Mud Sticks – a talk by ceramicist Chris Keenan

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Come and meet acclaimed ceramicist and Make it Slow exhibitor Chris Keenan at a lunchtime talk at Woodend, Scarborough on Friday 15 November. Chris will explain his decision to walk away from his life as an actor to explore the world of clay. From being the first apprentice to potter Edmund de Waal, to running his own London ceramics studio, Chris talks about the development of his work over the … Read More →

What is Slow?

Fenella Elms hands – photo David Parmiter

You might be wondering where the inspiration for Make it Slow came from – here’s a little background: “The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed.” Carl Honoré’s book, In Praise of Slow. The Slow Movement is a cultural shift towards slowing down certain aspects of our lives so that we can reconnect with the simple, … Read More →

Slow down with our new touring craft exhibition

Chris Keenan Celadon beakers Photo: Michael Harvey

Come and be inspired by six of the UK’s leading craft makers, whose message is that the traditional processes which lie behind their art can’t be hurried. Make it Slow is a stunning exhibition of contemporary crafts which is about to take a leisurely journey across a network of small venues in North Yorkshire, East Riding and East Lancashire. It opens at Woodend in Scarborough on Friday 15 November 2013 … Read More →

Great Northern Graduates – the Curator’s Cut

Great Northern Graduates with Grace Whowell

Make it Slow curator, Grace Whowell, has been working with the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair to select work for the Graduates section of this prestigious event.   Grace selected fourteen of the UK’s top creative graduates to exhibit their degree show collections at the event, which took place in Manchester on 10-13 October. For many of the graduates this represented their first commercial opportunity since graduating this summer. The … Read More →

Get your creative juices flowing in Scarborough

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Crafty and creative types will have the chance to create their own piece of braided jewellery in a Scarborough workshop led by world-class embroidery designer Aimee Betts.   The workshop takes place at Woodend in Scarborough on Saturday 23 November between 10.30am – 1:30pm. Using cording, braiding, knotting and linking techniques inspired by Aimee’s work, you will take away at least one braided necklace, bracelet or keyring from the session … Read More →

Meet Make it Slow artists Lizzie Farey and Misun Won

Curated by Grace Whowell November 2013 - October 2014

Our friends at Craft Scotland have produced two illuminating short videos about Make it Slow artists Lizzie Farey and Misun Won. Lizzie Farey is a basket-maker and fibre artist. In this film Craft Scotland visit Lizzie’s studio in Kirkcudbright as well as her nearby willow field. Lizzie talks compellingly about her work, processes, and the connection between craft, nature, and meaning. Edinburgh-based jeweller Misun Won talks to Craft Scotland about … Read More →