London Craft Week runs from 3-7 May at haberdasheries, craft hubs and designer-maker studios across London. The Resident picks out 5 ways to get crafty in and around Greenwich & Blackheath, both during London Craft Week and the whole year round…
Words: Trish Lesslie
1 Craft LONDON, Greenwich Peninsula
Craft London restaurant on Greenwich Peninsula is hosting a Wood and Food Workshop on 7 May for London Craft Week. Critically acclaimed British chef Stevie Parle will team up with Barn The Spoon, normally found whittling in his shop on Hackney Road, and Robin Wood MBE, maker of artisanal bowls. The three will come together for a one-off evening hosted at the elegant Tom Dixon-designed restaurant to celebrate wood and its versatility. Guests will have the opportunity to watch Barn The Spoon carving wooden spoons directly from a log, while Robin Wood carves a bowl and Stevie Parle and his team create a five-course menu cooked over wood without the use of electricity or gas. £100 per person including a hand crafted bowl and spoon to take home.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0SQ. For tickets see craft-london.co.uk or call 020 8465 5910
2 Crimson & Clover, Hither Green
Head to Hither Green for vintage collectables, textiles and homeware at the recently opened Crimson & Clover. Offering work from local artists and designers – including founder Donna Read’s own textile creations – you’ll find antiques, garden collectables, gifts, cards, wrapping paper and much more. Donna also runs regular workshops such as lino printing and lampshade making. See
the website for details.
10 Staplehurst Road, Hither Green SE13 5NB; donnareadtextiles.com
3 Craft & Design Month at Greenwich Market
As well as London Craft Week, May is also Craft & Design Month. In celebration, Greenwich Market is hosting a four-day bank holiday weekend Craftisan event with workshops, the chance to meet-the-makers and pop-up shops from 27-30 May. On Wednesday 4 May there is also the Market Mums event, with GreenwichMums hosting their own mini market. Look out too for crafty half-term workshops for kids running from 30 May until 3 June.
4 Cockpit Arts, Deptford
The UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, Cockpit Arts houses up to 170 small businesses at its centres in Deptford and Holborn. You can arrange a private shopping tour around the studios to meet a wide range of designer-makers including Lorna Syson who creates beautiful fabrics and homewares like the Bloom collection pictured below.
18-22 Creekside SE8 3DZ; 020 8692 4463; cockpitarts.com
5 Maze Hill Pottery, Maze Hill
Maze Hill Pottery has been running weekly evening classes for the past 20 years, giving local residents the chance to learn pottery in a professional working studio environment. There are eight potters’ wheels – one for each student – and full-time professional potters teaching a variety of techniques to help you produce well-made wares.
The Old Ticket Office, Woodlands Park Road SE10 9XE; 020 8293 0048; mazehillpottery.co.uk