Three by One - Alison Britton at the Crafts Study Centre Farnham

By Culture24 Staff | 09 March 2009
a photo of a blue patterned plate

In Perspective Willow, Robert Dawson. Picture courtesy British Council

Curator and potter Alison Britton has brought together 90 pieces of craft from the British Council, Crafts Council and the Crafts Study Centre collections for Three by One.

Made by pioneering and influential makers, the pieces range from historic pieces from the Bernard Leach source collection, including a 13th century Korean rice bowl, to 21st century pieces.

"I have chosen some familiar pieces and many that are a real surprise to me," explained Britton, who has more than 35 years' experience of making and studying craft.

"There are such unexpected and rich discoveries in these collections with their different emphases and strengths. It has been like assembling an orchestra while I write the music, with the tune evolving in my mind."

Curators have built up the collections on show over the past 70 years, and they continue to grow as important modern and contemporary craft pieces are added.

Highlights include Edward Bawden’s distinctive 1928 lino cuts from wallpaper, a beautiful length of indigo block printed cotton by Barron and L Archer from the 1930s, Richard Slee’s exuberant Pumpkin Pot from 1986 and Yoko Izawa’s Wrapped - a collection of delicate jewellery made of crumpled paper wrapped in nylon.

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