Cockpit makers at Collect 2023


Collect art fair returns to Somerset House from 3–5 March

Known for showcasing the very best in contemporary craft and design, Collect is a unique opportunity for both collectors and craft lovers to see works from 400 makers at the top of their game.

We’re so proud to have 15 Cockpit makers in the mix, from craft titans like Lucille Lewin and Richard McVetis to dazzling newcomers Dalia James and Archana Pathak.

Read on to see the makers representing Cockpit as a centre of international craft excellence.

Darren Appiagyei in his studio. Photo by Gareth Hacker

This year, New Craftsmen will relaunch with ‘Grown in Britain’ featuring 19 makers including Cockpit’s Darren Appiagyei and Eleanor Lakelin. The show encapsulates a biophilic interior landscape, telling a story of place through works made of regionally grown materials and a shared sensibility that binds us all to the natural landscape of the British Isles.

Joy Bonfield Colombara’s Deconstructed Yellow Gold Ring

QEST are exhibiting jewellery for the first time this year, with beautifully striking pieces by Cockpit makers Joy Bonfield-Colombara and Jacqueline Cullen. “Our stand will feature makers whose work highlights the beauty and fragility of natural materials, such as Patrizia Sascor’s elegant woven vessels.”

Archana Pathak, Reimagined Landscapes, 2022. Photo by Adele Annett

Archana Pathak, who joined Cockpit in January 2023, will be showing with Ruup&Form Gallery alongside Richard McVetis. The gallery’s ‘In Quest for Harmony’ exhibit will delve into the many facets of emotional upheavals, political and social turbulence – and the artists’ search for equilibrium through their medium.

Michèle Oberdieck Fantasy Plant I

Michèle Oberdieck has been selected for Collect Open, the fair’s platform for pioneering, thought-provoking installations, and said “I’m excited to be unveiling an installation of new glass works for my ‘Fantasy Plant’ project. This installation will be pushing my practice into a new area.”

Dalia James in her studio

Cavaliero Finn Gallery will be showcasing new work from 13 artists including one-off pieces by weaver Dalia James, who was awarded a place at Cockpit last September.

Lucille Lewin, Cloud Notes, The Time Between Time Series. Photo by the artist

Joanna Bird Gallery will celebrate their twentieth year exhibiting at Collect, and will be showing work by Cockpit ceramicists Lucille Lewin and Matthew Warner.

Adele Brereton, Eroding Sphere. Photo by Michael Harvey

The Goldsmiths Company is showing work by Joy Bonfield-Colombara and Adele Brereton, whose practice evolves through collecting discarded fragments of objects that reference both her surrounding environment and London’s industrial past.

Carl Fox, As the fog rolls in, 2022. Photo by the artist

Contemporary Applied Arts will be showing Carl Fox’s recent works inspired by the Japanese term ‘komorebi,’ which roughly translates to ‘applied sunlight that shines through the trees onto the forest floor.’


Katrin Spranger, Aquatopia Water Fountain, 2023. Photo by Will Cooper

Katrin Spranger will show her Aquatopia Water Fountain with North Lands Creative. This work takes a critical view of our freshwater supplies, its increasing demand and issues surrounding pollution. While the UK is known for its rainy weather, we don’t always recognise the urgency to consider our water consumption.


Tessa Eastman with a selection of works. Photo by Juliet Sheath

Tessa Eastman is exhibiting ceramics with Beirut’s Pik’d, which was founded by Randa Missir in 2018, and specialises in international and Lebanese ceramic and glass art.