Present & Collect – Handmade Gifts and Collectable Contemporary Objects for the Festive Season

Cane Studies Spheres by Clare Wilson / Photo Credit: Shannon Tofts

From 16 November to Saturday 23 December 2017, Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA), home to works from Britain’s leading craftspeople, launched Present & Collect, their annual seasonal selling exhibition. It will offer a range of meaningful gifts at accessible price points, as well as high-value collectors’ pieces. This curated selection is imbued with skill, innovation and tradition.

Tableware by James and Tilla Waters / Photo Credit: Jayne Lloyd

From the decorative to the functional and wearable, in a range of diverse materials from clay to precious gemstones, each handmade object is a one off.

As the leading authority on high-end British craft, CAA is a trusted resource for collectors and first time buyers alike. With 350 maker members from all over the UK, the CAA gallery represents both leading and emerging names.

Double Drop Earrings by Stacey Bentley / Photo Credit: Stacey Bentley

Christine Lalumia, Executive Director of CAA, comments: ‘The CAA gallery presents a comprehensive range of one-off pieces that make wonderful gifts for Christmas and other occasions. Ceramics and tableware, contemporary objects, solid wood furniture, jewellery and wearable textiles by leading British makers appeal to both the established and the aspiring craft collector.

Secret Garden pendant (with Jane Keith cashmere scarf) by Mark Bloomfield / Photo Credit: Jayne Lloyd

Our makers tell tales and objects communicate stories. There are many tales to tell in the creation of a finely crafted object, and the making and storytelling are often inter-twined, and interdependent in the work and lives of craft people. Stories about materials and their history, tales of how a skill was mastered, glimpses of inspiration and influence are everywhere you look in the crafts. These are to be cherished, as they add immeasurably to the allure of a beautifully made pot, piece of glass, textile, necklace, chair… the list is endless.

Bubbly Bottles by Phil Atrill / Photo Credit: Jayne Lloyd

There is a direct and personal communication between the creator and the lucky one who acquires a special piece: the maker, material and the piece itself tell tales and the owner imbues the object with meaning and memory.’

Small oval encalmo bowls by Stewart Hearn / Photo Credit: Jayne Lloyd

Affordable to collectors and buyers of all budgets, prices range from £40 to tens of thousands of pounds. The gallery is located close to the Southbank and the City, and within walking distance of Tate Modern and commuter stations Waterloo, Blackfriars, Southwark, Cannon Street and London Bridge.

Wide Cascading vessel 1 by Tanya Gomez / Photo Credit: Jayne Lloyd

Contemporary Applied Arts

89 Southwark Street
T: +44 20 7620 0086

Visitor Information

Opening times:
Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm
Admission is free