Crafted in Scotland: More Makers Spotlighted at Collect 2024

Image courtesy of Collect 2024

Image courtesy of Collect 2024

Next week Somerset House in London will transform into a celebration of craftsmanship and making as it plays host to Collect 2024. The 20th edition of the Fair takes place from 1-3 March 2024, with previews 28-29 February.

Among the myriad of international talents on display, the spotlight will shine on the exceptional skill and creativity of makers living and working in Scotland. 

Craft Scotland returns with our ninth presentation Close to Hand curated by Susanna Beaumont. Explore more about our 12 participating makers on our dedicated digital platform. 

Additionally, don't miss the work by other Scotland-based makers at Collect 2024 represented by renowned galleries.


Image: Choi Keeryong /  Photography by Shannon Tofts 

1. Choi Keeryong
Glass / Edinburgh
Bullseye Projects (EAST WING, E16)

Choi Keeryong is a glass artist born in South Korea and now based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Choi’s work draws from his experience of a bicultural identity, exploring a state of ‘in-betweeness’ through pieces combining influences from Korean and British visual culture.

Choi's work will be showcased by Bullseye Projects, a gallery dedicated to promoting contemporary glass art by collaborating with museums, schools, and art organisations worldwide. He was shortlisted for the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2023.

Hear Choi Keeryong speaking as part of the talks programme at Collect 2024:

LOEWE FOUNDATION: Space for innovation in contemporary craft
Saturday 2 March, 13.30
Talks Theatre, Somerset House

Choi will discuss craftsmanship with artistic ambition and its relationship to tradition and the future. The meeting will be moderated by Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, executive secretary of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize expert panel.

Follow Choi Keeryong on Instagram


Image: SHY Design Studio / Photography Courtesy of SHY Design Studio

2. SHY Design Studio
Furniture / Glasgow
Cavaliero Finn (WEST WING, W17)

Glasgow's SHY Design Studio is part of gallery Cavaliero Finn's exhibition titled 'The Alchemy of Nature'. The exhibition will explore the four elements: air, fire, earth, and water, and how craft is organically rooted in the world around us.

For the show, SHY Design has created shelves and a console table using handcrafted scagliola to display the work of Jaejun Lee, a Korean ceramicist based in the UK.



Image: Frances Priest / Photography by Shannon Tofts

3. Frances Priest
Ceramics / Edinburgh
Cavaliero Finn (WEST WING, W17)

Ceramic artist Frances Priest is also showcasing her work in the Cavaliero Finn exhibition 'The Alchemy of Nature'. Frances' work demonstrates her fascination with patterns and colours, exploring cultural histories and narratives of ornamentation through studio ceramics and installations within the built environment.

For Collect, Frances is experimenting with decorative motifs, taking inspiration from sketches made during a recent residency at Marchmont House.



Image: Hamish Dobbie / Photography by the artist

4. Hamish Dobbie
Silversmith, Metalwork / Glasgow

Hamish Dobbie, a silversmith working in Glasgow, will showcase new works inspired by the theme of 'Colour' with FIVE gallery.

Inspired by the Scottish landscape, silversmith Hamish balances traditional craftsmanship and digital design to create pieces that reflect the rugged shapes and textures found in nature.

All the work on display for FIVE ‘reflects the artists’ shared passion for precision, fine craftsmanship and drive to challenge perceptions and expectations of tradition’.



Image: Duke Christie / Photography courtesy of jaggedart

5. Duke Christie
Wood / Dallas, Moray
jaggedart (WEST WING, W8)

Duke Christie will be exhibiting his wood sculptures with jaggedart, a gallery renowned for exhibiting thought-provoking pieces that showcase an evident creative process. Duke uses locally and sustainably sourced wood, including Ash and Elm trees that have been affected by the Dutch elm disease. His sculptures are handcrafted and often reflect the movement of water and the meandering path of the River Spey in Scotland.

Follow Duke Christie on Instagram


Image: Naomi Mcintosh / Photography courtesy of Collect 2024

6. Naomi Mcintosh
Wood, Sculpture / Crathie, Aberdeenshire
Ruup & Form (WEST WING, W1)

Naomi Mcintosh is an interdisciplinary designer/maker based in the Cairngorms National Park, who uses her architectural background to create three-dimensional drawings, jewellery and sculptures to tell stories about the sanctity of the natural world.

Naomi’s 'Sown' series will be showcased with Ruup & Form, a gallery that strives to bridge the gap between art and crafts.

Hear Naomi Mcintosh speaking as part of the talks programme at Collect 2024:

Crafts: Against the grain
Saturday 2 March, 15.30
Talks Theatre, Somerset House

Naomi joins Gordon Sparks and Robert George to discuss all things timber, chaired by Isabella Smith, senior editor of Apollo.



Image: Scott Smith / Photography by the artist

7. 100 brooches by 100 Goldsmiths.
Goldsmiths' Fair

Alongside their showcase of six makers, Goldsmiths' Fair is also presenting a collection of 100 brooches from past exhibitors. The exhibition will feature a number of Scotland-based makers including Scott Smith (Dunbartonshire), Misun Won (Edinburgh), Rhona McCallum (Glasgow), Katie Watson (Edinburgh), Eve Balashova (Glasgow), Kathryn Hinton (Edinburgh), Sheng Zhang (Glasgow) and Susan Cross (Edinburgh).


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