The Crafts Study Centre
Research at UCA
Our Crafts Study Centre (CSC) is a world-renowned crafts research hub and museum of modern and contemporary craft, led by Professor Simon Olding.
An invaluable resource centre for craft practitioners, historians and theorists, the CSC is home to a unique and internationally-acclaimed collection of 20th and 21st century British craft artefacts. The objects collections centre on the fields of calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood, and are accompanied by archives which include diaries, correspondence, photographs, catalogues and working notes from crafts practitioners and crafts organisations. The CSC's holdings include work by influential figures such as Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, and Hans Coper in ceramics, Ethel Mairet, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher in textiles; calligraphy by Edward Johnston and Irene Wellington, and furniture by Ernest Gimson and Edward Barnsley.
The CSC is also home to a library with an extensive collection of books and periodicals relating to craft, and a Research Room available by appointment for those interested in learning more about our collections.
The CSC hosts inspiring exhibitions of work from its own collections and by leading artist-makers, lectures, symposiums and open days. We foster scholarship and writing about modern and contemporary craft and publish new books and monographs.
In this project, Professor Simon Olding made a new study of the life and work of the pioneer studio potter Bernard Leach. Based on critical readings of newly discovered archives and collections, and set in the context of Leach's practice and thinking in St Ives and Japan, the project culminated in Olding editing a peer-reviewed book and curating parallel exhibitions at the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art in Japan.