Craftspace is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Made in the Middle, an exhibition event celebrating emerging and established contemporary craft makers across the Midlands.
The exhibition which began life as the ‘West Midlands Crafts Open’ in 1998 and 1991, has been a constant element in Craftspace’s programme across these 30 years.
Some makers have taken part once, some several times. Jon Williams has been selected a couple of times to take part and has played a role in delivering the social engagement programme connected with the exhibitions.
In the lead up to the eighth Made in the Middle, to take place at the end of 2016, Craftspace has launched a website dedicated to the history of MITM and the people involved in it.
Here’s Jons page from 30 years – 30 makers
Jon also gets a mention in the introductory essay by Louise Taylor, linking to a short video of his work.
Big thank you to Stuart & Peter who kindly fired my porcelain play things destined for Craftplay at Bilston Craft Gallery in Woverhampton.
Our kilns here at Eastnor Pottery Central would have really struggled to reach the temperatures required to vitrify the white stuff. I was very grateful the chaps at Belatrova were able to come to my aid and offer space in their kilns.
Stuart makes a fantastic range of hand thrown porcelain as well as being one half of Belatrova, a design partnership set up with artist Peter Arscott.
Although I havent worked in porcelain for near on 22 years, its durable constitution made it the perfect material choice for the Happy Museums Commission. The pots have been delivered and are being well loved by Bilston’s under 5’s and their families!
Private views are great for networking and catching up with old acquaintances but near damn useless for taking stock of the exhibits. Although I attended the corporate , viewing of Made in the Middle, I still hadn’t felt like I’d actually ‘seen’ the exhibition. So after workshop duties at St Thomas’s on Tuesday last week I headed down to the MAC to experience the show for real.
I was encouraged by a small crowd of visitors around my musical drum pots, gently tapping out rhythms and notes. (I secretly had reservations as to whether punters would interact with the work in a predominantly ‘eyes only’ show) The positive comments on the post-it note evaluation provided more evidence the pieces were being well used. Have a look at the photos on our Facebook page.
The exhibition runs till the 15 April at MAC then it goes on tour through-out the Midlands.