Bright pops of colour and the occidental were the main trends at Collect this May 2014 at the lovely light filled Saatchi Gallery on the King’s Road. The leading international art fair for high end collectable contemporary objects, saw 36 international galleries welcome museums and collectors from all over the world to this hallowed art gallery in Chelsea, London.
Bellflower by Joon Yong Kim
Collect was launched by the Crafts Council in 2004 and has since established itself as a leading international art fair for museum-quality contemporary craft, attracting both private and institutional Collectors including the V&A, British Museum, National Museum of Scotland and Mint Museum USA to name a few. People looking to buy exemplary work from leading artists from around the world with prices starting at £500 and rising into the thousands. We always love checking out this showcase for high-end collectable contemporary objects from over 400 artists and 36 international galleries, ranging from ceramics and glassware to jewellery and woodwork,
Butterfly child – Junko Narita
Galleries included Yufuku Gallery from Japan, the Korean Craft and Design Foundation, blasandknada from Sweden, Galerie Rosemarie Jäger from Germany not forgetting Galerie Rob Koudijs and Galerie RA from The Netherlands – and from the UK, Adrian Sassoon, Gallery SO, Contemporary Applied Arts, London Glassblowing, Ruthin Craft Centre, Joanna Bird and one of our favourite spaces at the show the Sarah Myerscough Gallery.
Sarah Myerscough attracts fashionable types with her Scandi-style display
In the next room it was fantastic to talk to Amanda Simmons about the processes that go into her work. She told me she creates glass forms in the kiln using the universal elements of gravity, mass, heat and time. “A flat slab of glass is suspended over a ring with an aperture high up in the kiln. When the glass starts to get soft, gravity creates a drop form through the aperture which I can control with heating, placement in the kiln, colour and opacity of glass. I reduce the heat when the form is how I want which may take some manipulation of the hot form whilst in the kiln and then the glass is left to cool. I then cold work the glass using diamond grinders, sandblasting and engraving.” This year’s collection at Collect with Contemporary Applied Arts was based around Voyager I and II and how they move using gravity through our solar system becoming the furthest travelled human made objects. “I was intrigued by what they may see and encounter on their journey watching the Universe expand,” says Simmonds.
And we loved the idea of someone finding antique porcelain, smashing it up irreverently, then creating a glass imprint of where the ceramic stood in the space before. Central Saint Martins trained, Dutch-born artist Bouke de Vries explores memory, history and the nature of beauty. A former collaborator with designer John Galliano who loves his work, de Vries uses damaged ceramics as a starting point, drawing upon skills honed in his daily work as a conservator of ceramics and glass and looks at art history and beauty from a different angle. These ‘ghost’ vessels question the value and beauty in something perceived as worthless.
Memory Vessels – Bouke de Vries
Main Pic at the beginning of the piece: 8 Hot sculpted glass objects – DNA system Allel 2 – Louis Thompson
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