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Feast at Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Want to own something beautiful? A new display of original ceramics opens at the Craft Centre this weekend

Published on October 21st 2008.

Feast at Manchester Craft and Design Centre

It's a well known fact that food tastes nicer when served on a pretty plate, and that hot chocolate is at its best when slurped from your special mug. If you're looking for ceramics that bring a little glow of happiness to their owners, you might want to go to the Craft and Design Centre in the Northern Quarter this weekend. 'Feast' – a display of original tableware created by talented ceramicists opens there on Saturday.

There'll be live music, free warming apple drinks and 'spooky cookie decorating' for the kids. But the main attraction is undoubtedly the ceramics. The organisers promise a fantastic array of items including cups, saucers, plates, bowls, teapots, jugs and platters. Could be useful if you're already thinking about Christmas gifts, or if you want something to cheer up your own kitchen or dining room.

Established and emerging ceramicists will feature in the display. Rachael Gardiner revitalises old, unwanted plates with quirky illustrations and ribbon adornment. Sean Gordon's vibrantly-coloured earthenware pots take their inspiration from everyday functional objects such as old tinware and coal scuttles, while Amy Lewis’s decorative vessels reflect land and seascape, with their irregular shapes, bold colours and delicate linear illustration.

A special Manchester collection will be displayed by People Will Always Need Plates. A 'Bee of the Bang’ mug and the 'Toast Rack' range will feature alongside some of their other established architectural-inspired designs.

Sally Raven fires her domestic pots and cups continuously for three days, giving her work a homely feel with subtle, autumnal colours. Vivienne Ross’s vessels act as containers for both objects and ideas. The shapes are kept simple, while the surface decoration is characteristically bold with nude figures. Lucy Whiting’s monochromatic, rocking teapots and cups play with the ideas of form and function – amusing and surprising objects, yet totally functional in their design.

The opening celebration, including music, cookie decorating, recipe swapping, and hot apple drinks, will take place between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 18 October. Feast will run until 10 January 2009. Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, M4 5JD. www.craftanddesign.com

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