Crafts Study Centre
Crafts Study Centre
University for the Creative Arts
Reception / Gallery Talks bookings
Group visits / Research visits
The Crafts Study Centre, established in 1970, has an international standing as a unique archive and collection of 20th century British crafts. The Tanner Gallery features work from the Centre's remarkable permanent collection while the Contemporary Exhibitions Gallery shows the work of today's most innovative craft practitioners. Digital images and essays about the collections can be found at http://vads.ac.uk/collections/CSC.html.
Bank Holidays, Sundays and Mondays, closed Saturday 20th December 2008 and reopen Tuesday 6th January 2009.
The Crafts Study Centre is home to an internationally-recognised collection of modern British craft. We hold inspiring free exhibitions of modern and contemporary craft year round in our two galleries. Our research library is available by appointment.
The Crafts Study Centre's collection embraces ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and wood, accompanied by reference books including makers’ diaries, documents, photographs and craftspeoples’ working notes. The collection includes work by influential figures such as Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper in ceramics; Ethel Mairet, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher in woven and printed textiles; and calligraphy by Edward Johnston and Irene Wellington; and furniture by Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley. Much of the collection and archive has been built up from donations and bequests. For example, Bernard Leach gave the Centre nearly one hundred of his pots, together with pieces he had collected in Japan, Korea and China (which influenced his work). He also bequeathed all his papers to the collection (including diaries that documented his time in Japan).
Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art
Key artists and exhibits
- Ceramics by Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper Woven and printed textiles by Ethel Mairet, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher
- Calligraphy by Edward Johnston and Irene Wellington
- Furniture by Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley