Out of 30 finalists, Jennifer Lee has been selected as the winner of the 2018 LOEWE Craft Prize. Now the 2018 edition of the award’s exhibition is open at the Design Museum in London, displaying of some of the finest Contemporary craftsmanship. The international annual awarding body was launched by the Loewe Foundation in 2016 to “showcase and celebrate newness, excellence and artistic merit in modern craftsmanship,” the museum says.
A distinguished panel of members from the worlds of design architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship, together selected Lee as the winner of the event's 2018 prize. Her works “Speckled Traces,” “Fading Ellipse,” “Bronze Specks” and “Tilted Shelf” are on display alongside the other 30 finalists’ incredible works until June 17, 2018.
Referring to the classicism and timelessness of the works, Loewe creative director, Jonathan Anderson, commented, "Jennifer Lee for me is a landmark in form." Along with Lee, the jury has given two special mentions — one to French textile artist, Simone Pheulpin, for her work "Croissance XL" (XL Growth) (2017), and Japanese potter Takuro Kuwata for his work "Tea Bowl (2017)”. The jury commented that Pheulpin "is redefining what we think of as textiles. She has elevated humble recycled materials into something truly remarkable.” On Kuwata's "Tea Bowl," the jury said, “He transgresses the typical tradition of ceramics while pointing a new way forward.”
Ernst Gamperl, jury member and winner of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2017, commented that, “the whole exhibition looks absolutely beautiful. We had a rich and fruitful discussion until the very last second, the quality of entries across the board was exceptional.”
Rosy Greenlees, President of the World Crafts Council commented that, "the quality and the diversity of the work was phenomenal. As always in these matters, it was an extremely difficult decision as we had an incredible variety of works across all categories. We all agreed on the final choice as being a wonderful expression of the best of craft.”
On display until mid-June, the "Loewe Craft Prize" happily coincides with the London Craft Week programme. “Spanning ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, glass, metalwork, furniture, papercraft and lacquer, the works function as a multigenerational snapshot of the utmost excellence in craft today,” says the LOEWE Foundation.
The presentation will take place from 4 May through 17 June 2018 at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG, UK.
For details, visit www.loewecraftprize.com.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artworks.