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A small rustic vessel made using all parts of the willow.

Made In The Middle 2012

Willow ware

by Maggie Smith

part of a cardigan has been taken apart and restitched with the pattern now saying amy 2010.

Made In The Middle 2012

Amy 2010

by Amy Twigger Holroyd

Two vases of traditional shapes are covered in a patchwork of material.

Made In The Middle 2012


by Zoe Hillyard

A ceramic plate is decorated with images of hedgerows.

Made In The Middle 2012

English Hedgerow

by Andrew Tanner and Unanico

a white simple clock moulded in polymer so that the difits stand out from the face.

Made In The Middle 2012

Polymer Clock

by Pottinger and Cole


Made In The Middle 2012

Project Summary

Contemporary craft from across the Midlands

The tour is now complete...

... but keep a look out for links and info on the blog as we collect together some of the resources and evaluation material.

Andrew Tanner Award Nomination

English Hedgerow was nominated in the digital category for the Design Museum’s sixth annual Designs of the Year. He was beaten by the GOV.UK website which was the overall winner too, so still a great acheivement. See more here on the Unanico website and here at the Design Museum site and the designs of the year website.

Made in the Middle provides an ideal opportunity to buy work by makers with a link the Midlands. Prices start at a few pounds and more details on what's for sale, how to buy, prices and images can be found on our blog.

More images and news about the exhibition go to the exhibition blog or follow the hashtag on twitter #madeitm

More photos on the  Made in the Middle flickr group here...

Download the Teacher's Pack here...

Apprenticeships in the Making

Watch the video for the action research project here.

Made in the Middle is the Midland’s principal exhibition of contemporary craft, which takes place every three years. It promotes the best of recent craft from makers with a regional connection and it is popular with audiences, galleries and collectors. Besides achieving an excellent level of sales, many makers gain from further commissions and exhibiting opportunities.

This is the seventh exhibition in the ongoing Made in the Middle series, originated by Craftspace. This year for the first time, East meets West as the exhibition will also feature work from makers based in or affiliated to the East Midlands, to reflect the skill and work available within the whole region.

The exhibition launched at mac birmingham on11th February 2012 and is touring until July 2013. Made in the Middle will launched in the East Midlands at Hub, the National Centre for Design and Crafts.

Made in the Middle plays an important role in developing and supporting craft audiences in the areas that it tours to. It aims to improve their understanding of craft, as well as creating opportunities to see and to purchase craft by regional makers. The exhibition will build upon some of themes developed in the previous Made in the Middle: exploring maker’s lives and careers and a focus on a selected discipline.

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Media Partner

Craftspace is delighted to announce that Craft & Design magazine will be its media partner for Made in the Middle. Look out for features about the exhibition in Craft & Design throughout the exhibition’s tour.   

“In light of the current economic climate and University course closures within the arts, we are interested in exploring ‘Pathways to Craft’ through the exhibition. In addition to the makers who have accessed the industry through higher education, we will also be featuring those exhibitors who have adopted alternative routes into craft.”

Emma Daker, Exhibition Organiser.


Maggie Smith
Michelle Arieu
Imogen Aust
Jenny Creasey
Anna Collette Hunt
James & Tilla Waters
Jon Williams
Pottinger & Cole
Charlotte Clark
Stuart Akroyd
Li-Chu Wu
Mandana Thompson
Esther Lord
Anna Lorenz
Kevin Grey
Marcus Steel
Ruth Spaak
Imogen Luddy
Zoe Hillyard
Jennifer Collier
Jan Garside
Janette Matthews
Amy Twigger Holroyd
Karina Thompson
Clare Willard
Norman Cherry
Kate McBride
Laura McCafferty
Andrew Tanner
Gill Wilson
Vanessa Cutler
Yoko Izawa
Gareth Neal

Curation And Partners

Our Partners are:

mac birmingham

The National Centre for Craft & Design

Photographs © : Richard Battye

Developing people, ideas and opportunities through contemporary craft.

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