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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...

You can read more about the makers and activites from this Made in the Middle on the exhibition blog.

You can find out more about the Made in the Middle series of exhibitions here.

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

Download the Teacher's Pack here...

Made in the Middle is the Midland’s principal exhibition of contemporary craft. 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.

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.

Made in the Middle 2012

This was the seventh exhibition in the ongoing Made in the Middle series, originated by Craftspace.

Previously showing contemporary craft from the West Midlands, this year the exhibition has been expanded to include the East Midlands and celebrate creative practice across the whole region.

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

The exhibition built 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.

This exhibition brings together 35 makers whose diverse practice reflects the wealth of high quality work produced across the region and the talent nurtured in the Midlands. In a changing economic climate this Made in the Middle considers ‘Pathways to Craft’ through selected case studies to draw out the various routes to careers in making. The exhibition aims to demonstrate alternative ways to approach making, not only through the exhibitors’ experiences but also through the action research project Apprentices in the Making.

Made in the Middle also reflects on developments in craft. In recent years the use of digital processes and technologies has grown significantly. A focus on digital work highlights the growing interest in these processes and how makers are pushing technology to create innovative work.

Action Research: Apprenticeships in the Making

As part of the development we ran an action research project with young people who are not in education, employment or training, to discover and challenge their preconceptions of craft and to introduce them to potential pathways within the sector.

Watch the video for the action research project and find out more on the project page.

“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.

Andrew Tanner Award Nomination

Andrew Tanner's exhibit '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.


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

“My confidence has increased enormously, and I feel the experience of MiTM has enabled me to complete the transformation from emerging maker to established maker. I feel far more rooted and confident in my practice from the opportunities that has arisen from this experience.”

Exhibiting artist.

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Photographs © : Richard Battye

Developing people, ideas and opportunities through contemporary craft.

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