CraftWorks – Lunch Time Talks

Following on from last years successful CraftWorks conference produced in partnership with the Crafts Council. We now present an opportunity to hear from a range of designer/makers talking about their work.

Across the week we will showcase of some of the hottest talents emerging from the steel city of Sheffield. A hub of creativity and industry, Sheffield is a real design destination fostering new makers who challenge the conventions of their craft and materials.

Speakers will be announced here shortly.



Monday 15th 1.00pm-1.45pm

Creative Thinking. A short talk by Sheffield design studio 
Side by Side

• Where their creative thinking comes from
• Where to find inspiration
• and how they push their creative boundaries
They’ll also be giving an overview and sneak preview of Just Do Good Shit – the poster exhibition they’re curating as part of Sheffield Design Week.

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Tuesday 16th 1.00pm-1.45pm

Meet the Makers: Lianne Mellor

Lianne Mellor is a designer and illustrator, she runs her Sheffield based studio producing a range of homeware called Mellor Ware.

She strives to produce products that are not only beautiful, but are also functional for everyday use. In 2011 we started supplying Liberty of London and 2012 saw the first member of staff (Emma) employed as an apprentice. The business has continued to grow ever since and we currently export to Belgium, Hong Kong, South Korea and America along with supplying many independent British retailers.

Meet the Makers: Owen Waterhouse 

Owen Waterhouse is a designer, silversmith and public artist based at Persistence Works in Sheffield, UK.
Working across disciplines, often in collaboration, Owen produces work ranging from small scale domestic objects to large commercial and community based public art.

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Wednesday 17th 1.00pm-1.45pm

Meet the Makers: Mir Jansen & Henk Littlewood

Mir Jansen (artist) and Henk Littlewood (woodworker) have been commissioned to create an artwork for Museums Sheffield’s forthcoming exhibition themed around Ruskin and Craftmanship (title tbc)

An entire oak tree was donated by the Companions of The Guild of St.George (Ruskin Trust) from their forest (Ruskin Land) in the Wyre valley. We decided to focus on the ‘Mind & Legacy of John Ruskin’.

Henk will be utilising the limbs and stem of the tree to create a large scale spherical sculpture, using as many traditional woodworking craft skills as possible. Mir will use the interior space of the sculpture to illustrate narratives from Ruskin’s ideas and legacy. Our project is funded by The Arts Council and Museums Sheffield.

The artwork will be exhibited in the Millennium Gallery from 19th January to 5th June 2016.

In this talk Henk will show how the tree was selected, felled and re-sawn and the many processes involved in shaping the material to realise the sculpture. Mir will talk about the narratives she has chosen for the illustrations and how these relate on the life, ideas and legacy of John Ruskin.

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Venue Info

Ground Floor Lunchtime Talks
Millennium Gallery

Arundel Gate
S1 2PP

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