Curriculum Vitae

Websites

https://louisehibbert.com/
www.louisehibbert.etsy.com
www.cawdaw.etsy.com
www.louiseandsarah.com

Qualifications

1991-94BA (Hons) University of Brighton, England (Wood/Metal/Ceramics/Plastics)

Selected Exhibitions

2020Wizardry in Wood, Worshipful Company of Turners, London
2019Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llanrwst, Wales
2018
2018
2018

Clay Barn Winter Exhibition, Red Hill, England
100th Anniversary of the Armistice, Worshipful Company of Turners, London
Turnabout: Women at the Lathe, Appalatian Center for Craft gallery, Tennessee, AAW Gallery, St. Paul & Arrowmont, Tennessee, USA
2016
2016
Wizardry in Wood, Worshipful Company of Turners, London
Brick by Brick, World Wood Day, Kathmandu, Nepal
2015
2015
2015

Welsh Collection II, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
Naturally Inspired, Clay Barn, Redhill, England
Collect: The International Craft Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
2014
2012—14
2014
2014
Is it Wood?, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales
MADELondon, London, England
West Dean Design and Craft Fair featuring MADE, West Dean College, England
Harmony, World Wood Day Symposium, Xianyou, China
2013
2013
2013
2013
2013
Woods at Work, Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin, Ireland
Handmade in Britain, London, England
SOFA, Chicago, USA
Working Wood, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, England
Fiveways, Brighton Festival, Brighton, England
2012
2010—12

2012
2010—12
2012
MADE12, Brighton, England
Boxes and Their Makers, Messler Gallery, Rockport, ME, USA; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, USA and touring
Natural Mix, Clay Barn, Redhill, England
The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon, England
Beyond Containment, AAW Symposium San Jose, CA, USA
2010—11
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
Made by Hand, Tredegar House, Newport, Wales
The World Turns: AAW @ 25, SOFA, Chicago, USA
Made11, Brighton, England
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester, England
Inside & Outside the Box, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2010
2010
2010
2010
Origin, Spitalfields Market, London
The Color of Wood, Habatat Gallery, Washington DC, USA
Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show, PA, USA
Phyla, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, CA, USA
2009
2009
2009
2009
2009
33rd Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Flora and Fauna, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Spindle, 23rd AAW Symposium, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC, USA
Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2008
2008
2008
2008
2008
2008
In the Palm of Your Hands, Messler Gallery, Rockport, ME
Collectors of Wood Art Exhibit, SOFA, Chicago, IL
SOFA, with del Mano Gallery, Chicago IL
New Masters of Woodturning, Nina Bliese Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Wood Takes Root, St. George Art Museum, North St. George, UT
Resident Artist exhibit, 22nd AAW Symposium, Richmond, VA
2007
2007
2007
2002—07
1998—07
2005—07

Not the Same Old Grind, Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli, PA
Man Made: In the Natural World, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Coming of Age, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA
Featured Artist (del Mano), SOFA, New York, NY
Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Connections: International Turning Exchange 1995-2005, Phillip and Muriel Berman Museum, PA. and travelling
2005—06SOFA (del Mano), Chicago, IL
2004—05
2005
2005
2005
Craft & Design Show, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Genus Australis, touring various venues, Australia
Hot Tea 2002, del Mano Gallery, LA, USA
Collect, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
2004
2004
2001—04
Genus Australis, Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, England
Genus Australis, Kew Gardens, London, England
Challenge VI, touring various Museums in the USA
1999—03
2003
2003
2003
2003
Chelsea Craft Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
Plankton, Model House Gallery, Llantrisant, Wales
Plankton, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, England
Plankton, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Plankton, Craftwest, Perth, Australia
1999—02
2002
2002
2002
2002
2002
2002
SOFA (del Mano), Chicago, IL, USA
Plankton (Crafts Council), V&A, London, England
Colors; Materials-Contemporary Illusions, Brookfield Craft Center, Connecticut, USA
Turned Wood, del Mano Gallery, LA, USA
Designing Futures, Craftwest, Perth, Australia
Hot Tea 2002, del Mano Gallery, LA, USA
Plankton, World Conference on Phytoplankton Productivity, Bangor, Wales
2001
2001
2001
allTURNatives, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, USA
Craft Focus, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Wales
Fiveways Open Houses, Brighton Festival, Brighton, England
2000
2000
2000
The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection, Detroit Institute of Arts
Horizons, Brookfield Craft Center, Connecticut, USA
Hot Tea, Del Mano Gallery, LA, USA
1999
1999
1999
1999
National Eisteddfod of Wales, Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Wales
Art in Action, Oxford, England
LIGNA, Hanover, Germany
SOFA (del Mano), New York, USA
1998
1996—1998
Artisan, Edinburgh Festival of Contemporary Craft, Edinburgh I.C.C.
Fiveways Open Houses, Brighton Festival, Brighton, England
1997
1997

