Painting is like toddler talk

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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

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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

Why purple doesn’t exist

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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

the mist of familiarity

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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

coincidence – pierced forms

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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

Land, sea and light video

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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

Boxes as Sorbet

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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

Furniture and birdsong

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With all the wonderful bird song beginning again now and Spring feeling as if it must burst out soon, I have been thinking about birdsong as an inspiration for furniture.  In my past life I … Read More