London Craft Week is a new initiative, successfully launching last year with 70 events and 20,000 visitors. This year London Craft Week runs from the 3rd to the 7th May with several events in Kensington and Notting Hill. This second instalment of London Craft week has over 130 events scheduled across the capital showcasing craftsmanship from around the world featuring everyone from the unknown to the famous. The events will take place in various venues across London including hidden workshops, well known studios, shops and galleries.
The aim of London Craft Week is to show people what true quality means, to educate them on how much skill and effort goes into creating those one of a kind items that so many people covet. It allows people to meet men and women who are masters in their field and experience their creativity first hand. With numerous showcases to choose from there really is something for everyone whether it’s discovering how fragrances are created, watching glass being blown or diamonds being cut there is bound to be something to interest you.
London Craft Week Kensington and Notting Hill- exhibitions and demonstrations
We are lucky enough to have several of the events running for London Craft week right on our doorstep! Below is a selection of best showcases happening in Kensington and Notting Hill that we can’t wait to visit.
Watch making with Struthers – 3 Astwood Mews, Kensington
3–7 May, 10:00am – 17:00pm
Visit Struthers London’s pop-up studio at 3 Astwood Mews and join husband and wife watchmakers Craig and Rebecca Struthers on a fascinating journey through nearly 300 years of watchmaking history, from 18th century forgeries, to the first machine made watch movement and the working vintage machinery they still use to create their watches.
The Struthers’ studio combines years of experience in vintage and antique watch restoration with award-winning design and research to offer a bespoke British watchmaking service. While they create their own watch movement in-house, they specialise in re-commissioning vintage and antique watch movements created in England, America and Switzerland which they rescue from the bullion trade and return to functional pieces of history.
The Struthers will be joined by Little Halstock who will be showcasing and demonstrating their fine hand crafted watch cases.
There is no need to book, just pop in!
Collective Genius – Masterpieces from the Devereux & Huskie Glassworks – Vessel Gallery, Notting Hill
3–7 May, 10:00am – 18:00pm
Vessel Gallery on Kensington Park Road in the heart of Notting Hill will be hosting an exhibition of 18 of the most senior glass figures in the country put together by James Devereux and Katie Huskie. All of the artists have worked for Devereux and Huskie at their Bath studios, however these works have never been brought together in one exhibition before.
All of the works on display are one of a kind creations and for sale through the gallery. There is no need to book to view the exhibition however they will be giving a talk on Saturday 7 May at 11:00am which is free on a first come first served basis. There are only 20 spaces so make sure you get there in plenty of time!
Lin: The Art of Taiwanese Rush Weaving – Native & Co, Notting Hill
3-7 May, 11:00am – 18:30pm
Rush weaving is one of Taiwan’s oldest crafts going back some 300 years! It was first used by the Pingpu tribe to create objects for everyday use. Over the years rush weaving has evolved and is now used by highly skilled craftsman to create beautifully hand woven items. Rush weaving cannot be recreated by machines and every item in this exhibition has been handmade by master weaver Xue-Yun.
There is no need to book to visit the exhibition itself however there is a workshop on the 7 May running which although free to attend only has 20 spaces for visitors so booking is required.
Wedgewood ceramics demonstration – Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington
3 May, 10:00am – 17:00pm
Join makers from Wedgewood at their pop up demonstration at the Victoria and Albert museum, learn about how their beautiful ceramics are made and watch the masters in action. This is the first time that makers from Wedgewood have taken over the ceramics studio at the V&A, definitely not to be missed!
No booking necessary, just turn up!
Silver Speaks: Idea to Object – Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington
3–7 May, 10:00am – 17:00pm
Corinne Julius, journalist and design critic will be giving a talk about the Silver speaks display, followed by a demonstration by Rauni Higson showing how a flat sheet of silver is worked to become the finished product, showing the tools and skills needed to create beautiful silver objects.
The exhibition will run throughout the week however there will be a curatorial tour on 3 May at 13:00pm, this is a free event just meet your guide at the grand entrance of the museum. Demonstrations will be running on 3 May at 14:00pm and 16:30pm in the Silver Discovery Area of the V&A in room 66.
To find out more about this fantastic event visit the London Craft Week website here
We look forward to seeing you there!