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New makers announced for Craft Scotland showcase at SOFA Chicago 2013

Collage of work by new SOFA Chicago makers

Craft Scotland are pleased to announce the newly selected makers for SOFA Chicago 2013.

Craft Scotland were able to invite further applications from makers to participate at the show, having taken a larger stand space at SOFA Chicago 2013 than originally intended.

At the show, Craft Scotland will exhibit work from some of the most celebrated and talented makers in Scotland, across the disciplines of wood and metal, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, glass and silver.

Eight additional makers were selected by a panel, in the second round of applications for the show. They join makers previously selected for the show, bringing the total number of makers to be showcased by Craft Scotland at SOFA to sixteen.

The new makers selected for SOFA Chicago 2013 with Craft Scotland are:

Danish born Mette Freuergaard-Jensen creates functional boxes in different materials, such as wood, aluminium, copper, bone and resin. Prior to working in wood and metals, she worked in ceramics and owned her own pottery for 25 years.

Jeweller Jennifer Gray creates work through the use of traditional hand carving methods, enhanced by taking advantage of emerging digital technologies. Her pieces give the wearer an experience of removing wearable garlands from a classical stone urn to adorn themselves. 

Award winning silversmith Grant McCaig will be showing a selection of work handmade in his Edinburgh studio. His new work explores the origins of forms and focus on process, action, metamorphosis, value and alchemy.

Naomi Mcintosh produces structural and precise jewellery pieces which she considers to be ‘Wearable Drawings’. Her process involves hand drawings of the body, exploring the surface of the skin, as well as 3D body scans.

Glasgow based maker Susan O’Byrne creates ceramic animals which she uses as a vehicle to express human emotions. She aims to give her animals a certain awkwardness which is achieved through the process she uses to create them.

Leith based ceramicist Frances Priest is influenced by pattern books in decorative art and design. Her pieces focus on simple vessel forms as vehicles for her own re-working of patterns from a diverse array of sources.

Glass artist Amanda Simmons makes kilnformed glass vessels. She uses opaque glass powders to construct her work, and coldworking processes, such as sandblasting and diamond point and wheel engraving, to shape and mark the glass after firing.

From his studio in Dunkeld, jeweller Craig Stuart produces pieces using a contemporary adaption of the Japanese metalwork technique mokume gane. He is one of only a few goldsmiths in the world making pieces in this way, using exclusively precious metals.

The makers were selected by a unique panel, comprising:

  • Jo Scott: Project Manager, Craft Scotland
  • Roanne Dods: Artistic Director, PAL and Consultant, Dovecot
  • Maggie Broadley: Director, Craft Town Scotland and ceramicist

These makers join the existing Craft Scotland line up for SOFA Chicago 2013 of:

SOFA, which represents Sculptural Objects and Functional Art, is a key event for the international collectors market, and regularly receives upwards of 35,000 visitors across three days. SOFA Chicago celebrates its 20th year in 2013.

SOFA Chicago 2013 takes place at Chicago’s Navy Pier and runs from Friday 01 November to Sunday 03 November 2013, with an opening preview the evening of Thursday 31 October 2013.

Keep up to date with Craft Scotland at SOFA on www.craftscotland.org/SOFA

For more information, interviews with makers and Craft Scotland, feature ideas and high-res photography please contact: Fiona Logue, Business Manager: fiona@craftscotland.org or phone +44 (0)131 466 3871.

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