For the past 38 years we have been championing contemporary craft in the vibrant city of Leeds to shine a spotlight on independent makers and their small businesses from across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. Through an exciting seasonal exhibition programme we highlight the skills behind handmade and share their inspiring stories. Bringing these amazing collections of contemporary craft together under one roof has created a haven for many visitors to escape the stresses of daily life & create mindful experiences. Please help us keep the gallery and the hundreds of small businesses we support alive by donating what you can so we can continue to keep bringing the very best of contemporary craft to you and help us and these creative industries thrive.
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Last week we enjoyed a visit from Liz Goodman and her husband. They marvelled at our selection of collections on display and in particular our ceramics. After a lovely conversation with the couple Liz shared with us a personal story of a purchase she made here of a piece created by Lorna Jackson Currie which we're sharing with you below as we continue to celebrate our 35 year anniversary:
"The story behind it is that 18 years ago, I was just coming out of an unhappy marriage and had, for the first time, control over my own money. On the very first day of realising that I wasn't accountable to anyone, I rushed out and bought a beautiful bowl, which has come to be known as the "Liberation Bowl" and was the start of our now very extensive collection of ceramics. The bowl which I bought from you quite recently is part of this collection, and sits looking beautiful against the yellow wall in our living-room.
The happy ending to this story is that my second husband is an artist and an avid collector of ceramics, and he would never object to the purchase of a beautiful pot, plate or vase; finances permitting, of course!"
Thank you Liz for sharing your wherearetheynow? story with us. If you have a story that you'd like to share then send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with some photographs and your story which we'll share for you on our blog and via social media. #35years #wherearetheynow? #craftstories