London Craft Week: BCB Award winner Tana West exhibits (UN)WOVEN at Material Lab

Following our support of last year’s British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), we’re once again teaming up with the festival to showcase the award-winning work of Tana West. ​​​​​

From 9 May – 7 June 2018, Material Lab will play host to the esteemed installation (UN)WOVEN by the winner of BCB’s AWARD, Tana West, in our collaborative exhibition with the British Ceramics Biennial.

Held during London Craft Week, the leading materials library will provide the perfect backdrop to West’s dramatic work, which comprises an ongoing investigation into the barriers and divisions across Europe, both real and perceived, and what this means in the context of Brexit.

The installation, which features two works; 'Pavers' and 'Hard Border', contains clay-like soil sent from across Europe.

To coincide with the exhibition, announcements will be made on new and exciting developments for the upcoming headline AWARD at the BCB in 2019 – marking a decade of support for the growing and dynamic UK ceramics sector.


(UN)WOVEN by Tana West (Photo: Joel Chester Fildes)

“Both London Craft Week and the British Ceramics Biennial provide fantastic platforms for showcasing the wealth of rising talent from the burgeoning UK ceramics industry”, says our Creative Director, Darren Clanford.

“As a British manufacturer of ceramic tiles, we’ve long been dedicated to supporting and nurturing designers and makers operating in this medium through championing their work at every opportunity.

“This is also embedded into the ethos of our London-based studio and materials library, Material Lab, which exists to celebrate up-and-coming and established creators alike. We’re honoured to be showcasing the work of Tana West, an artist that we greatly admire.”


(UN)WOVEN by Tana West (Photo: Joel Chester Fildes)

Barney Hare Duke, Artistic Director at British Ceramics Biennial, added: “We are delighted to be able to join with Johnson Tiles in presenting Tana West’s piece (UN)WOVEN as part of the prestigious London Craft Week.

“Large scale, finely worked and engineered with an intensity of purpose (UN)WOVEN explores the power of ceramic material to carry meaning and provoke thinking. This exhibition gives London audiences a great opportunity to see and hear about Tana’s work.

“Both Tana and Johnson Tiles are to be congratulated for the inspiration and support that they have given to the pursuit of excellence and innovation in the contemporary ceramics sector.”

To mark the opening of (UN)WOVEN at Material Lab, a launch event will take place on 10 May 2018 from 6-8pm featuring an artist talk with Tana West. Free tickets are available to book via Eventbrite.