Members of the Cornwall Crafts Association, which was formed back in 1973 by a group of craft makers seeking to support other craft people within Cornwall, have two galleries of their own in which to display their works. Both galleries, one at Trelissick Gardens and another at Trelowarren, are amongst the most beautifully located galleries in Cornwall.
myCornwall visited CCA’s Trelissick Gallery, which is sited within a former 19th century barn at the National Trust’s gardens of the same name. The place was opened back in 1988 and has proved to be one of the most visited galleries within Cornwall especially in the Summer months when the influx of tourists brings art and craft lovers of all kinds to this part of the British Isles.
Like the membership of the association that runs it, it is a gallery that caters for broad range of tastes, from ceramics to painting, from jewellery to clothing. The contents of the gallery are changed four times a year. “It’s our way of keeping things fresh,” says Elinor Lamond, manager of the two galleries. “Our members get to show new works to the public each season.”
The works of the members sell well, and as if to prove a point our chat with Elinor was interrupted several times as pieces were being purchased. It’s not surprising that the works of the makes are picked up by an ever demanding art loving public as the standard of the creations on show is extremely high. “We have a membership selection committee who vet those who apply to be members,” explains Elinor. “The aim is to keep the standards as high as possible. Members of the committee specialise in certain types of art and crafts and understand the work that goes into the creations on offer.”
The pedigree of the Cornwall Crafts Association and its two galleries goes back to its early days when the likes of Janet Leach, the famous potter, John Crowther, the famous architect and John Barnicoat, who was the principal of Falmouth College of Arts at that time helped form the organisation. These days the high standards are met by members such as Paul Jackson, the ceramicist, Samvado, the wood carver and sculptor, and many other creatives that make up the 100 plus membership.
In addition to managing the two galleries Elinor Lamond finds time to create her own unique handmade ceramic beads that are used in the bright and extremely eye-catching jewellery. The who gallery oozes stunning design, beautifully made creations and expert craft skills.
Upstairs the the National Trust have their own gallery that compliments the Cornwall Crafts Association space and if one is visiting both are recommended destinations for those seeking craft gifts, art for their walls or even beautiful clothing and knitwear.
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