Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts

Project Studios A and B

The Button Project

24 March – 3 June 2018

The Button Project is an ongoing experiment in curating and creative collaboration. It began when writer and curator Jo Dahn sent a message to ceramics practitioners, asking them to make a button and post it to her:

I’m planning an exhibition and I’d like to invite you to make me a button (or buttons) for inclusion. Buttons can be any size and as simple or as complicated as you like, but each should have at least two holes in it, or a closed loop on the reverse – so that in theory it could function as buttons generally do…

In this exhibition viewers can see the buttons that have arrived so far; currently there are 700+. Although the majority are from Britain, buttons have been sent from many other parts of the world: including Australia, Brazil, Mexico, France, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, the USA, China and Thailand.  There is no selection process – everything is shown – and the exhibition includes buttons made by children as well as buttons made by well-known ceramicists. The Button Project was conceived as an open-ended event and buttons continue to arrive.