As part of the London Design Festival Milliken's newly expanded and redesigned Clerkenwell showroom will be home to an exhibition of ceramics created by Turning Earth members and alumni.
The event will celebrate Turning Earth's role as an incubator of small craft businesses and showcase the work of up and coming as well as more established artists, designers and makers. Around 30 craftspeople will take part in this group exhibition including Ben Sutton, Andrea Roman, Tom Kemp, Stine Dulong of SkandiHus, Pat O Leary, Caroline Austin, Natascha Madeiski and Tessa Barrett.
For the duration of the London Design Festival visitors will have the opportunity to view and buy the works on show, watch demonstrations and also meet many of the makers. Turning Earth's mission is to cultivate craft both as an accessible hobby and as a viable career. Their first studio, Turning Earth Hoxton, opened in December 2013. Following a model popular in the US, it was the first dedicated open-access ceramics studio in London.
The concept for this collaboration with Turning Earth was inspired by a new carpet tile collection 'Glazed Clay' from Milliken. Glazed Clay takes as it's starting point the subtle colours, finishes and textures of studio pottery. The Milliken design team used as its inspiration the glazed washes of colour and puddles of opacity combined with the alchemy of the earth's most natural elements to create a fresh and contemporary collection.