Contemporary Craftsmanship: the finalists for the LOEWE Craft Prize 2022

Marianne Huotari-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists-detail

Contemporary Craftsmanship: the finalists for the LOEWE Craft Prize 2022

If you are curious about skilled craftsmanship and the countless ways by which it shapes and transforms matter, then we deem you’ll appreciate the entries we have selected among the 30 finalists for the renowned Loewe Craft Prize that, each year, celebrates the excellence of the world’s best craftsmen and craftswomen.
The Loewe Foundation announced the 30 finalists of the international annual LOEWE Craft Prize, which showcases and celebrates newness, excellence, and artistic merit in contemporary high craftsmanship.
The works submitted were over 3100 from 116 countries and regions around the world.
Among the most surprising of the selected works, we find a basket made by weaving horsehair, a paper bench, a textile work created by sewing together hundreds of zippers.
The overall winner will be announced on June 30 in Seoul, followed by an exhibition of all shortlisted works at the Seoul Museum of Craft Art opening on July 1.

Annika Jarring-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists

Annika Jarring has used a bold glass working technique she developed to create this piece. Taking inspiration from the Han Dynasty jade burial suits, 392 small rectangular clear glass panels have been strung together using black silicone bands.


AwarΓÇÜ (Sylvia E. and Jerome P.)Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists

Awaré has created a carved wooden receptacle and encased it with thin silk threads. The threads are bonded to the wood with a hot iron and brushed with ink to create a texture that refers to the layers of the earth in different geological periods.


Blast Studio-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists

Blast Studio’s work focuses on the issue of sustainability. The artificial tree has been 3D printed using pulp from used takeaway coffee cups.

 

Dahye Jeong-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists

Dahye Jeong. Delicate yet solid, this basket is woven out with fine horsehair.
The technique takes up a technique of the Korean Joseon dynasty traditionally used for the production of hats.


 

 

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Domingos Tótora.This sculpture shows a long-term commitment to sustainability, deeply rooted in the artist’s community in Brazil. Recalling the local tradition of building houses using mud and water, the vessel has been made by mixing discarded cardboard with water to create a pulp which is then dried in the sun.


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Eleanor Lakelin. Created from hollowed-out burred British sequoia, this vessel has been sandblasted to reveal the denser winter wood and flashes of yellow sapwood from beneath lighter summerwood.


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Julia Obermaier. Unlike in conventional jewelry pieces where the stone compliments the precious metals that form the structural support, in this piece by Julia Obermaier thin slices of gemstones, joined together using colored resin, have been used to create the entire brooch.


Junsu Kim-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists

Junsu Kim-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists-detail

Junsu Kim. Tiny strips of leather have been freehand coiled to build this tactile and elegant vessel. Created without the use of a mold, the variation in the width of the strips creates a layered surface with different shades.


Lu Bin-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists-detail

Lu Bin. Finely crafted and expertly executed, this work combines 18 individual pieces created using the traditional Yixing clay slab technique. The work shows both enjoyment and mastery of the ceramic process.


 

Marianne Huotari-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists

Referencing traditional Finnish ryijy tapestries, Marianne Huotari updated the art form by using pottery instead of wool. Each tiny fragment of clay has been glazed and fired before being sewn onto a metal base. (above and cover image).


Pao Hui Kao-Loewe-Craft-Prize-2022-finalists

Pao Hui Kao-Loewe-Craft-prize-2022-finalists-detail

Pao Hui Kao. This bench has pushed the fragile rice paper to its extreme possibilities to shape a bench. Using urushi lacquer – traditionally used in Japanese woodworking – the paper was rolled and then treated to strengthen it.


 

Peter T McCarthy-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-finalists

Peter T. McCarthy. Hundreds of colored zippers have been stitched together and then sewn into a large cloth that draws on the checked motif typical of the traditional Kenté or Kita cloth made by the Akan peoples in West Africa. These zippers were part of a donation of unwanted sewing materials and the work speaks of dying local traditions in the wake of globalism.


Soyun Jung-Loewe-craft-prize-2022-detail

Soyun Jung. This great textile work has been created with a monofilament that has been carefully sewn onto sheets of water-soluble fabrics. Jung has layered the thread to create the outlines of a delicate and ethereal landscape and then submerged the fabric in water, leaving only the threads behind.

 LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2022
The overall winner will be announced on June 30 in Seoul, followed by an exhibition of all shortlisted works at the Seoul Museum of Craft Art opening on July 1, 2022.

Pictures courtesy of Loewe Foundation – craftprize.loewe.com

 


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