From 9 to 12 May in London Craft Week 2019, don’t forget to visit the Open Studio of the event called “Porcelain Worlds: Behind the Scenes in a Globe Maker’s Studio” where you will be able to discover new art pieces still in progress. In the first day of the art fair, 8 May, you will also be able to attend an exclusive workshop to bring to life your own unique engraved and decorated porcelain globe with the help of the artist, ceramicist and cartographer Loraine Rutt.
Starting with a 75mm blank globe, guests will be taught how to design and finish their own art piece, learning how to ‘fettle’, ‘scribe’ and paint with ceramic oxides to create a sophisticated masterpiece. The precious and carefully adorned globes will then be carefully dried and fired and gifted to its makers.
You will also have the chance to visit the atmospheric railway arch studio and globe emporium of Loraine Rutt, the Little Globe Co. There, you can explore the intricate world of ceramic map-making and get a glimpse into how globes are made, discovering the “behind the scenes”.
The remarkable map lover Loraine filled her studio with an incredible collection of vintage globes. Combining cartography with traditional ceramic techniques, her fascinating limited-edition globes and wall reliefs are inspired by satellite data, astronaut observations, historic cartography and social research.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to preview new works in progress, including 50th anniversary edition Lunar Landing Globes for Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden. Recent commissions include a special edition for Linley, a bespoke pocket globe for The Royal Observatory and another for the permanent collection of The National Maritime Museum. An illuminated set of Peckham Postcards tracing the lost River Peck is currently on loan to The Museum of London for the Secret Rivers exhibition.
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