Photo of Ken Stradling with David Miller pot. Copyright

Photo of Ken Stradling with David Miller pot. Copyright

Ken Stradling at 100

12 February – 25 June 2022

This exhibition was the first time we told the full story of Ken Stradling’s extraordinary life through his amazing collection of 20th Century design. It was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This exhibition really represented Ken Stradling MBE, his most distinctive personal taste expressed over eighty years of loving, collecting and retailing design and craft.

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