Pulse is a great trade show thats sits nicely after all the big European shows have happened. It timed to give you a breather after the madness of the huge shows, and lets you focus in on some great upcoming UK talent.
Sabina Savage was a worthy winner of the best new product this year with her beautifully drawn intricate scarves.
I have a soft spot for ceramics – it comes from studying in the heart of the Staffordshire Potteries!
So I hugely enjoyed talking to Kaoru Parry of Welovekaoru; she is another of the wonderful new designers who are so passionate about keeping the skills alive in Stoke-on-Trent. Kaoru along with Richard Bendon, Paul Bishop of the New English and Reiko Keneko all have the same passion for keeping Potteries alive. Its such a shame the big old companies shipped production out to the far east. I’m just glad that we do have a growing band of really creative and passionate new potters.
New this year are some mugs in coppery lustre glazes monochrome geo patterns. Its also worth looking at the lovely detail of last years London Willow range. If you look carefully the repeat pattern on the edge is Big Ben. (much better images on their website!)
Blodwen is a company that looks back to its traditional Welsh roots in its patterns and methods, but with an update for today’s taste. The Gwalia Enamelware range takes a blanket pattern and transposes it onto traditional enamel shapes.
The Princes Trust Enterprise scheme had a stand with a number of new entrepreneurs. If you’re not familiar with the Princes Trust; its a very worthy cause. The Trust supports young unemployed or those employed for less than 16 hours per week; and mentors them and provides funding to set up their own businesses. I’ve picked out three from this talented group that exhibited.
Studio Harlen‘s bold monochrome accessories.
Yinka Ilori upcycles old chairs taking the colour palette from traditional African fabrics. Really love the orange he has used here.
Nette was my final pick from the Princes Trust stand. Her work is all hand sewn leather accessories made in her studio at the Cockpit Arts. I particularly love the little yellow bag you can see in the image above. Its a very versatile bag that can sit snugly under the seat on your bike; you can then whip it off for walking around town. If you’d like to see Nette’s work and many others, the Cockpit Arts Summer open studio’s are coming up on the 7-9th June so set the date in your diary!