Ketel One Vodka and Sarabande Foundation, the charity established by Lee Alexander McQueen to support the most visionary creatives of the future, are teaming up once again for the Ketel One Commission, and just in time for London Craft Week. The commission sees two Sarabande artists create unique pieces in response to a trip to the Nolet distillery in Schiedam and the Ketel One principles of heritage and craft.

Jewellery maker Esna Su has created a sculptural piece based on wheat, in a nod to the ingredient that forms the base of the vodka. Using traditional Turkish techniques, she’s crafted eleven copper stems, to symbolise the eleven generations of the Nolet family passing down knowledge, with 327 porcelain wheat grains to mark the number of years since the distillery started. Artist Castro Smith has made a vessel using different disciplines, including engraving and hammer raising, to reflect the varied techniques that go into vodka production. The piece itself is a celebration of craft and it represents the commitment to craft that the Nolet family shares.

Both works will be on display in the A Ketel Boiling With Ideas exhibition at Sarabande Foundation, alongside replicas of the artists’ studios so you can see the journey the pieces have been on. It’s totally FREE to attend, just book yourself a slot.

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Weds 8th – Fri 10th May 2019, 10am – 6pm
Sat 11th & Sun 12th May 2019, 12pm – 4pm
Sarabande Foundation, 22 Hertford Road, London, N1 5SH