You're hosting a 'Meet the Maker' day - Tuesday 3rd May
This is the best opportunity to meet all of the exhibitors taking part in our SELECTION event and to foster relationships with them, discuss potential projects or commissions. Come along and meet the exhibitors in person; talk to the designer, the maker, the accounts department, the teaboy all at once and discover the passion, skill and dedication that you can harness for your next project. If you can’t make it on Tuesday however, myself and one or two makers will be at the event on the subsequent days and are happy to chat and help.
Where do you go to find the makers?
Our database includes workshops spread right across every county in the UK, including some of her Islands, as well as several in Ireland and further afield. There is a selection process for anyone wishing to take part in our exhibitions which is based primarily around the quality of making and craftsmanship rather than the more subjective design, although this is also assessed. This means that if you like their aesthetic style, we are able to recommend our exhibitors with confidence.
What should a buyer be looking for in a contemporary piece of furniture?
Whatever you want from it. Whereas on the high street fashion and trend is everything, designer-makers can offer something unique and bespoke to you or your client’s needs. Many of our exhibitors offer work that would not look out of place on the high street, yet are happy to adapt this aesthetic to suit, building in that treasured record player or working around that annoying quirk in the room. Beyond that there are exhibitors with highly sculptural work that is both art and furniture or those with more rustic or unusual designs that have a wonderful charm yet can still work beautifully in a contemporary space. Best of all, this often doesn’t have to cost the earth relative to high street prices!
What may someone not know about craftsmanship?
A lot is made of ‘buying British’ at the moment, CCD is the real deal! In some cases, the maker can show you a picture of the tree that the piece you are looking at is made from. They have been involved in its felling, conversion into planks, seasoning and drying it ready for use. Finally, they work it using traditional skills and tools that have been honed over many years to a design that they have conceived and perfected. Care, knowledge and attention to detail at every stage for outstanding results.
Finally, can you sum up CCD in 3 words?
Celebration, Craftsmanship, Design!
or….. Unique, Inspirational, Excellence.
We will be open to the public from 12 noon - 7pm daily with a 'Meet the Maker' day on Tuesday 3rd May when all of the exhibitors will be present to discuss their work. Please note, there will be no entry fee for this exhibtion.
CCD SELECTION will be held at Craft Central Gallery. Craft Central is a unique charity working to maintain and promote fine craft and design skills in the heart of London's historic community of Clerkenwell.
The gallery is located at:
33-35 St John's Square