Last year the first London Craft Week launched with 70 events, 20,000 visits and a wide cast including HRH The Prince of Wales, Grayson Perry and 350 makers.
From 3 - 7 May the second edition will showcase exceptional craftsmanship from around the world through a journey-of-discovery programme of over 130 events across the city, featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.
Over the next couple of weeks we will showcase some of the makers we think are particularly interesting. Rachel and Karin are very much looking forward to visiting London Craft Week in order to hear some of the expert lectures, soak up some of the passion and learn about some amazing craft techniques....we may even get to have a go!
The programme of events is sensational. The aim being to experience the magic of true creativity, see what real quality means, meet some of the world’s most respected makers and artists and even have a try. Visitors will see world-class fragrances being developed scent by scent, diamonds being cut & polished, porcelain being hand painted, silver being shaped, glass being blown and Chinese calligraphy being performed live. All against the backdrop of the vitality, variety and serendipity of London from Selfridges to Chelsea Physic Garden, from Mayfair to SE27.
An invitation-only VIP programme is run alongside the main programme with a small number of one-off and intimate experiences, including handling objects from museum collections, special access to private residences and exclusive dinners. London Craft Week is supported by founding partner Vacheron Constantin and sponsors Grosvenor Estates and Mulberry.
“London has long had a Fashion Week and a Design Festival. Now there is London Craft Week. A magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill found in the best-made of things.'' Guy Salter, Chairman of London Craft Week.
''Whether your intention is to consume or simply converse, if you appreciate beauty and the value of craftsmanship, then London Craft Week is one of the month’s must-visit events.” Charlotte Abrahams, FT How To Spend It
“My only question is, why has nobody thought to organise a dedicated week to celebrate craft in London before? ...having proved itself world class when it comes to design, jewellery, fashion and art (which already have their own weeks) London’s inaugural Craft Week seems long overdue.’’ Henrietta Thompson, The Telegraph Luxury