Hundreds of exciting craft events take place every year during the month of May. As home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designer-makers, Oxo Tower Wharf is not one to miss out on this celebration of creativity and hand-making.
Throughout May join us for exhibitions, workshops and maker talks: meet jewellers and artists specialising in ‘wearable glass’ brought together by Studio Fusion Gallery, admire the traditional artisan techniques of four Greek jewellers hosted by resident Oxo designer Mikala Djorup, learn the ‘art of repair’ with kintsugi practitioner Iku Nishikawa at Japanese design shop wagumi and explore acclaimed printmaker Paul Catherall’s major solo exhibiton of linocuts at gallery@oxo.
4 GREEKS AND A DANE
10-25 May, Unit 1.16 a Oxo Tower Wharf, Free.
Mikala Djorup presents the work of 4 internationally renowned Greek jewellery designers alongside her own at Oxo Tower Wharf. Guest jewellers: Maximos Zachariadis, Alexia Gryllaki, Lito Karakostanoglou and Melanie Georgacopoulos.
She tells us “As far back as 3000BC, jewellery has played an important part in Greek society, starting with the Minoan culture. Techniques like granulation and filigree were introduced, and later the Mycenean craftsmen progressed with engraving of precious stones, enamel and fine wirework. The innovative work of these ancient jewellers is still influential to this day, and the tradition of good craftsmanship is alive and well in Greece”
“The 4 Greek jewellers showing their work in the Oxo Tower are all a great example of this strong tradition.”
PAUL CATHERALL: FUTURES PAST – 20 YEARS OF LINOCUTS
3 – 13 May, gallery@oxo, Free
A showcase of Catherall’s work across two decades of printmaking; an ode to an ever-changing London skyline.
As part of London Craft Week 2018
JEWELLERY: WEARABLE GLASS
Until 26 May, Unit 1.06 at Oxo Tower Wharf, Free
Talk on 12 May 2pm, £7.50 (booking required)
Studio Fusion Gallery presents an exhibition in conjunction with National Glass Centre featuring ‘wearable glass’ pieces by eight jewellers alongside work by established artists specialising in glass.
Book your place for the talk via Studio Fusion Gallery, 22 places, £7.50
THE ART OF REPAIR: ‘KINTSUGI’ WORKSHOP
10 & 13 May, Unit 1.08, £30 (booking required)
wagumi hosts ‘Kintsugi’ (gold joinery) workshops, a process that marks and seals the cracks in ceramics with lacquer and gold powder to give the broken objects a beautiful afterlife.
OTHER MAY EVENTS
May is also a fantastic month for photography fans at Oxo Tower Wharf as we host exhibitions including Colin Pearce’s 10 year restrospective show (Skylark Galleries 2 until 6 May), Positive Energies (gallery@oxo 16-20 May) and Windrush: Portrait of a Generation (gallery@oxo 23 May – 10 June).