Collect 2017: Ceramic Review’s top picks

Collect is back at London’s Saatchi Gallery for its thirteenth edition. Presented by the Crafts Council, the art fair offers the best contemporary craft and design from 37 galleries, offering work by makers from around the world. The CR team paid a visit to the fair — here are some of their favourites from the show: 

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Tanya Gomez A Day - Open Collect. Photo Jonathan Bassett

Tanya Gomez, A DayOpen Collect. Photo Jonathan Bassett

This presentation of porcelain vessels by British ceramist Tanya Gomez attracted plenty of attention at the fair — and with its joyous palette and colourful backdrop, it’s no surprise why. Find Tanya’s installation, entitled A Day, in the Collect Open section.
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Adam Buick, Ruthin Craft Centre, Collect 2017. Photo Adam Buick

Adam Buick, Ruthin Craft Centre, Collect 2017. Photo Adam Buick

Over at Ruthin Craft Centre‘s booth, ceramic artist Adam Buick presented the largest and most impressive of his signature moon jars the CR team have ever seen. It’s not all about size, though— the subtlety of Adam’s wood-fired glazing has to be seen in the flesh to be truly appreciated.

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Sue Paraskeva, Collect 2017. Photo Sue Paraskeva

Sue Paraskeva, Collect 2017. Photo Sue Paraskeva

‘Every day, three women die at the hands of someone who supposedly loves them.’ This is the text accompanying British artist Sue Paraskeva‘s installation comprised of over 400 bowls thrown with 250g of porcelain — the weight of a female human heart —  then damaged. Find Sue’s work at Contemporary Applied Arts booth.

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Ole Jensen, Collect 2017. Photo © Køppe Contemporary Objects

Ole Jensen, work from Primal Pottery Project — Collect 2017. Photo © Køppe Contemporary Objects

These playful vessels by Danish ceramist Ole Jensen, collectively entitled Primal Pottery Project, certainly caught CR’s eye. Featuring ears, legs, breasts and other human attributes, the otherwise simple group of reddish clay ceramics explore anthropomorphism in pottery. Find them alongside work by other Danish makers at Køppe Contemporary Objects‘ booth.

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Kate Malone, Collect 2017. © Sophie Mutevelian

Kate Malone, Collect 2017. © Sophie Mutevelian

Kate Malone - Jewel Magma Vase, 2015. Courtesy Adrian Sassoon

Kate Malone – Jewel Magma Vase. Photo courtesy Adrian Sassoon

In her role as judge of BBC2’s highly successful series the Great Pottery Throw Down, potter and ceramic artist Kate Malone certainly has the nation’s attention. Now Kate is one of a group of makers offering their work in a Crafts Council charity auction aiming to raise funds for a new ‘home for craft’. Find this vase alongside work by Julian Stair, Clare Twomey and Edmund de Waal at the Collect Auction area, or view and bid online through Artsy.

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What work stood out to you at Collect? Let us know on Twitter @ceramicreview

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Collect runs from 2-6 February 2017 at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Discover more at craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/collect, and share your highlights using the hashtag #collect2017

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