We were privileged to have been invited to the private view of Collect this week in London. Organised by the Crafts Council, this fair brings together some of the best galleries selling art objects of museum-quality from an international roster of contemporary makers in the fields of ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metal and textiles.
Shown here are some of the works that particularly caught our eye.
Also at Flow Gallery, we were blown away by Sue Lawty's mixed media pieces made with minuscule fragments of delicately hued stone, precisely arranged on canvas.
I find myself often drawn to the mass and dramatic presence of ceramic pieces. Perhaps it is because they naturally complement and contrast the fluid textiles that we work with every day, yet they too are essentially utilitarian.
A full programme of booth talks and panel discussions runs alongside the exhibition. Two talks which look particularly interesting will both be held on Saturday 4 February: "Craft, Architecture and Public Realm" explores the process of placing craft at the heart of architecture, with Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts Magazine and design practice AOC (11.30am). "The Crafted Interior; The Hand-made Home" is a discussion between interior designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell, architect Spencer Fung and Flow Gallery director Yvonna Demczynska, on the power of craft within our homes (2.30pm).
Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects runs from 2-6 February 2017 at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, London SW3 4RY.