Meet the Selection Committee

ND Selects (Previously One Year In) is a curated space at New Designers dedicated to shining a light on new businesses in the design industry.

Each exhibitor is hand-selected by a panel of industry experts for their innovative designs.

Meet the esteemed committee members behind this year’s selection process:


Mitch Pilkington

Ceramic Artist

Mitch is a Devon based ceramic artist. She studied ceramic design at Falmouth School of Art and Design and recently gained an MA Fine Art (Ceramics) at Bath School of Art and Design. She was selected by the Craft Council for their 2019 Hothouse Programme and was awarded ‘Rising Star 2019’ by the New Ashgate Gallery.

She is a selected member of The Craft Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts. Mitch is represented by galleries throughout the UK and sells her work internationally. Mitch has shown her work at Ceramic Art London and Collect.

She has been featured in publications, including, Ceramic Review and Ceramics Monthly. She is an advocate for empowering new ceramicists and mentors emerging makers.

Mitch creates sculptures which are hand-formed and intuitive in their construction. Each piece is an emotional response to the clay. “I like to embrace the rhythmic, meditative and mindful processes, with each piece imbued with a sense of calm, serenity and connection.” 


Jacob Monk

Textile Artist

Jacob Monk is a hand-weaver and textile artist, having trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. He now works from his studio is South East London.

Influenced by the ancient technique of ikat – the process of creating a pattern by binding and dyeing the warp yarns before weaving.

Jacob uses a range of rich and vibrant colours in different proportions, often inspired by nature, such as tropical plants and exotic birds. He combines ikat with other dip dyeing techniques to produce something truly original. Creating the design this way shows a sense of sporadic movement as colours change, giving the finished piece a hand-painted look.

Celebrating the history and craftsmanship that goes into making an ikat fabric whilst also breaking away from tradition to give a fresh and contemporary look. The finished product is framed for display in domestic and public spaces.


Chris Oliver

Goldsmiths’ Centre

Since joining the Goldsmiths’ Centre to lead the Professional Training team, Chris has overseen the evolution of its Foundation Programme as a gateway to the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Apprenticeship scheme, and employment within the industry. Alongside the technical skills training Chris has worked in helping establish the Goldsmiths’ Centre as a hub for emerging makers and businesses through the delivery of programmes such as Getting Started and the provision of training grants and building relationships with collaborative partners to further the work of the Centre. In addition to the work of the Centre Chris also sits on the National Association of Jewellers National Committee.


Madeleine Furness

Cockpit Studios

A trained coach, Madeleine plans and delivers the business development programmes and provides one-to-one coaching for studio holders at Cockpit Studios. Madeleine has previously supported over 200 makers on their creative and professional development at the Crafts Council where she was also responsible for their retail showcase development and exhibition sales. Madeleine has worked in jewellery retail and galleries and has a degree in Jewellery from Middlesex University.


Becky Knott


Becky Knott is Curator of Metalwork, 1900-Now at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She was previously Lead Curator of V&A East Storehouse, a new research and collections centre in Hackney Wick which will open to the public Easter 2025. Becky has also worked at the British Museum and the Bowes Museum, County Durham, and is passionate about contemporary craft and design.

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