The Crafts Study Centre
Research at UCA
Our Crafts Study Centre (CSC) is a world-renowned crafts research hub and museum of contemporary craft led by Professor Simon Olding.
An invaluable resource centre for craft practitioners, historians and theorists, the CSC is home to a unique collection of over 30,000 modern British craft artefacts, including calligraphy, ceramics, furniture, wood and textiles.
In this project, Professor Simon Olding made a new study of the life and work of the pioneer studio potter Bernard Leach. Based on critical readings of newly discovered archives and collections, and set in the context of Leach's practice and thinking in St Ives and Japan, the project culminated in Olding editing a peer-reviewed book and curating parallel exhibitions at the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art in Japan.