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Craftsmanship: the best of British Arts and Crafts

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Craftsmanship is undeniably an art that deserves to be praised and preserved. In the UK you can find a couple of fine examples of the best of British arts and crafts featuring techniques that have been preserved throughout the ages. Today we’re taking a deeper look at some of the best craftsmen (and women) that have taken the best British craftsmanship and obtained some amazing results.

One of the best European master artisans dedicated to glass sculptureAlison Lowry is a glass artist from Northern Ireland who specializes in the ancient glass casting technique of pâte de verre. Originally from a textile background, Alison started working with glass and fell in love with it as an expressive yet challenging material.

Amanda Simmons is one of the best European glasswork master artisans. She is based in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. She undertook studies in glass and architecture at Central St Martins School of Art in London and set up her studio near Castle Douglas in 2006.

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Currently, her work is influenced by research at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness with scientists based at the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso.

David Collins Studio

craftsmanship Craftsmanship: the best of British Arts and Crafts David Collins Studio2 1David Collins Studio is an award-winning interior architecture atelier which creates creative and inspirational designs, residential and retail projects worldwide. Established in 1985, The Studio collaborates with luxury brands and businesses which represent the best in their field, and with private clients that share its fascination with detail, craft and refinement. Due to this extensive portfolio, this is a globally renowned brand viewed as an expert in contemporary luxury design.

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Based in London, The Studio organized projects across five continents, including The Wolseley, The Connaught Bar and Harrods Shoe Heaven in London, Gleneagles in Scotland, The Ritz-Carlton Residences at MahaNakhon in Bangkok, and The Delaire Graff Estate in South Africa.

Eleanor Lakelin

craftsmanship Craftsmanship: the best of British Arts and Crafts Eleanor Lakelin3 1Eleanor Lakelin, currently considered as one of the best European master artisans, is a London based artist dedicated to wood sculpture. She has a deep understanding and love for natural materials which in turn has transformed her artistic life.

For example in her “Echoes of Amphora Series” (2018) she created vessels from horse chestnut burr, hand turned, sandblasted and bleached. In “Void Vessel” (2015) the piece was entirely made with Horse Chestnut Burr and in “Ferrous Shift” she used sequoia wood.

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She loves wood, its history and origin and the fact that it is a living material. She has spent many years perfecting form and experimenting with how the properties of wood can be used to express the rhythm of time and our relationship with the earth.

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Eleanor exhibits a lot of her precious art pieces internationally and her artworks won many awards and commendations. Her wood sculptures are present in numerous prestigious collections worldwide.

Max Lamb

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Max Lamb was born in 1980 and he combines traditional and ancient craftsmanship techniques with digital design. He is known for using highly uncommon approaches to natural materials, including pouring pewter onto sand, and volcanic rock. He is also known for his energetic and long-lasting methods of production.

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Lamb attended Amersham & Wycombe College for art and design in 2000 where he received several awards. He also received a City and Guilds Photography Certificate in 2000. He later attended Northumbria University, receiving a degree in Three Dimensional Design. In 2006 he achieved his master’s degree in design products from the Royal College of Art. A year later he started teaching Industrial Design at Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne in Switzerland, and later also taught at the Royal College of Art.

A good example of the best of Max Lamb’s work is his “Cleft Chair” (2016). This is a branch, of his Urushi Stool (092) made with the same technique of cleaving a freshly cut log in its ‘green’ state using a traditional froe.

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Lee Broom is one of the UK’s foremost product designers and a premium global design brand. With his highly innovative luxury furniture and lighting designs, his work is celebrated and retailed across the globe.

Since 2007, when his company was born, he created over 100 furnitureaccessory and lighting pieces, all of which are designed, manufactured and retailed under the Lee Broom brand. He also collaborated with several other top global brands including Christian Louboutin, Mulberry, Bergdorf Goodman and Wedgwood.

Taking inspiration from his background in fashion design, Lee tries to embrace and explore new themes while keeping his predominant and unique style. Using the highest quality materials, combined with the latest technology, Lee Broom constantly evolves and innovates, resulting in his signature, a mix of classicism and modernity.

Lee Broom’s wonderful designs can be seen in hotelsrestaurants and homes across the world as well as on magazine covers and in newspapers internationally. His masterpieces are both unique yet familiar as he uses classic styles and reinterprets them in original and contemporary ways with an unexpected edge.

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Some good examples of Lee Broom’s legacy are the Mini Crescent Chandelier” (made with opaque spherical mini pendant light with crescent-shaped brushed brass fascia) and the “Hanging Hoop Chair” (made with the combination of two brass plated steel circular hoops with a seat and backrest upholstered in Kvadrat wool).

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One of the most beautiful accomplishments is the “Time Machine” grandfather clock which was Hand-crafted from Carrara marble with the same basis as a traditional engineered clock mechanism with a solid brass pendulum, weight and hands.

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“Optical Light” is also another of his highlights made from powdered coated spun steel and blown from opaque glass, the asymmetry of the black stripes are in contrast to the classic spherical shape of the globe. Fun fact: When viewed from all sides, Optical’s linear pattern changes at every angle.

Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley

craftsmanship Craftsmanship: the best of British Arts and Crafts Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley 1 Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley are internationally considered as two of the best British artists sculpting in wood. They use organic materials, such as oak wood, and give them a solid, dramatic aesthetic and an authentic beauty with woodworking techniques. They are two of the finalists in the 2019’s Loewe Craft Prize.

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In here our highlight goes to  “Curved Block Seat” which is made of oak and carved from solid blocks of oak. Partridge and Walmsley are committed to revealing the inherent beauty of their materials their craftsmanship is in service to the materials with which they work. This honesty of approach is shown in this work’s compelling scale and simplicity of form.

Laura Hart

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Suffolk’s glass artist Laura Hart, one of the best master artisans in Europe, brings to life fine glass sculptures and functional glass tableware from her studio in rural Cavendish. She specializes in fused and kiln formed glass orchids, glass wildflowers and meticulously detailed fused and cast glass butterflies. Laura’s work brings several traditional glass making techniques together with the addition of sterling silver for anatomical detail. She focuses on fused glass production uniting 21st-century 3D design applications with ancient glassmaking techniques.

Her beautiful “Orchid Mirror” was featured in the Financial Times, ‘How to Spend it Magazine’. In this unique piece, there are three appaloosa phalaenopsis orchids set on a delicate metallic stem circling this large round mirror. This ends up making it become a beautiful looking glass by day and an ambient lighting piece by night.

James Devereux

craftsmanship Craftsmanship: the best of British Arts and Crafts JamesDevereux2 1 The glassworker James Devereux, currently one of the best master artisans in Europe, started to train in glass sculpture at the age of 15. Through this, he discovered a natural talent for this craft, specializing in working with hot glass, creating solid forms as well as blown pieces.

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In 2008, James opened his first studio in the Wiltshire countryside. He became a glass technician at the Royal College of Art in London in 2009, a position that he held until 2013. After leaving London in the same year, he started a studio with Katherine Huskie in the British countryside. James’s mastery of numerous skills and his high technical level contributed to the creation of unique and innovative works. His latest collection of Clovis works can be viewed at Vessel Gallery London.

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