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Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture
Written by Ashley Howard

On February 10th this year 318 Ceramics and the Crafts Study Centre hosted the annual Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture. We were very honoured to have Sir Christopher Frayling deliver this year’s lecture. This was the third in the series. The first lecture was given by Professor Simon Olding and the second by Alison Britton.     

Sir Christopher’s title was “Craft, a word to start an argument…’ he took a packed theatre on a journey through, largely nineteenth and twentieth century history up to the present day charting the perception of the word craft in society.


He cleverly expanded the lexicon of terms used to unpick and define the subject leaving his audience with plenty to think about and challenge themselves with regarding context and position of practice. He also drew attention to the education of crafts.

While there maybe wider concerns surrounding this aspect, his lecture endorsed the local culture of Farnham as a Craft Town and how we are all in a position of responsibility to lead a new way forward.  

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1 response to "Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture"
Katherine E. W. Mason says:
29 February 2016 at 17:50
Such an inspiring talk, we have such a wealth of creative talent, The value of making things is under estimated, these skills must continue to be taught, in schools and college and places like 318 Ceramics and West Street Potters People that connect with the making process, gain a whole host of benefits understanding materials dexterity and aesthetics.
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