Manchester Craft and Design Centre Exhibition

Posted on the 28th November 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended the opening of our latest exhibition Creative Share – Excellent, Exciting, Endless Possibilities. The exhibition, hosted by Manchester Craft and Design Centre was a celebration of work produced by Jennifer Hinchcliffe, Emma Slater, James Kingsford, Dylan Yardley and Sam Bradley whilst working with ceramicist Laura Negus.


Each artist exhibited work inspired by their own interests, incorporating new skills learnt whilst been mentored by Laura. Artist Jennifer Hinchcliffe has created a series of plaques inspired by family holidays, each one illustrating a different memory. Sam Bradley has created portraits of friends, made using resist and sgraffito techniques and inspired by Welsh love spoons.  James Kingsford has produced a collection of figures taken from his own fictional cartoon series Castle King. Artist Emma Slater has created a series of Mandalas, inspired by her Buddhist faith and Dylan Yardley has developed skills in throwing and glazing, presenting a collection of small thrown pots, showing various stages of learning.


Bringing the exhibition together has been a collaborative process between Pure’s artists and Manchester Craft and Design Centre’s curator Laura Feltham. Laura visited the artists at Vernon to get to know them, see their work in progress and learn about the inspiration behind their work. Together they’ve also made decisions about exhibition content, layout and the exhibitions title – Excellent, Exciting, Endless Possibilities. Even the colours used to define the different areas of the exhibition have been chosen by the artists.

The exhibition opened on Saturday 27th November and was a great success, drawing lots of visitors to the centre. As well as the exhibition opening the centre also hosted two free workshop – print making and clay sculpting, offering visitors the opportunity to create themselves as well as seeing (and buying) the work of others.

We’d like to thank Manchester Craft and Design Centre for hosting our artists work and there support throughout the project.  Creative share  has been supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Quote from Abigail Betton:

The exhibition looks brilliant. Seeing the artists develop their practice over the past few months has been wonderful. Each has developed an individual style that carries throughout their work.


Quote from Sam Bradley (Artist):

It was really good. It was nice to see everyone. I think they were impressed by my work. I’d like to exhibit more in the future.


Quote from Julia Kingsford (parent):

The exhibition at Manchester Craft and Design Centre is brilliant. They’ve worked closely with James and the other artists throughout this project and it’s provided an opportunity for them all to reach their full potential, and for James, a focus that has been good for his metal health. I’m really proud of him and the work he’s made and I’m really pleased with the work Pure have done. They’ve gone above and beyond to support this group to achieve excellent things.

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