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Future Makers 2017

Future Makers: a few of my favourite things…

by Christine Hitchins, Marketing & Digital Manager I love working at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. My bank balance, not so much. I often joke that I need a second job to fund my craft habit, so when  Future Makers rolls around each year my purse groans, along with my belly, which goes hungry when my…

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Memories are made by… Jane Blease

With Christmas only a week a way we draw to a close our Memories are Made By campaign with our final featured maker, Jane Blease from Studio 25. We ask her about the ideas and processes leading her innovative designs and the memories made through her work. How many years have you been resident at MCDC?…

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Jessica Owen studio 16

Memories are made by… Jessica Owen

As part of this year’s Christmas campaign we have focused on the makers who make original, innovative gifts every day here at MCDC. This week we speak to painter Jessica Owen of Northern Scapes, Studio 16, who’s been resident at MCDC for 13 years, about the inspirations behind her work and her memorable commissions and gifts as…

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Jon Damian Studio 22

Memories are Made by… Jon Damian

This December we’re looking a little closer at the some of the talented makers who make up our fantastic creative community. This week we speak to recent graduate, Jon Peters of Jon Damian jewellery, whose work is available to buy upstairs at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, in Studio 22. How many years have you been resident…

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Lee Page Hanson Studio 4

Memories are made by… Lee Page Hanson

As part of this year’s Christmas campaign we’re celebrating the power of handmade and the makers behind the one-of-a-kind gifts on offer everyday at MCDC. This week we speak to established ceramicist, Lee Page Hanson, whose collection you can see in Studio 4. How many years have you been resident at MCDC? I originally began working in…

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Kate Knight

Memories are made by… Kate Knight

We’re looking a little closer at the work and stories behind this year’s Christmas campaign which features six of our resident makers. This week we speak to digital illustrator and designer Kate Knight about the inspirations which drive her work and the festive season which we officially kick off with our Family Friendly Christmas Launch Saturday 19th…

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Anne Rowson Studio 5

Memories are made by… Anne Rowson

We’ll be looking a little closer at the work and stories behind this year’s Christmas campaign and we kick off this week with one of Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s longest serving resident makers. Anne Rowson of RA Designer Jewellery celebrates her 30th year in business at Manchester Craft and Design Centre on November 19, 2016. As this milestone…

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UPCOMING: Heated Exchanges

As we approach the launch of our first ever glass exhibition, our Exhibitions & Events Officer Kaylee Jenkinson, reveals why she wants to share her love of glass with Manchester… “I’ve absolutely loved researching and putting together Heated Exchanges. I’m really lucky in my job that I get to work with a whole range of different…

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HAND CRAFT: Work in Progress

With just one week to go until the launch of HAND CRAFT, 49 artists, makers and designers are adding the finishing touches to the individual panels which will make up a large-scale mural at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Collage, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood, illustration and painting all feature across the panels and reflect the diversity of creativity in…

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desk table


This week our resident makers are beginning work on their individual section of a 49 piece mural for our upcoming exhibition HAND CRAFT. Each of the 49 panels were delivered this week on a newly produced HAND.01 refillable, paper-topped table by new British design studio HAND as part of a special collaboration with our makers, Manchester based creatives and paper pioneers G.F…

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