Chelsea Craft Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, England
Turned for Use (AAW), San Antonio Museum of Art, USA & North Carolina State University Craft Center, Raleigh, USA
1996
1996
Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London, England
Wood and Clay, European Ceramics, Knaresborough, Yorks, England
1995
1995
1995
Chelsea Craft Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, England
San Francisco Int. Gift Fair, Moscone Center, San Francisco, USA
New York International Gift Fair, Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, USA

Bibliography

  • Intersection: Art and Life, Kevin Wallace, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2018
  • Amercian Woodturner, ‘Turnabout – Women at the Lathe’, Aug 2018 vol 33 no 4
  • Financial Times online, ‘How to Spend it – Wizardry in Wood Opens in London’, Oct 2016
  • Woodturning, Featured Artist, ‘Louise Hibbert- Macrodontia Box II’, Sept 2015 issue 283
  • Amercian Woodturner, Texture as an Element in Woodturning Design, Tania Radda, Dec 2013 vol 28, no 6
  • Artizen, ‘Jewelry by Louise and Sarah’, Cindy Marks, issue April 2013
  • A Gathering of Spoons, Norman D. Stevens, Linden Publishing, 2012
  • Latest 7, ‘Match Made’ Nov 2012
  • New Masters of the Wooden Box, Oscar Fitzgerald, Fox Chapel, 2009
  • New Masters of Woodturning, by Kevin Wallace and Terry Martin, Fox Chapel, 2008
  • Connections: International Turning Exchange 1995-2005, Wood Turning Center, 2005
  • Craft Arts International, ‘Genus Australis: bridging Science, Art and Ecology’ by Andrew Nicholls, issue 64, 2005
  • Resin Jewellery, Kathy Murphy, A&C Black, 2002
  • Crafts, ‘Fruits de Mer’, p.38-41, no. 178, Sept/Oct 2002
  • Nature, ‘Science in Culture’, p.920, Vol. 418 29 August 2002
  • Craft Arts International, ‘Manifesting the Invisible’ by Kevin Wallace, issue 55, 2002
  • Scratching the Surface: Art and Content in Contemporary Wood, Michael Hosaluk, 2002
  • Ideales Heim, ‘Aus dem Nixenreich’, p.22, June 2002
  • Woodturning Magazine, Front Cover & ‘Fair Exchange’, p.49-52, January 2002
  • Turning Points, ‘ITE Experience 2001 – Part Two’, p.18 – 29, fall 2001
  • Turning Points, ‘ITE 2001’, p.18-21, summer 2001
  • Challenge VI – Roots, M.Holtzapfel, R.Rice, CD.Tyler, Wood Turning Center, 2001
  • Crefft (Arts Council of Wales newsletter), Front Cover, Issue 98, March 2001
  • BBC Homes & Antiques, ‘Crafts Today’, p.72-73, March 2001
  • Crefft (Arts Council of Wales newsletter), Issue 97, ‘Breaking Barriers’, Dec. 2000
  • The Fine Art of Wood – The Bohlen Collection, Bonita Fike, Detroit Institute of Arts, 2000
  • Woodturning Magazine, ‘Scott and Hibbert’, p.72-76, April 2000,
  • Crefft (Arts Council of Wales newsletter), Issue 93, ‘Profile’, p.4, December 1999
  • Bowl Turning Techniques Masterclass, Tony Boase, GMC Publications 1999
  • Contemporary Turned Wood – New Designs in a Rich Tradition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, 1999
  • The Visit (National Eisteddfod of Wales), HTV programme, 8th August 1999

