Charlotte Metcalf is the Editor of Great British Brands and the co-presenter of Break Out Culture, a weekly podcast with former Minister of Culture, Lord Vaizey. She is also a film-maker, author and journalist. Every week she’ll be reporting on cultural events, exhibitions, fairs and publications that are of interest to the communities of craftsmen we represent and celebrate, with a particular focus on goldsmiths and silversmiths.
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Different media pushing the limits of creative possibility
At London’s Hayward Gallery Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art will run until 8th January. It’s the first ever large-scale group exhibition in the UK to explore how contemporary artists are using clay in inventive ways.
The exhibition has been curated by Dr. Cliff Lauson who has brought together 23 international and multi-generational artists. Dr. Lauson’s aim has been look at the way they’ve used innovative methods and techniques to push the medium to its physical and conceptual limits ‘to produce artworks that surprise and provoke in good measure.’
Thomas Lyte is a brand that built its own workshops to achieve those very aims, believing there should be no limits to creativity, and so harnessing traditional craftsmanship to cutting edge technology in order to achieve dazzling, often astonishing, works in silver and gold. It goes without saying that Thomas Lyte celebrates an exhibition like this that is using a very different medium to explores a similar spirit of pushing beyond creative and conceptual boundaries.