Make Your Future - BA Ceramic Design

Photo of a set of tiles with drawings of faces engraved into them

07 Aug - 08 Sep 2017

For the past year, the staff and students of BA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins have been working with five local schools, as part of the Crafts Council’s Make Your Future programme, to ignite and inspire young people with the power of making. From traditional hand-building to cutting-edge digital processes, their workshops injected making and mess into the schoolroom, introducing the participants to the world of clay.
This exhibition presents a selection of the achievements of those young students, the makers of the future.

Make Your Future is a Crafts Council project that aims to reignite a passion for making in schools by creating opportunities for students and teachers to learn new traditional and digital craft skills.

The project is creating networks that bring together Higher Education Institutions, cultural partners, secondary schools, and makers to develop craft learning opportunities. By embracing new craft technologies the project shines a light on craft as a cross-curricular bridge which draws together science, technology, and creative subjects.

In all regions professional makers have worked alongside teachers to deliver cutting-edge workshops in schools. Makers have carried out audits of school equipment and supported teachers to put under-used resources to work and offer students new experiences of making.
The next two years will see up to 48 new schools in Leeds, London, and Birmingham take part in the project, as well as an additional cluster established. We hope that the networks and resources created through the project will help to re-establish craft and making as an essential part of secondary education in the UK.

With grateful thanks to John Lyon’s Charity for its support of Make Your Future in Greater London.