Playful Expressions of Plants

The exhibition Bud to Bloom at the Barony Centre in West Kilbride presents contemporary craft works inspired by the natural world and life cycle of plants, selected from the Crafts Council Collection.

Large Flower Bowl, 1982, Janice Tchalenko and John Hinchcliffe Crafts Council Collection Photo Nick Moss
Large Flower Bowl, 1982, Janice Tchalenko and John Hinchcliffe Crafts Council Collection Photo Nick Moss

The shapes, patterning, colours and materials of the works in Bud to Bloom have been influenced by plants, flowers and fruit, in playful, creative and experimental ways.

Works include delicate textiles, intricate sculptural objects and beautiful ceramics from leading UK makers and artists including glassmaker Angela Jarman, textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood, metalworker Junko Mori, silversmiths Rod Kelly, David Clarke and Lin Cheung, ceramicists Richard Slee, Mary Rogers and a collaborative bowl by Janice Tchalenko and John Hinchcliffe.

Silver Organism #5, 2001, Junko Mori Crafts Council Collection Photo Nick Moss
Silver Organism #5, 2001, Junko Mori Crafts Council Collection Photo Nick Moss

Junko Mori creates fascinating organic forms in metal and explains “My work consists of multiples of individually forged steel or other metals, and the subtle difference of each piece results from hand hammering. No piece is individually planned but becomes fully formed within the making and thinking process.”

Pumpkin Pot, 1986, Richard Slee Crafts Council Collection Photo Nick Moss
Pumpkin Pot, 1986, Richard Slee Crafts Council Collection Photo Nick Moss

Bud to Bloom is a Crafts Council Collection Exhibition, developed in partnership with Forty Hall & Estate, Enfield Council.

See: Bud to Bloom
Until 17 November 2013
The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, KA23 9AR
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 12-5pm
Cafe open daily
Free
www.crafttownscotland.org

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