Ceramics have always been the strongest hand of the Craft Council's annual Collect fair in London. The 11th edition, opening to the public at the Saatchi Gallery tomorrow, will showcase 37 galleries and their 'collectible contemporary objects', with ceramics again definitely at the fore.
There's a particularly strong showing from Asian galleries including the LVS gallery from South Korea and Yufuku gallery from Japan. The Ippodo gallery, also from Japan but with an outpost in New York, is bringing work from a group of what it calls 'Surjanponisme' ceramicists, offering a contemporary take on traditional Japanese crafts or kogei. And Asian ceramicists are well represented in other galleries, including UK-based Adrian Sassoon and Flow.
Other standouts included Richard Slee's collection on the theme of municipal parks from the National Glass Centre and Joanna Bird Gallery's presentation of work by the modernist sculptor Ruth Duckworth. Also look out for David Taylor's 'mixed media' work at Sebastian Schildt gallery; Nicholas Marischael's metalwork for the French Craft Project; and contemporary cabinet making from Laszlo Beckett at TygerGlyn.