Maker of the Week
Mary Jane Toulson
SCS Maker of the Week this week is Mary Jane Toulson, who uses vibrant colours and strong geometric shapes to create her one-off rugs, which she describes as ‘paintings for the floor'. Produced using simple weaving techniques, texture and raised surfaces are created through looping and knotting in thick Yorkshire wool. Mary Jane studied at West Surrey College of Art, which specialized in using natural materials for threads and plant dyes and this has been an on going inspiration, fitting in with her interest in conservation and ecology.
Welcome to the Suffolk Craft Society
From its foundation in 1970, The Society’s objective of promoting excellence in designer craft-making and supporting the work of Suffolk based and affiliated craft-makers has been constant. Initially a small group of ceramicists led the way in the formation of the SCS and under its first Chairman, Commander John Jacob, the Society met at Snape Maltings.
John Chipperfield the veteran and much-admired ceramicist, was a founder member and still exhibits as an Honorary Member. Over the years several hundred talented makers across a whole range of craft disciplines have been elected to membership. Many have gone on to forge successful careers in their field. If you care about nurturing and supporting great craft skills, please consider becoming a Friend, or get in touch if you are interested in becoming a maker in the society.
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Maker of the Week - Mary Jane Toulson
Our SCS Maker of the Week is Mary Jane Toulson, who uses vibrant colours and strong geometric shapes to create her one-off rugs, which she describes as ‘paintings for the floor'.
Maker of the Week - Kerry Richardson
SCS Maker of the Week Kerry Richardson combines both precious metals and non-precious materials, and reflects the influences of African landscapes and beadwork.
Maker of the Week - Usch Spettigue
Usch's work is thrown porcelain. She makes one-off, but basically functional pots of all sizes, using her own glazes.
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