Collect, now in its 15thyear, is the art fair to go to for the most exciting contemporary objects – exceptional work, mostly made exclusively for the Fair. Jeweller Jean Scott-Moncrieff has created a collection of beautiful new pieces which she is exhibiting on the Goldsmith’s Fair stand. Intense, clear tourmalines, Madagascan rubies, cognac diamonds and fabulous emeralds are all set off by designs wrought in 18-karat gold – inspired by the opulent riches of ancient civilizations.
British Ceramicist Matthew Chambers is showing his gorgeously coloured circular sculptures – recently seen at the Homo Faber exhibition in Venice as part of the Best of Europe exhibit – alongside the Galvin brothers’ wooden creations. The Galvins design furniture with a contemporary twist – taking their inspiration from traditional craft furniture and Scandinavian design. Joseph Harrington’s glass pieces – evocative of rugged cliffs and rough seas – are also worth a detour, as are Akiko Hirai’s ceramic moon jars.
Also showing is ceramicist Tanya Gomez who is exhibiting her glazed porcelain sculptural vessels on the Contemporary Applied Arts stand. Inspired by the powerful shifting qualities of the sea, Tanya uses dynamic throwing, cutting and assembling techniques to build tactile, organic pieces. She works in fine porcelain, which she then glazes with deep, vivid colours – carmine, ochre, midnight blue.
Collect: The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design
28 February – 3 March 2019 Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY