2020 is a significant year for the Suffolk Craft Society as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary
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.
Pop Up Markets this Summer in Aldeburgh!
It is with heavy hearts that we have had to cancel our much loved Summer Exhibition at Aldeburgh this year due to the coronavirus crisis, however we are pleased to announce that small groups of our makers will be taking part in our Pop Up Summer Markets at the Peter Pears Gallery in August. Find out more here.
Our Makers will continue to produce remarkable and original works and their contact details for sales or commissions can be found on profile pages of this website, found here.
Like many in the arts and crafts world, makers from the Suffolk Craft Society have had many weeks now to contemplate their craft but not to show it or generally sell it. It’s been a time of reflection and creative renewal for some. Stimulated by weeks of good weather, walks, cycle rides, gardening or just time freed up when almost everything in the diary has had a line put through it.
Sue Bruce, a ceramicist and printmaker, says “ I was lucky enough to do my daily exercise by cycling round our local country lanes near Woodbridge. I chose to do this early every morning, in order to avoid people, and this plan worked well. I was noticing how nature was just doing its own thing and crops were starting to grow and there was hope. I saw lots of wildlife in these trips, foxes, hares, owls , and best of all a small herd of fallow deer crossed the road in front of me one morning, only to disappear into the woods nearby. However a very young deer stopped and watched me intently as I cycled past. What a moment to treasure!
Being in my studio has kept me sane, and I am so thankful I’ve been able to immerse myselfin my work during this time. I’ve been trawling through my sketchbooks and have produced a number of ceramic tiles based on designs that I originally Intended as prints. They are awaiting their final firing. However I’ve just discovered a fault with my kiln!! Happy Days !! “
Time to develop new ideas
Time to explore familiar materials in new ways
Time to combine different materials
Time to work on a larger or smaller scale
Time to get out of a rut and start anew
Time to plan a whole new body of work
The possibilities are endless.......
Celebrating Suffolk Day on 21st June
Find the Sufolk Craft Society in the Suffolk Magazine in an optimistic article full of creative ideas and suggestions for what you might do to celebrate 'Suffolk Day' on 21st June by Jayne Lindill. Our Makers are still making, accepting commissions and contactable via our website profile pages.