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Felton’s London call

SHEFFIELD silversmith Katey Felton is among the young designer-makers featured in an exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London.

The exhibition, Growing Talent – Jewellers and Silversmiths Nurtured by the Goldsmiths’ Company, focuses on a diverse group of young craftspeople who have been supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company over the past decade and demonstrates how their talents have blossomed.

Together with an early piece dating from her first Goldsmiths’ Fair in 2004, Felton is exhibiting one of her latest pieces, a silver clutch-bag inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge. “She is the inspiration for my hand-chased sterling silver Ripple clutch bag – the first piece of my new collection,” says the maker. “She is without doubt my fashion icon and a great role model for women around the world.”

Originally from Skegness, Felton moved to Sheffield after gaining an MA in Silversmithing from the University of Central England in Birmingham. She is now working at Persistence Works and runs her own silversmithing business.

Growing Talent continues at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, until Saturday, April 13, apart from the Easter Weekend.

Backing for crafts

CRAFT Finder, the national online contemporary craft promotion venture based in Sheffield, is celebrating a major vote of confidence as Arts Council England announced a grant of nearly £30,000 to reach out to new audiences.

Janet Paske, 48, founder and director of Craft Finder, said: “The grant will pay for a new part-time worker who will develop relationships with contemporary craft lovers and galleries, fairs and others who bring the work of designer-makers to the public’s notice.”

Craft Finder launched in 2012 and has since been steadily building its profile, attracting leading designer-makers. It connects them with lovers of contemporary craft who can now find more than 600 galleries, exhibitions, fairs and studios across the UK. More than 200 selected designer-makers of outstanding quality are already on their books.

Janet Paske says: “Research shows that new customers like to feel, see and touch a maker’s work before buying and that’s where we come in. We make it nice and easy for people so they can do just that.

“The Arts Council England grant of £29,734 will help develop Craft Finder audiences. Most of the funding will pay for a part-time member of staff as well as extend the range of promotion we do. This year, for example, we will now be able to have a stand at Art in Action. The postholder will be based at Craft Finder’s offices in Sheffield’s Persistence Works.”