The inaugural Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional showcase is an important retrospective and celebration of the work of some of Britain’s most talented craftmakers. Bringing together those who have been supported by Walpole British Luxury through the Crafted mentoring programme, the showcase provides a glimpse into the inner workings of Britain’s finest craft businesses – from knitwear and jewellery to lapidary and glass blowing.
Sponsored by Vacheron Constantin, one of the world’s oldest and most respected manufacturers of luxury Swiss timepieces, the showcase is free of charge to visit and open to all.
The craftmakers workshop spaces are recreated in Somerset House’s West Wing and tell the story behind each stage of the craft-making creative process – from raw material to finished work. The focus is on the people as well as the products with live demonstrations and chances to meet the makers expressed in four simple themes: A Craft Perfected; A Tradition Preserved; A Life Devoted and A Business Nurtured.
The showcase is held concurrently with Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art days taking place on Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th April in France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. These annual exhibitions are dedicated to promoting and passing on the culture of over 200 skills, many of which are centuries old.
Image courtesy of exhibitor Jessica Poole.
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