As part of the London Design Festival, from 17th to 25th September 2016, Milliken’s Clerkenwell showroom will be home to an exhibition of ceramics created by Turning Earth members and alumni. The event will celebrate Turning Earth’s role as an incubator of small craft businesses and showcase the work of up and coming as well as more established artists, designers and makers. Around 30 craftspeople will take part in this group exhibition including Ben Sutton, Andrea Roman, Tom Kemp, Stine Dulong of SkandiHus, Pat O Leary, Caroline Austin, Natascha Madeiski and Tessa Barrett.
For the duration of the London Design Festival visitors will have the opportunity to view and buy the works on show and also meet many of the makers. Turning Earth’s mission is to cultivate craft both as an accessible hobby and as a viable career. Their first studio, Turning Earth Hoxton, opened in December 2013. Following a model popular in the US, it was the first dedicated open-access ceramics studio in London. Turning Earth is launching its incubator for small businesses, In Production, in North London on 1st October.
The concept for this collaboration with Turning Earth was inspired by a new carpet tile collection ‘Glazed Clay’ from Milliken. Glazed Clay takes as its starting point the subtle colours, finishes and textures of studio pottery. The Milliken design team used as its inspiration the glazed washes of colour and puddles of opacity combined with the alchemy of the earth’s most natural elements to create a fresh and contemporary collection.
Alison Kitchingman, Milliken’s Marketing & Design Director, comments: “It’s the first time Milliken has taken part in the London Design Festival and we’re delighted to be able to use our Clerkenwell showroom to showcase these exciting works. We hope the exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Turning Earth and perhaps be inspired to get making themselves.”
Turning Earth’s first group exhibition hosted by Milliken at 5 Berry Street Clerkenwell will be open from 17th to 25th September 2016: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm and with late openings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.