Apply for the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize
“Craft is always going to be modern. It’s about creating objects that have a formula of their own and speak their own language, creating a dialogue that didn’t exist before.” - Jonathan Anderson
“Even making a simple object can also be an expression of extreme skills, and also have a lot to say,” muses writer Deyan Sudjic on the topic of craft and emotion. Sudjic is on a team of jury members who have picked the shortlist for the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize in the past, and now, applications are open for the 2023 edition until 25 October.
This is the sixth iteration of the prize, and it aims to uncover unique talents of the industry who are carving a path for the future of craft. Past winners include self-taught wood artist Ernst Gamperl and Scottish potter Jennifer Lee. In addition to the 50,000 euro prize on offer, there is a globally renowned exhibition for the winner and the shortlisted artists that has previously taken place in locations including Tokyo, Seoul and London. For 2023, the exhibition will take place in New York in the Spring.
Crafts can range from book binding, metalwork, glass art, monofilament, rock crystal, resin, bamboo and more. Across the years, the shortlist spanned work that is humorous to poetic.
“Craft is always going to be modern,” says Loewe creative director and jury member Jonathan Anderson, “it’s about creating objects that have a formula of their own and speak their own language, creating a dialogue that didn’t exist before.” This formula was seen in last year’s winners work, artist Dahye Jeong who uses a 500-year old hat-making Korean technique to create works – baskets and vessels using horsehair – a clear example of giving a traditional technique a contemporary flair.