The Power of Tin Draws Royalty to Havant

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Havant based charity Making Space enjoyed a royal reunion as HRH The Princess Royal visited the bespoke craft venue on January 18th.

The Princess Royal officially opened Making Space in 2007, and kindly accepted an invitation to return as celebrations for their tenth anniversary came to an exciting finale, with a charity exhibition and auction event entitled The Power of Tin.

In the afternoon The Princess Royal was shown round the bespoke studio complex and met with studio tenants; Kathryn Green, Richard Walker and Agata Wojcieszkiewicz. She also met with Making Space tutors and class and project participants and enjoyed a variety of work, which was on display.

For an added sense of occasion, local jeweller Sarah Macrae was commissioned to make a second piece for The Princess Royal, having gifted her a penannular brooch ten years previously. Sarah designed and made a stunning brooch inspired by Tin. Using a piece of cassiterite crystal (tin ore) extracted from the Poldory Mine in Cornwall set in silver, etched with words significant to tin. The brooch was presented to her by one of Making Space’s young designers, Isobel Haly.

In addition to the community display the ceramics studio had been transformed into an exhibition space. Inspired by tin being the gift traditionally given on tenth anniversaries, the Making Space team invited makers from across the country to donate original pieces of art that responded to the theme of tin. 28 individual pieces were submitted by professional makers, including celebrated local artists such as Southsea-based and internationally renowned artist My Dog Sighs.

These pieces, in addition to a ‘tenth tin’, a collection of 10 donated prizes, were auctioned off at a gala ceremony in the evening to raise funds for Making Space and Rowans Hospice. The auction was coordinated by Susan Orringe, an experienced auctioneer who would be familiar to many from her work on TV programmes such as Flog It! and Bargain Hunt.

Making Space’s Director, Lynne Dick said, “We are delighted that The Princess Royal agreed to attend Making Space a decade after her first visit. The fact that she and fantastic artists were willing to give up their time to contribute to our celebrations is a fantastic recognition that our aim to raise the profile of craft has been successful, and here’s to another decade of creativity!”

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