This exhibition was the product of sixty years spent transforming a small craft shop into the cultural icon that is the Bristol Guild. Sparkling colour from the 60s, witty statements about art and life, the gorgeous earthy textures of craft pottery – it was a wonderful mixture of the elegant one-off art piece and the everyday and ordinary, picked out and given value by Ken. Craft ceramics and glass from people who became his friends accompany high quality furniture and glass imported through visits to Scandinavia, as well as quirky toys and playful pieces which caught his fancy.
Since opening in 2014 the Collection has already inspired makers, students and school children through touching, handling and learning from its amazing variety. This exhibition showed wonderful design, craft and much more, including many pieces from Ken’s own house never shown before.
Free admission, donations welcome
Marketing Design and Craft in Post War Britain
On Saturday, 5th March 2022, as part of A lifelong passion for design , this seminar examined how institutions and enthusiastic retailers like Ken Stradling worked to bring innovative design to post war Britain and how their selling skills and understanding of their market still have relevance for both makers and retailers today.