We ran a Craft Salon to run alongside the Coniston Arts and Crafts Annual Exhibition held in the village hall. The salon took place in the library where we tucked away the unsightly book carousels and Romance novels and displayed instead bits of pottery, glass, metal work and books from our collection and library. We had artists, craft people, and historians talking and showing. Charlie Whinney and his demonstration of how to steam-bend wood got the biggest round of applause though Adam's history of the Arts and Crafts Movement demonstrated by the throwing of pots came a very close second.
Coniston Arts and Crafts Society
Annual Arts & Crafts exhibition
The Institute, Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June
10am - 4pm
Grizedale Arts presents
'Craft Salon at the Mechanics Institute'
Presenting an interpretation of The Coniston Mechanics Institute, a village education and social centre first established in the early 19th century, an historic centre
used for the local development of the woodcarving and lace making industries initiated by John Ruskin.
Craft demonstrations, talks and discussion happening throughout the day
Demonstrations include Web Design, Stone Carving, Wood Bending, Book Binding,
Pottery, Sonic sculpture, collage, vegetable sculpture
With Further contributions and workshops from
Charlie Whinney, Peter Martin, Naomi Kashiwagi, Dorian Moore, Glen Boulter, Liz Rowe,Chris Poolman, Rebbecca Bibby.
And an on the day publication on what Craft means to you with Harry Blackett and Robin Kirkham
With talks by Dr Charlie Gere, Adam Sutherland, John Bryne, Alistair Hudson
Admission at the door by donation, refreshments available