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National Eisteddfod Llanrwst 2019

The National Eisteddfod of Wales will soon begin in Llanrwst, North Wales on the 2nd August 2019.
I have been having fun collaborating with paper artist Chloe Augusta Needham on some new Moth lamps and we were thrilled that these were selected to be exhibited at the Y Lle Celf – the Eisteddfod’s visual arts gallery.
It’s a great place to exhibit as it attracts 40,000 visitors during the course of the week!

Below are some work in progress photos of the new lamps – Moth II and Moth III that we have been working on that you will be able to see on show.

You can find out more information at https://eisteddfod.wales/yllecelf

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Wizardry in Wood Oct 2016

I will be exhibiting in London from the 12th-15th Oct 2016 at Wizardry in Wood – organised by the Worshipful Company of Turners, and only held every 4 years.  You can find out more and buy tickets at https://wizardryinwood.com/

One of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, the Turners’ Company was already a guild in the 12th Century. Some 200 years later, Edward III decreed that ‘wooden measures, as well for wine as for ale’ should be made only by ‘turnours’ with marks of their own – and the medieval turners established the English ‘pint’ as an official measure. In 1604 the Company received its Royal Charter from James I.

This year their one of competitions is commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London and I have made a special piece inspired by the start of the fire at the bakery at Pudding Lane which will be exhibited at the show.

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Beautiful and amazing original works by over 70 of the world’s greatest contemporary woodturners

Where, When, How?

Where: In the spectacular and spacious Carpenters’ Hall in the heart of the City of London.

When: Wed 12 – Sat 15 October: opens 10am each day.  On Wed 12, Thur 13 & Fri 14 October: closes 6pm, last entry 5pm.  On Sat 15 October: closes 4pm, last entry 3pm

Go to http://www.wizardryinwood.com to buy tickets

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Clay Barn Summer Exhibition

I’m very happy to be showing again at Louise Darby’s beautiful studio again this weekend 5th-8thJune 2015.  I hope the weather improves as she has a lovely garden and it would be better enjoyed in sunshine!  I’ll be showing some of my new Coleoptera boxes as well as my kitchen range of mills etc.  I just hope I manage to finish some of the mills I’ve got in production at the moment as I think I caught a cold from my niece Hannah who was up visiting last weekend with my sister Judith and nephew Joe.  We had a great weekend and even made it up Snowdon for the first time with the help of my partner Mark, but the cold brings on my asthma which doesn’t mix very well with sawdust!  Anyway, I digress…inviteinvite 2

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New Beetles for Ruthin

In July this year I started designing some new coleoptera inspired boxes for my show coming up at Ruthin Craft Centre – a beautiful gallery in North Wales.  The show is called ‘Is it Wood’ and is curated by Mary La Trobe Bateman OBE (who used to be the director of Contemporary Applied Arts).  Other artists include:

Peter Archer / Fred Baier / Dail Behennah / Roger Bennett / Chatwin : Martin / Eleanor Glover / Nicola Henshaw / Eleanor Lakelin / Lina Peterson / Anthony Roussel / Sophie Smallhorn / Wycliffe Stutchbury / Rupert Williamson

Bringing together 14 unique makers, who through their innovative and original ideas, challenge our traditional perceptions of wood.

I hope this colourful exhibition challenges traditional ideas about working with wood.
I hope it causes some surprises.
I hope it counters the response to so much work that is handmade in wood by inviting the visitor to look beyond the surface and the skill of the making to see the original ideas and innovations of each individual artist.
And I hope that the exhibition is enjoyable!

Mary La Trobe-Bateman, Curator.

You can find out more about the show at Ruthin Craft Centre  It runs until Nov 30th 2014.

HandmadeinBritaineflyerFor the first time in many years I will be exhibiting at a fair with my good friend and collaborative partner Sarah Parker-Eaton!  We will both be at Handmade in Britain this year – stands 27 and 28 from the 8th – 10th November 2013.

Find out more details at Handmade in Britain.

This year will be Handmade in Britain’s seventh at Chelsea Old Town Hall and once again, their annual showcase will begin the Christmas season with exceptional craft and design from over 90 designer-makers.  This year’s show will feature exhibitors in all disciplines including furniture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and glass – all with a focus on absolute quality and craftsmanship – whose work is available to purchase or commission directly from the maker.

