she spent her early career working for international fashion designer, Lara Bohinc, for whom she was her principal maker. But it was her previous job as a gardener that gave her the biggest source of inspiration; “I was continually digging up broken pieces of pottery which contained echoes of the past. Although chipped and grubby at the edges, the detail of the patterns in each fragment inspired me to create my ‘Lost & Found’ jewellery collection, in which I set the pieces into silver to create unique and contemporary jewellery.”

That’s not the only reason to visit the Craft Centre this May though as they launch Double Stamp Saturdays; visitors making a purchase of £10 or more for individual items can expect to receive not one but two stamps on their loyalty cards every Saturday in May.

Artistic Director Hayley Walker commented on the events taking place this Craft and Design Month: “Up and down the country contemporary craft is really being put in the spotlight so we wanted to thank our visitors for their support with our Double Stamp Saturdays event. Every purchase made at the gallery supports not only the work that we do here with our seasonal exhibition programme but supports the work of individual artists so they can continue what they do best, make beautiful pieces that we can cherish and hand down to the next generation.”

Opening hours
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Please contact the gallery approaching Bank Holidays for revised opening hours.

Kate Welton, at work