Ten makers you need to know about: COLLECT 2015 International Art Fair

| 05 May 2015

Ahead of the Craft Council's COLLECT, at the Saatchi Gallery from May 9 - 11 we select ten craft-based artists to watch in 2015


Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė

a photo of a car door with flower motifs across it
A Path Strewn With Roses IV, Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė, represented by Art Cart
A graduate of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė is a prominent member of the youngest generation of Lithuanian contemporary textile artists. Her unique technological style is borne out of a fascination with the ordinary man and daily life and her work often strikes a delicate balance between the “banality of beauty” and a love of utilitarian objects.

Adi Toch

a photo of a two pink metallic bowls
Adi Toch, Hold Out Your Hands, 2014 represented by Bishopsland
Silversmith Adi Toch completed her BA with First Class Honours from Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and followed it with an MA at the Cass, London in 2009. Fascinated by the practice of making vessels and containers, her work explores the morphological and spiritual qualities of sometimes functional objects. The result is a body of contemplative work that invites interaction and communication through its tactile essence.

Laura Youngson Coll

a photo of an object that looks like a jellyfish
Laura Youngson Coll, Vellum supernatural vellum, hair sheep leather armature. Represented by CAA © Laura Youngson Coll
Laura Youngson Coll initially trained as a sculptor and installation artist but has worked with bookbinders and leatherworkers for many years. Exploring the material qualities of leather and vellum, much of her work looks at ways in which we order and simulate the natural world in an attempt to understand its complexities. The work is also designed to question assumptions about the aesthetic of leather, provoke a closer look and articulate the often overlooked details of the environments we inhabit.

Chris Antemann

a photo of an ornate chandelier with small figure worked into it
Chris Antemann, Lemon Chandelier, 2014. Represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Chris Antemann is an American artist known for her contemporary parodies of 18th Century porcelain figures. Exploring male and female relationship roles, her characters, themes and incidents build upon each other, effectively forming a unique language that speaks about domestic rites, social etiquette and taboos. Themes from the classics, elaborate dinner parties, picnic luncheons and ornamental gardens set the stage for her twisted tales to unfold.

Peter Layton

a photo of a ceramic vase
Peter Layton, Amber Glacier, represented by London Glassblowing
Originally trained in ceramics, Peter Layton is self-taught as a glassmaker. His work is organic and tactile, striving to achieve a form of controlled asymmetry. His series evolve by 'sketching on the blowing iron' in the belief that an understanding of the work is best achieved through making. An inveterate beachcomber, his work is often drawn from some aspect of nature or something observed while travelling.

Shelley James

a glass, rose like sculpture with filament elements inside it
Shelley James, Essential Symmetry Series, Icosahedron. Reprsented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery© Image by Esther Segarra
Shelley James conducts PHD research which combines the optical and material qualities of glass with the graphic impact of print. Her work explores the psychology of perception and the material and virtual spaces, which has led to the development of new techniques to encapsulate lattices and patterns. She is interested in the symmetries within and beyond the form through reflection, refraction and projection.

Anna King

a fabric piece of light and powder blue resembling a round cotton reel
Anna King, Unspoken Ocean IV, Represented by Gallery TEN© Shannon Toft
A fibre artist whose work is founded on a close relationship with the natural world, Anna Kind applies craft skills and ancient traditional methods to make intimate woven vessels, like baskets or nests which she sees as containers for ideas and secrets. She is interested in other cultures, particularly those of Japan and North America.

Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl

a photo of a tubulat sculpture with grey and red clay piping
Martin Bodilsen, Kaldahl Spatial Drawing 10, 2014. Represented by Gallerie Format© Photo Ole Akh copyright J
Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl’s ceramics integrate digitally based visual universes into clay. A strong believer in the power of form as emotional, non-narrative communication, over the years he has worked with and returned to a number of different spatial themes, such as the knot and its rhythmic and ornamental potential and the juxtapositions of natural and artificial form.

Lison de Caunes

a photo of a group of straw and marquetry ovals
Lison de Caunes, Contemplatif, 2014. Represented by The French Craft Project© Photo Gilles Trillard
Perpetuating her grandfather Andre Groult’s tradition, Lison de Caunes has dedicated herself to the art of straw marquetry. She restores furniture and objects from the 17th century to Art Deco period and creates furniture, house accessories and wall panels to order. An advocate of the humble art of straw marquetry, she has organized several exhibitions and written books on the subject, highlighting the potential of a material which is unassuming and luxurious in equal measure.

Antonino Spoto

a photo of a small aqua-blue pot
Antonio Spoto, Blue pot, 2014, represented by WCC-BF
Since 1979, Antonino Spoto has been a practicing Belgian physician specializing in anaesthesiology. He is also one of Belgium’s finest ceramic artists. He has both a medical degree from Université Catholique de Louvain and a degree with highest honours from Académie des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi. He works exclusively on the wheel, turning exquisitely shaped vessels and bowls.

COLLECT, presented by the Crafts Council, returns to the Saatchi Gallery, London from May 8-11 2015. Tickets £12 in advance. Visit the Crafts Council online for more.

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