Alongside our established makers, this year we are very excited to launch our New Graduate Showcase, a celebration of new talent in a dedicated gallery at the heart of Handmade in Britain 13.

MADE LONDON October 2013

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Sir John Sloane Church, One Marylebone

Its not long now before I will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON, the Design and Craft Fair, 25th-27th October 2013. Further details are available from the Made London website.

MADE LONDON was held for the first time in October last year to great acclaim from visitors and exhibitors. They aimed to present an enjoyable event showcasing the very best and most original makers in this country and beyond exhibiting the highest quality contemporary craft and design. Visitors to their first show were bowled over by the variety, high quality and originality of the craft and design work on show; loved exploring each four levels of the dramatic and beautiful building and loved the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the show.

MADE LONDON takes place at One Marylebone, using all 4 floors of this stunning Sir John Soane Church in central London. Directly opposite Great Portland Street tube station and next door to Regents Park. There will be a cafe serving drinks and light meals in the double height crypt.

 

 

Avocado and Walnut Mills

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Avocado and walnut mills

I have been making mills for over 12 years. This set is one of my favorite color combinations, with the beautiful avacado color contrasting with the rich warm walnut.

The mills are 5 1/2″ tall. You can also order these mills in the taller 6 1/2″ height.

I turned and carved the bases of these mills out of English sycamore, a renewable timber readily available in the UK with a lovely pale translucent grain and often used in kitchenware. The texture of the carving makes it easy to grip, even with wet hands. The sycamore has been airbrushed with acrylic inks. The tops have been turned and wire brushed to give them a great satin texture. The brass knobs also have a soft brushed finish and a black or white resin dot to make identification easy. Both mills have a durable, food safe, environmentally friendly finish, that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Both mills features a durable ceramic fully adjustable grinding mechanism. The mechanism produces unmatched consistency in grind while requiring only a slight twist to produce a significant amount of fresh, aromatic pepper or salt. The ceramic mechanism also means that any possible salt corrosion is avoided.

These mills would be a beautiful addition to your dining table or kitchen. They also make a wonderful wedding gift.

You can purchase these mills from Lokimonkey on Etsy.

Blobby Bottle Stopper

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Blobby Bottle Stoppers

Great as a gift with a bottle of wine, or to liven up your olive oil bottle, this bottle stopper is turned, airbrushed and ‘blobbed’ using the same techniques as my one-of-a-kind pieces.

They are made from English sycamore that is turned and then airbrushed with acrylic inks. They are ‘double blobbed’ with acrylic texture paste, that is individually applied by hand. They are finished with a non-toxic environmentally friendly oil and wax. The base of the stopper is a chrome plated cone with a rubber seal that fits a variety of bottle sizes. The entire length measures 4 1/4” long and 1” diameter at the largest point of the seal.

Each stopper comes wrapped in tissue with its own labeled black tube.

You can buy these Blobby Bottle Stoppers at Lokimonkey on Etsy.

Afzelia Africana

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Afzelia Africana (Jewellery Pin in Frame)


This is a pin from a series of jewelry pieces in frames, made in collaboration with English jeweler Sarah Parker-Eaton. You can appreciate the piece hanging on the wall and then take the pin out to wear it!

The whole series was created after reading an article in Mother Jones magazine about extinction. I have supported environmental causes for many years and I thought it was time to make work expressing my concern about the direction that the human race is going in with regard to its disregard to nature and the planet as a delicately balanced ecosystem.

This particular piece was inspired by the seed pod afzelia africana. The tree found in the heart of Africa, and useful for its medicinal properties is now classed as vulnerable on the IUCN threatened species list. The colours in the background reflect the rich warm colours of the African tundra and the writing is a quote from Chief Seattle made in 1855:

“Humankind has not woven the web of life, we are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together, all things connect”.

The piece is a pin in a frame of reclaimed pine. The main body of the pin is made from english sycamore – carved and airbrushed with the addition of gold leaf beneath each seed. The silver seeds on the pin and nameplate were hand fabricated and oxidised by Sarah. The frame was designed and put together by me.

It measures 230mm x 140mm x 30mm. The pin itself is 100mm long. It is signed on the back of the frame by both of us.

You can buy the Afzelia Africana Pin from Louise Hibbert on Etsy.