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Joey Richardson Exhibits at the Society of Designer Craftsmen

Hand of the Maker‘ Summer Exhibition

Chelsea College of Art & Design
Society of Designer Craftsmen

Liveryman Joey Richardson, an internationally acclaimed turner and sculptor, is renowned for her delicate and richly hued wood forms. Joey became a Liveryman of the Turners’ Company in 2012, and was awarded the prestigious QEST Award of Excellence in 2015. She also exhibited at the Company’s Wizardry in Wood Exhibition in 2016.

Joey was recently admitted into the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Patricia Spero and Gabor Lacko, also both Liverymen of the Turners’ Company, and Fellows of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, will be exhibiting. Patricia and Gabor work individually, but also in collaboration to produce very thin turned bowls and platters which are pierce-carved and coloured. Here the inspiration is nature using flowers, leaves and trees to decorate the wood.

You will also be able to see the work of Richard Shock, member of the Register of Professional Turners, supported by the Turners’ Company, and member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Often with my signature inlays or my new veneered designs, most of my work is functional, usually finished with carnauba wax which is non-toxic. Other pieces are purely artistic such as vases and discus forms. In either case, I aim to make high quality work combining good techniques with attention to design to enhance the inherent beauty of the figure and grain. Richard Shock

From the Society of Designer Craftsmen:

We are the largest and oldest multi-disciplinary Society in the UK and are proud to have as members some of the finest, most exciting and respected designer makers.

Innovation, originality and quality are seen as integral elements of our work, and we believe that this is exactly what visitors to our website will find as they look through our pages.

We look for people who design and make original, beautiful, exciting, challenging works which can be decorative, functional or both.

We expect members to have a strong and innovative design sense with the skills, craftsmanship and sensitivity to materials to make the objects they design.

Free admission, £5 catalogue deductible from purchases over £25

10 am – 5 pm (10 am – 4 pm 21st July)

Demonstrations: 4 pm – 6pm

Private View Event: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Free tickets to members of the Worshipful Company of Turners to a private view event are available through the office.  Please contact the Clerk if you’d like to book.


Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL), 16 John Islip St, Westminster, London SW1P 4JU, UK (map)


About Designer Crafts

A note from the Chair:

It is 130 Years since the Society’s very first exhibition, (then as the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society), which took place in 1888 at the New Gallery, Regent Street, London.

The aims and objectives of the Society remain the same today and we are proud to say that exhibiting the work of our members remains one of our main objectives.

This year also sees another change, the launch of the Society’s new website to coincide with the exhibition, and which like the exhibition has been made possible by the dedicated work of volunteers from the membership.

Within the exhibition you will see work of fine, hand-made and skilled craftsmanship of a selected group of Fellows, Members and Licentiates in a variety of crafts such as ceramics, glass, metal, furniture, jewellery, metalwork, wood, textiles, book arts and mixed media. We are also pleased to have a small number of selected New Licentiates, (recent graduates), who are an important part of the Society’s continued development and whose fresh new ideas we welcome.

The exhibition is in two parts across two galleries, the main showcase exhibition and our now famous ‘Shop within the Show’, so make sure you do not miss anything.

As always there is something for everyone, whether thought-provoking, simply to enjoy and admire, or to take home to cherish.

We do hope you will visit and enjoy.

Christine Dove


Joey receives the QEST Award

Patricia Spero WCT feature

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