The event runs until Sunday and is supported by the Crafts Council, which says the industry makes a £3.4 billion contribution to Britain’s economy, and involves more than 12,000 businesses.
London Craft Week founder and chairman, Guy Salter, says it “highlights centuries-old skills and new talent. We want people to understand how things are made, and try making things themselves.”
Contemporary Applied Arts in Southwark Street has a pavilion specially designed for the event by architects Allies and Morrison. The gallery hosts The Crafted City, where audiences will talk, learn about and explore craft.
The Crafted City has objects and materials that reflect Southwark’s craft associations, including architectural glass by Kate Maestri, glass lights by Michael Ruh and sconces by ceramicist Robert Cooper.
Catarina Riccabona, who takes inspiration for her work from Grinling Gibbons, is weaving in front of an altarpiece honouring the renowned 17th-century woodcarver in St James’s Church, Piccadilly.
Fortnum & Mason presents Crafted, featuring demonstrations by potters Chris Keenan and Billy Lloyd, textile maker Charlene Mullen, and silversmiths Ndidi Ekubia, Angela Cork and Shona Marsh.
Craft Week segues neatly into COLLECT, the Crafts Council’s annual selling show of the best of international craft. It starts at the Saatchi Gallery in SW3 on Friday with 35 international galleries from 14 countries on display.