Image: The Living Mountain by Harry Morgan. Image credit: Shannon Tofts
The Crafts Council has selected 35 maker businesses to take part in the six-month Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership across the UK.
For 2017 the selected makers are working in a broad range of disciplines including nine jewellers, six ceramicists, six textile makers, three glass makers, and five furniture makers. Hothouse has partnered with a range of specialist gallery spaces, studio spaces and universities.
Craft Scotland is delighted to be working with the Crafts Council for the third year running. This year, we have funded seven places for designer/makers living and working in Scotland.
The seven selected participants that will make up the cohort for Scotland are:
- Ruth Leslie, Jewellery
- Karolina Baines, Jewellery
- Juli Bolaños-Durman, Glass
- Mella Shaw, Ceramics/Sculpture
- Mariam Syed, Textiles
- Harry Morgan, Glass/Concrete
- Elizabeth Jane Campbell, Jewellery
Hothouse is the Craft Council’s creative and business development programme for up-and-coming makers. Considered a gold-standard professional development programme, it has supported over 200 makers over the last five years. 90% of participants from 2016 stated that the programme had enabled them to think differently about the direction of their career.
Craft Scotland’s director, Fiona Logue, said: “Craft Scotland is delighted to support a cohort of makers in this year’s Hothouse programme. An important part of our role is to assist makers in the development of their business and creative practice and we have seen the positive results in makers we have supported through the two previous programmes. This year we were impressed by the volume and quality of applications and are delighted with the seven makers who will be taking part this year.”
Image: Ode To Intuicion by Juli Bolaños-Durman. Image credit: Shannon Tofts
This year the Crafts Council has partnered with 24 organisations across England and Scotland including Manchester School of Art, Craft Scotland, University of Brighton, and The National Centre for Craft and Design.
Each of the selected maker businesses already displays a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality. Hothouse will further equip them with the business and creative skills needed to run a successful and sustainable craft business.
Hothouse 2016 alum Hannah Tounsend found that “Hothouse brought instant improvement to my business because it offers training and business advice tuned specifically to the craft maker.”