I initially trained in 3D design and for many years specialised in the design and manufacture of hand blown glass vessels and panels and large ceramic tile installations, for both private and commercial clients. Six years ago, I was given a lathe by a friend and that was the start of my passion for making in wood.
Using mainly English native 'green' (recently felled) timber, my distinctive decorative vessels often have wide tops and small bases with long elegant curves. They are usually rich in texture created with pyrography and carving, often embellished with acrylic colour and silver leaf.
In 2015 I was the recipient of a Bursary from the Worshipful Company of Turners which enabled me to spend time working with Jacques Vesery, it was an amazing opportunity. That year I was also invited to participate in the UK Crafts Council ‘Hothouse’ scheme for emerging makers and this prompted me to decide to become a full-time maker in wood.
My distinctive work has featured in many exhibitions, including twice a year at Maison et Objet and can be found in several private collections, UK galleries and is becoming a firm favourite of interior designers.
Turning wood is a combination of ancient practical skills, an intuitive sense of the wood, the 'art' to make the most of the grain, the texture and the structure that is exposed in the making process. When you turn green wood the shavings are warm and damp, the studio is filled with the scent of the wood and your tools need to be kept especially sharp. As the wood dries there is often some distortion, the vessels becoming oval, a characteristic that can be exploited.