Awards/Grants

First prize Worshipful Company of Turners Open Themed Competition 2016
Arts Council of Wales Grant for Coleoptera – an exploration of beetle inspired boxes 2010
Grant from FORM, Australia to help develop the Genus Australis project, 2004
Grant from the Worshipful Company of Turners for Plankton Project, 2002
Welsh bursary for Plankton Project with Sarah Parker-Eaton, 2002
Arts Council of Wales grant to attend ‘Breaking Barriers’ Conference, Canada, 2000
£2000 Award at the National Eisteddfod of Wales 1999, Arts and Crafts Exhibition

Public/Private Collections

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, USA, 2001
Detroit Institute of Arts, USA, 2000
The Aldrich Collection, University of Brighton, 1994
Various private collections

Residencies and Collaborative Projects

Part of an International Collaborative Wood Project in Nepal, 2016

Part of an international sculpture project ‘Carving the Way to Harmony: International Wood Carvers Create a Collaborative Masterpiece’, China 2014

Part of an international sculpture project ‘Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall’ Carlow, Ireland 2013

Resident Artist as part of the ‘Ingrained’ project at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA in 2009

Resident Artist at the 2008 American Association of Woodturning Annual Conference, Richmond, VA

Designing Futures International Residency Programme 2003, one month residency in Perth, Western Australia organised by the FORM Gallery

International Woodturning Exchange 2001, two month programme in Philadelphia, organised by the Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, USA

Personal Statement

I have had a passion for the arts and crafts from a young child when I constantly painted, sketched and made things. As I grew older, although I also had a strong interest in biology, this creativity eventually led to a degree in 3D Design at Brighton University, UK in 1994, and a career as a professional designer / maker.

During my studies I worked in wood, metal, ceramics and plastics and it was at this time that I discovered that wood was a perfect medium for my designs. Although I am perhaps known for my use of colour and resin, wood remains my main material of choice and the lathe the best means of creating my forms. I chose to work in wood not because I was attracted to straight lines and joinery but rather because I could shape it into forms with flowing lines and crisp details. As a living material, wood has a warmth and tactile quality that resonates with my organic designs. It is important to me that people are able to have a sense of this when they interact with my pieces. My favourite timber is sycamore, a sustainable wood with a pale even grain and translucent quality that works well as a blank canvas for my designs.

All of my work begins with extensive visual research, sketching and a technical scaled drawing. Many of my pieces evolve from shapes with organic bisymmetry and the turning technique allows me to effectively create these forms. I find that using the lathe gives my work rhythm and balance, almost like a structural backbone within each piece. I then begin carving, texturing, applying airbrushed inks, resins or metals to create the intricate details.

My initial concepts derive from an exploration of form, texture, colour and symmetry. Inspiration for me has always been dominated by a fascination with the natural world, particularly marine life, microscopic creatures, insects, plants and fossils, which together offer a fantastic repertoire of imagery. But it is not just the beauty of its surface that attracts me to nature; it is the harmonious order of its parts, the science, the way it continuously finds solutions to problems, which I find both awe-inspiring and fascinating. Through my work I hope to make accessible the wonder of these natural organisms and allow a tactile appreciation of them to a wider audience.

At present my work comprises a range of practical items, including salt and pepper mills and more whimsical one-off pieces – handheld sculptures, boxes and vessels. I have been fortunate over the years of my career to have won awards, received funding for continued research, attended conferences and collaborative events worldwide and been featured in many books and publications.

Although I lived for some time in the USA, I currently live and work on the beautiful North Wales coast. Looking out across the Menai Straights to the Isle of Anglesey from a small wooden workshop in my garden, I continue to strive to push forwards my ideas and techniques with every new piece that I create.