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Corinne Julius selects at Cockpit Arts, Deptford during London Craft Week 2...
Thu 4 May 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Journalist and curator, Corinne Julius, will guide an hour-long tour through a select group of makers based at Cockpit Arts in Deptford. This will include discussions and insights into the practises of glass artist Shelley James, sculptural wood artist Eleanor Lakelin and ceramicist David Marques.
Shelley James makes extraordinary glass objects that play with our perceptions of light and space, creating beautiful optical illusions. She arrived at Cockpit Arts in 2013 shortly after completing her PhD research at the Royal College of Art and now occupies a small studio on the ground floor of Cockpit's Deptford incubator. Her studio is very much a working craft space, using light industrial machinery that is noisy and dirty. But rather than take a unit on an industrial estate, Shelley chose to base herself at Cockpit where she feels there is a much greater support network in place. Now, nearly three years on, she says she feels she has grown in confidence and is much more established as a business.
Eleanor Lakelin is one of Britain’s most accomplished artists making in wood. Working exclusively with trees that have been felled in the British Isles, she combines traditional craftsmanship with a free-form approach to create vessels with a distinctly contemporary feel. Her work is shown in major galleries and exhibitions including CAA (Contemporary Applied Arts), Sarah Myerscough Gallery at COLLECT and William Benington Gallery, Sculptural 2015. She was nominated for the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize and has work in the permanent collection of the National Trust.
Originally from a furniture making background, it wasn’t until Eleanor won the Cockpit Arts/Worshipful Company of Turners’ Award in 2011 that she was able to take her business in a new and more exciting direction. With support from the Business Development Team she has dedicated her time at Cockpit to repositioning her business and developing a body of work for the art gallery and high-end retail markets. "I think it’s fair to say that without the Turners’ Award, I would not have had the confidence to pursue [turning and carving] full time," says Eleanor.
David Marques is a ceramic artist who creates beautifully intricate work for both large-scale art installations as well as collectable objets d’arts. He has worked on major installations for Portugal's leading porcelain and crystal manufacturer Vista Alegre, as well as the Outpatient Oncology Clinic at Charing Cross Hospital for Cancer Research UK. Based at Cockpit Arts' Deptford incubator since 2014, he has recently been reassessing his business model and is in the process of developing new products on a smaller, more commercial scale. He has used Cockpit's Open Studio events to successfully test launch this new work.