Emerging Makers 2023

31 August – 14 October 2023


Featuring recent graduates and emerging makers working across a range of disciplines and media, this show highlights the ‘makers to watch’ of 2023.

This year, we have looked at the Green Grads display at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2022. Green Grads make contemporary craft which is high quality, well designed and sustainable. We have also researched recent new makers from presentations including Fresh at the British Ceramics Biennial, as well as Collect and the Crafts Council’s new makers selections over the past couple of years, to offer more of a general overview of ‘makers to watch’.

“Our vision is to fuel UK environmental action with new talent from UK Universities” – Green Grads

Makers include:

Wood by Sandy Buchanan & Christoph Kurzman

Ceramics by Claudette Forbes, Isobelle Hayes, Gerald Mak & Martha Wiles

Glass by Hannah Baxendale

Leather by Iseabal Hendry

Willow by Simon Redstone

Metal by Studio Hancock

Mixed media by Flod UK

With thanks to Ann-Marie Franey from the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Barbara Chandler & Michael Czerwinski from Green Grads for their support with researching this display.

A curated selection of work is available through our online shop.

Evening Opening Event

Join us for the ‘Emerging Makers’ opening event with some of the selected makers on Thursday 31 August between 5:30pm – 7pm.  Refreshments will be provided.

Friends of the Bdc will receive a 10% discount on all purchases from the gallery during the event.

Images: Willow lighting by Simon Redstone (Above) & ceramics by Claudette Forbes (Below, Left) and Gerald Mak (Below, Right)
Woodwork by Sandy Buchanan
Woodwork by Christoph Kurzman (Left) & leather by Iseabal Hendry (Right, photography by Richard Gaston)
Ceramics by Isobelle Hayes (Left) & Martha Wiles (Right)
Mixed media by Flod UK (Left) & glass by Hannah Baxendale (Right)
Metal by Studio Hancock