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The Future of Craft Talks in Collaboration with Design-Nation and Future Icons

9 May, 11:30, 13:00 and 15:00
10 May, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00
11 May, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00

Booking Details


Talk: Heal's in Conversation with Louis Jobst & Vezzini + Chen

Talk: Crafts Council Tackle Your Challenges, booking necessary, free

Talk: Making & Marketing - Becoming Confident in Communication, SOLD OUT

Talk: The Future of Craft and Clay, SOLD OUT

Talk:  The Future of Craft and Culture, SOLD OUT

Talk: The Future of Craft and Society, booking necessary, free

Talk: 'A Conversation Piece' with HARTH and Campbell-Rey, booking necessary, free

The Importance of Craft Within Interior Design​, booking necessary, free

Talk: Collecting Craft - A Panel Discussion, booking necessary, free

Oxo Tower Wharf
Bargehouse Street

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Venue Information & Facilities:

Limited disabled access

For London Craft Week 2019, Oxo Tower Wharf presents The Future of Craft workshops in collaboration with Design-Nation and Future Icons. Visitors will have the chance to hear an amazing variety of talks surrounding the Future of Craft and its place in society.

Talks include:

Heal's in Conversation with Louis Jobst & Vezzini + Chen - 9 May 11:30

Senior Buyer at Heal’s, Elena Paparozzi, discusses the design stores longstanding relationship with craft and how Heal’s source designers and makers to develop new product. Elena is joined by a couple of their most recent collaborators; design duo Vezzini & Chen and Louis Jobst, who have just launched exclusive lighting collections for SS19. The panel will share their respective journeys with Heal’s and the impact of designing and manufacturing collections for the premium retailer.

Crafts Council Tackle Your Challenges - 9 May 13:00

Crafts Council Talent Development Managers Katia Stewart and Caroline Jackman in conversation to talk about the challenges facing designer-makers who are looking to make their businesses more resilient.

Making & Marketing - Becoming Confident in Communication​ - 9 May 15:00

Creative Director Pete Gomori talks about how to empower yourself as far as your brand and marketing are concerned, and demystifies the process of amplifying your message. He'll talk about how to move from practical to emotional communication; content planning for craft and creative makers; and the importance of detail and consistency.

The Future of Craft and Clay​ - 10 May 13:00

Future Craft and Clay - What is the role of the object in craft practice? We will explore how craft and object making can be challenged through the process of making, making that might eclipse the object itself. The first session in a one-day seminar where Ceramics Research Centre-UK will invite the public to join them in a series of group discussions and presentations to address the theme of the Bargehouse exhibition – The Future of Craft. Hosted by Tessa Peters, Curator, Writer and Educator.

 The Future of Craft and Culture - 10 May 15:00

Future Craft and Culture - How do we use craft skills? Where are these being applied and used to create transformation outside of the world of object production? From surgery to dance we will challenge ideas around their use and their future. The second session in a one-day seminar where Ceramics Research Centre-UK. Hosted by Phoebe Cummings, Artist and Women's Hour Craft Prize Winner.

The Future of Craft and Society​ - 10 May 17:00

Future Craft and Society - How has the role of craft in communities transformed experiences of daily life? The discussion will address how craft activity from communities of makers has instigated positive change. The third session in a one-day seminar where Ceramics Research Centre-UK. Hosted by Clare Twomey, Artist.

'A Conversation Piece' with HARTH and Campbell-Rey - 11 May 12:00

What gives a ‘thing’ its soul? Henrietta Thomspon [HARTH], Duncan Campbell, and Charlotte Rey [Campbell-Rey] explore the quest for a narrative in contemporary design and craft.

The Importance of Craft Within Interior Design​ - 11 May 14:00

Craft is having a resurgence, with the trend set to continue as the design industry strives to be more sustainable and consumers favour objects that are made to last. Acclaimed interior designer, Daniel Hopwood, will talk to Decorex’s Creative Director, Andy Bishop about the importance of using craft within his projects and how bespoke pieces of furniture can add another dimension.

Collecting Craft - A Panel Discussion - 11 May 16:00

How has collecting craft changed? Why is it important and how do you get started? Craft is undergoing a similar aesthetic medium-specificity of sorts, where for the past 5 years the art market and desire to collect the medium have increasingly brought it into the realm of fine art. Confirming it as an important visual signifier of heritage, premium craft is now increasingly exhibited by public and private galleries, in addition to adorning the pages of online auction platforms such as artsy.