Welcome to the Ken Stradling Collection Blog.
This is an extraordinary collection of design and applied arts amassed by Ken Stradling over more than 60 years as a retailer and patron. From 1948 to the present, Ken has been involved in the selection of products for the well known design store the Bristol Guild of Applied Arts. His knowledge, his friendship with so many designers and makers and taste has been a central to the success of the Guild. Throughout all that time, Ken has acquired pieces for himself – firstly to furnish a home and latterly more consciously as a collector and patron. The resulting collection is unique in the way that it reflects the broad nature of Ken’s experience and knowledge of the field. Studio pottery sits alongside fine pieces from major manufacturers such as Rosenthal or Arabia – steel sits alongside glass and oak alongside plywood. It accurately reflects the changing face of design and the applied arts as seen by one dedicated individual with a keen eye.
A charitable trust was set up in 2007 and the Collection now has its own building in Park Row, Bristol. For more information click here to go to our website.