In Pictures: A taster of objects from the Crafts Council 40:40 website

| 25 January 2012
Just in case you missed it, may we remind you that the Crafts Council turned 40 in late 2011. To celebrate, they produced a rather elegant website of objects chosen from 1,400 in the Crafts Council Collection.

By turns beautiful, enigmatic and occasionally baffling, these objects provide a tantalising glimpse into a public collection that forms an integral part of the council’s mission to promote and celebrate contemporary craft.

The website is the opening gambit in a series of bold, web-based explorations, the next of which is the launch of the collection catalogue and images library online.

Take a quick look at our selection then explore their meaning deeper on the 40:40 website.

a photo of a chair made out of a cork block
El Ultimo Grito, Miss Ramirez Chair© Crafts Council
a photo of two carved blocks resembling a sectioned spaceship
Paul Astbury, Space Ship
a photo of a chair
Fred Baier, Star Wars Chair
a photon of a compass protracter with a small model of a ballerina's foot attached to it
Maria Militsi from Ballet to Remember series
a photo of a metal pendant
Dorothy Hogg, Spirit Level
a photo of a metal sheet with a metallic feather-like wreath on it
Drummond Masterton, Star Tesselation Dish
a photo of a vase with a face and figurative motifs on it
Grayson Perry, Mad Kids Bedroom Wall pot
a photo of two small glass sample jars on a green baize with small silver animals spilling from one of them
Laura Potter, Cliché
a photo of a silver vase
Lucian Taylor, Big Beautiful Vase II
All images courtesy the Crafts Council.
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