The New Craftsmen was founded in 2012 by Mark Henderson, Catherine Lock and Natalie Melton. Since 2010 the trio have toured the British Isles meeting and documenting makers of traditional craft and innovators using skills, honed over centuries, in a contemporary way. The result is The New Craftsmen: a network of makers who collaborate with Henderson, Lock and Melton to showcase the finest materials, skills and craft products of the British Isles. They seek out makers and iconic objects that are deeply connected to culture and place.
The gang have popped up in a few central London locations over the past year - they took over a large gallery and shop space opposite The Connaught before Christmas and recently hauled themselves up, chairs and plates and all, in a beautiful little garage on a Mayfair mews. I'm longing to get my hands on a piece or two from the collection; below are my top picks. Visit the online shop here, where you can shop by maker or product. Why not pick up an espresso cup or milk jug? Both are well priced, hand-thrown and so much nicer than most things you'll find on the high street...
'Harbour' Light by glass blower Michael Ruh and textile artist Aimee Betts.
Linen and Wool Throw by hand-weaver Catarina Riccabona.
Ceramic Bowl with Floral Illustration by ceramicist and illustrator Laura Carlin.
Coventry Chair by furniture designer-maker Chris Eckersley.