vegansim: going the whole hog

posted in: food, planet | 0

It’s a measure how much things have changed in this last year that when I first started looking at how to live greener in early 2019 I was shocked to learn how much of our greenhouse gas emissions come food.  Now going vegan for the climate is part of the conversation, but is it really best to go the whole hog on the meat-free front?… Read More

trees, lines and glazing

posted in: pots | 0

Two nice things today.  First, walking Brindley in the woods this morning, the trees were suggesting all sorts of ways to use lines on a surface. and that was on my mind because waiting … Read More

Earth first bowl

posted in: pots | 0

When I was scraping the outside of my first coil pot with an old veneer saw blade to break up the surface before smoothing it I liked the texture so much that I kept … Read More

birch bark vase

posted in: pots | 0

The mixture of matt and shiny white glazes and the way they interact reminded me very much of the birch trunks that I see daily walking the dog in Leigh Woods outside Bristol. Where … Read More

inspiration rocks

posted in: pots | 0

The other day I went in search of a beach that I last visited almost 20 years ago.  It had stayed in my memory because it was covered in perfectly round rocks, like a … Read More

What I fancy making

posted in: creativity, painting, pots | 0

A week walking in the Yorkshire Dales and then a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with its new Sean Scully exhibition has left my senses thrilled and my thoughts questioning the ability of art to communicate even the vaguest inkling of past experience.… Read More

Poetry is not words

posted in: creativity, painting | 0

Poetry is not an arrangement of words, but a quality of openness, a distillation of experience and a refinement of expression. So to paint a poem is an entirely reasonable aim.

The language of images

posted in: painting | 0

  In the introduction to Kathleen Raine’s selected poems she says, nature poetry is not what we write about nature, but rather the language of images in which nature daily speaks to us of … Read More

Tango

posted in: painting | 0

There is this interplay between the idea and what happens with the paint.  If the paint dominates, there is mess.  If the idea dominates there is dryness. Somehow there needs to be a way … Read More

a bowl of water and light

posted in: painting | 0

I’ve just delivered a painting to a client who wanted to bring the essence of a landscape that she’d known since childhood into her home.  The bay between Tresaith and the Ynys Lochtyn peninsula is like a bowl of water and light, sea and sky almost indistinguishable, held by the outstretched arms of land. It is a place to rest and breathe.… Read More

Painting is like toddler talk

posted in: ideas, painting | 0

I heard a toddler the other day copying his parents’ talking but making no sense.  Blah, blah, b’blah, blah, he said.  He couldn’t understand what he heard, but he copied the sounds because he … Read More

something as living as nature

posted in: ideas, painting | 0

I want to create surfaces that have the energy and life of natural surfaces that become as fascinating and infinitely explorable as the natural world. The artist, Matthew Smith (1879-1959) studied under Henri Matisse … Read More

Land, Sea and Light completed

posted in: furniture | 0

Created during my years spent living and working as a furniture maker on the coast of the St Davids Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, land, sea and light explores the essence of that wild Welsh landscape. It … Read More

Why purple doesn’t exist

posted in: ideas, painting | 3

The colour purple does not exist in the real world. Apparently it’s true. A rainbow of light from red to violet floods our surroundings, but there is no such thing as purple light. Purple … Read More

improvisation in earth tones

posted in: painting | 0

After all those months of working with white for the land, sea and light collection, my palate/palette was well and truly cleansed.  So I’m beginning to open my eyes to colour… With the help … Read More

land, sea and light

posted in: furniture | 1

Land, sea and light iwill be a collection of 17 white reliefs, hung as the doors of oak and beech cabinets, inspired by the cliffs and beaches of the St Davids Peninsula, Pembrokeshire. The … Read More

morning glory dining table

posted in: furniture | 0

My client wanted a modern, glass topped table to go in an otherwise traditional room.  So I looked at the motifs carved and inlaid into some of the other furniture. The form of the … Read More

balance music frame

posted in: furniture | 0

A rock climber wanted a wall unit to hold a stereo, TV and a few books.  I got interested in the way climbers balance and hang… so the piece became all about balance I … Read More

stripes dining suite

posted in: furniture | 0

This seriously stripy suite was made for a compact London appartment. The lovely client kept pushing me to have more fun,  I did.  

