Wednesday 6th February

| BY Paul Toner

Loewe Reveal The 29 Finalists For Their Annual Craft Prize

Elke Sada

‘Eolophus (Hallstattpiece)’ by Elke Sada

“See me with them hands,” Tatianna recited on RuPaul’s Drag Race in her now iconic spoken word piece. Was she talking about a craft? In a way, yes. But since then, The Same Parts became our anthem of craftsmanship. And it’s now time to put it on blast again, as it’s time for the Loewe Craft Prize. The Spanish heritage brand has took a rather hands-on approach to discovering worldwide talent, with Creative Director Jonathan Anderson launching the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize back in 2016. Since then, the yearly award has been acknowledging “the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognise working artists whose talent, vision and will to innovate promise to set a new standard for the future.”

For the third instalment of the annual prize, Loewe has just announced their 29 shortlisted finalists which were whittled down from 2,684 applications. Surely a few helping hands were needed to make that decision… A crafty bunch of leading figures within the design realm makes up the eleven strong judging jury, including last year’s winner Jennifer Lee, whose intricate stoneware clay creation Pale, Shadowed Speckled Traces, Fading Ellipse, Bronze Specks, Tilted Shelf cemented its way into last year’s judge’s hearts and on top of their scoreboard. Some of this year’s finalists include a glass and concrete sculpture by Harry Morgan, tiered jewellery by Heeseung Koh, as well as Elke Sada’s glazed ceramic vessel.

This year’s winner will be announced on June 25th at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden, at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo, where each of the finalist’s work will be exhibited. Did we mention a cash prize of 50,000 Euros up for grabs? That’s more than just a handful of cash…

The winner of the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize will be revealed June 25 2019 at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden, at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo.

Harry Morgan

‘Untitled’ from Dichotomy Series’ by Harry Morgan 

Heeseung Koh

‘A regular sign’ by Heeseung Koh