I am delighted to have been selected for the UK Crafts Council’s Hothouse 2014 scheme.
The Crafts Council have selected thirty-eight makers from across the UK to take part in this prestigious scheme. The makers are from a range of craft disciplines, all within the first two years of setting up their business.
The programme, which will start in January 2014, will provide makers with a tailor-made six-month programme of business and creative support. The scheme will provide group sessions on developing business skills, market knowledge and creativity; a series of networking events bringing together all Hothouse 4 cohorts; support from a peer buddy; and 1:1 sessions with a mentor from the sector.
Needless to say, this is exciting stuff and I feel very honoured to have been selected to be part of it all. It’s going to be a very busy six months, by all accounts, with lots of tasks and activities to get stuck into. But I can’t wait to meet all the other participants and make the most of everything this exciting programme has to offer.
Participants in the South East cohort include: me – Elaine Bolt (ceramics, East Sussex), Charlotte Brown (mixed media, London), Jessica Coleman (textiles, London), Adam Collins (furniture, Herts),Silvia Kamodyova (ceramics, East Sussex), Beatrice Larkin (textiles, London), Imogen Noble (ceramics, Kent), Paula Ortega (jewellery, London), Izzy Parker(jewellery & objects, London), Jelka Quintelier, (jewellery & objects, London).
Images from all the participants can be found on the Hothouse 4 Pinterest board.
You can also follow the selected makers using the Craft Council’s Twitter list.