the mist of familiarity

posted in: ideas, painting | 0

In 1819 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, “the mist of familiarity obscures from us the wonder of our being.” Is the role of the artist to commit themselves to peering through the mist and to … Read More

Banksy or Van Gogh – who to copy?

posted in: creativity | 0

Right now I’m struggling with the finish of a series of landscape cabinets and would love some fresh ideas.  The doors are laminated reliefs inspired by the coastal landscape. As a ‘medium’ it’s got huge … Read More

coincidence – pierced forms

posted in: ideas | 0

Isn’t the web a feast of coincidence.  A ring carved from bamboo by Kevin Woolgar @kevinwoolgar, a photographer in Puerto Rico, and a ceramic sculpture by Matt Sherratt @sculpturalforms working in North Wales arrived … Read More

the lighhouse cabinet

posted in: furniture | 0

When a client arrived to discuss a cabinet for his new Georgian appartment in Clifton, Bristol, he was carefully carrying a large cardboard box. When I asked what the cabinet was for he openned … Read More

the landscape painter’s chest

posted in: furniture | 1

A dovetailed chest in oak and recylced mahogany for the Pembrokeshire landscape painter, John Knapp-Fisher.  This piece was commissioned by John to sit in his room under a painting that is hugely significant to … Read More

breaking wave

posted in: furniture | 0

With the wild waves ripping into the Pembrokeshire coastline this winter, here’s a wave-inspired dining table.  It contrasts the conventional straight legs to the left with the cascading  wave breaking down the legs to … Read More

water table

posted in: furniture | 0

   a coffee table in glass and  elm inspired by a still pool between boulders at low tide on Caerfai beach, St Davids, Pembrokeshire I’ve shaped the surface to accentuate the fluid figuring and … Read More

Porthmelgan sideboard

posted in: furniture | 1

A sideboard in native brown, pale and tiger oak, inspired by the rock strata at Porthmelgan, Pembrokeshire. It was is inspired by the layered rock formations at the little bay that sits under the … Read More

JCBs and day-flying bats

posted in: furniture | 0

 It’s been a week of arrivals and unexpected help.  Birds from Africa, bats from hibernation, carpenters from Tasmania, and machine tools from Milton Keynes.

Nature in Art exhibition

posted in: furniture | 0

delighted to have my work in the British Contemporary Crafts exhibition at the Nature in Art Gallery near Gloucester, UK,  13 Nov – 16 Dec.

rock pool collection pictures

posted in: furniture | 0

Here is the collection of sculptural lights and tables inspired by the tiny marine world inside a hole in a large boulder at Caer Bwdy Bay near St Davids in Pembrokeshire.

Land, sea and light video

posted in: ideas | 0

Here’s a video about  Land, Sea and Light  – this is the beginning of a project to create a collection of fine furniture inspired by a stretch of the most beautiful coastline on the … Read More

first birdsong table completed

posted in: furniture | 0

These are occasional tables with inscribed birdsong. Listening to a particularly soulful blackbird in Spring I started writing down his song in my sketch book, not using musical notation, but just responding to the … Read More

using burr veneer video

posted in: furniture | 0

How do you create a veneered table top? Here’s one of a series of “making of” videos now on the site.  A coffee table designed to sit between two comfy cream sofas in front … Read More

Birdsong Tables

posted in: furniture | 0

A while ago, sitting on a bridge in my local nature reserve and listening to a particularly soulful blackbird,  I realized that birdsong could be a great source of inspiration for the visual design … Read More

Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

posted in: furniture | 2

I heard today that I have been accepted for associate membership of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.  It means that my work will be appearing in their rather splendid summer show in Painswick (30/7 … Read More

Boxes as Sorbet

posted in: ideas | 0

Boxes are a sorbet for the furniture maker – they refresh the palate between heavier and more complex pieces.  But they are also a reminder of the fundamental qualities of wood which make it a … Read More

leaf dining table

posted in: furniture | 0

A contemporary dining table echoing the tropical leaves through the dining room window. This architectural dining table was made for the ultra-modern house of a precision engineer.The client had clear ideas about the shape … Read More

1 2