Keith Brymer Jones on Another TV Show!
No Comments | January 07,2019 | by MAKE International
The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts
None of us enjoy Monday’s, but we’ve got a reason to look forward to Friday. Finally, he’s back! You may remember our head of design Keith Brymer Jones appearing on BBC’s ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ as a judge in early 2017, but now he’s back on our screens with more great telly. Keith is widely known for his sensitive side seen on the pottery show because of his love and passion for the craft. He’s now back and is co-hosting The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts alongside TV and Radio presenter, Anita Rani and Arts and Crafts expert, Patch Rogers. This new show centres around the Arts and Crafts Movement and features 6 different craftspeople all with a unique background in the industry. This is for ones that love the creative side of life and also for those who dream of an era from a long time ago. We can’t promise you that Keith will be able to hold it together the whole time but we can promise you that it will be worth the watch!
In this show the following six crafters will be challenged with the task of renovating a Victorian house using only Victorian techniques and tools. They must make Arts and Crafts objects including a Sussex Chair, CR Ashbee Bowl, and William Morris inspired wallpaper. Find out more about who you’ll be watching below.
Award-winning product designer, Ilsa, got into the industry because of her creative flare. She knew she was always a creative person but wanted her talent to be of purpose and mean something. One of the things she loves about her job is being able to experiment and play with new materials discovering new things. Her main priority is to create something with purpose and not just for the sake of it.
Ilsa also doubles as a design consultant and has been a visiting lecturer at just under 20 universities in the UK. Some of the people she’s worked with include Heals, Unilever and Sony.
She stated ‘I want to move away from being a consumer and more of a user of meaningful things’.
Ilsa now runs an independent gift ware brand and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Product Design at the University of Lincoln.
Born in London, Bryony spent her childhood in Kenya following her father who had a strong desire to work abroad. This meant that Bryony got to explore and live in many different areas of the world. Her experiences from these travels are still a main inspiration for her work today. She has now been working with metal for 30 years.
Bryony claims she never studied wood or metal work at school but always knew that she loved to work with her hands. She says ‘After failing Maths A Level, I realised I needed to not be the architect I wanted to be and actually follow a different route.’ However, this was still a similar path as she went on to university to complete a 3D design course in metals and plastics. Bryony explains that she was never meant to work with wood and says that she loves the way ‘metal is so malleable’.
With her own original style, Bryony loves to combine a hint of glamour as well as humour to items we use on a day to day basis. Not only working with metals, she also loves the creativity that comes with dressmaking and features a mainly 1950’s style.
Rod found himself recreating historic weapons after an early career in engineering. , He found his love for working with his hands whilst working with machines and metals. His creations are typically from the Iron Age, Roman, Viking, and Medieval period. One thing he says he loves about his work is that he can venture into any period of time to find inspiration.
He works with may materials from metals to leather and bone, and the majority of his commissions come from museums and private collectors.He believes that metal is beautiful and whilst some would think of it as cold, he would say it has a soul to it.
When asked about the Arts and crafts movement he said that it’s about merely making beautiful things. He loves shaping metal into something fantastic.
He has a passion about authenticity and is specific on being genuine with his creations. He’s also enjoys developing property, more specifically he works in restoring Victorian heritage to its original condition.
Stephen first got into pottery at the age of 23 when looking for artistic inspiration on instagram. He’s originally from Glasgow but in now living in Dundee and has a background in sculpture. He started working with, sculptor to the Queen, Alexander Stoddart at the young age of 14.
Though he was skilled in the art of sculpting, he self-taught all he know about pottery. All he needed was a kiln and determination, one of which he already had. Once he had bought a kiln he was ready to start, using YouTube tutorials as his teacher, he is now talented in the art of pottery.
He says one of the great things about pottery is the independence it gives you as you can sustain on the things that you create. He said ‘It’s quite liberating’. He considers himself a big fan of yoga and a lover of street art.
Though Niamh comes from an artistic family, she only came into embroidery from the age of 23, due to being bored in her breaks at her job where she worked as a waitress. Her father works as a stained glass and light designer. She doesn’t quite recall why she got into embroidery specifically but claims she was looking for something to fill her time and just picked up an embroidery hoop thinking that would do the job.
Niamhs’ work was originally, very political, featuring feminist values and meanings. She explains that she loves to subvert the preconceived ideas about embroidery being a dull, feminine and ‘Grandma’ thing to do.
Niamh has just completed a masters degree in Contemporary Craft. This was the perfect combination of the political writings of Morris and Ruskin and the Victorian language of flowers, two things she finds herself very passionate about.
From a young age, Abdollah was entranced by the art of architecture. Not great at remembering mathematical or scientific skills, his muscle memory always exceeded him, allowing him to create new and beautiful things.
He explained once he was ‘hooked’ on art, there was no going back.
He established his first workshop in Iran after he learnt the art of woodworking. He then came to the UK in 2011 to set up a studio where he could learn from, and work with other artisans.
After losing everything in a burglary, he was unfortunately put in a position where he had to take on a job, restoring old Victorian properties. He then met his wife whilst working on one of the properties. The two of them now own and manage a bespoke furniture and sculpture studio in Horsham.