2013 sees the planned move to live and work in the landscape that has become my muse.
What began in 2011 as an idea for a collection of furniture inspired by the cliffs and beaches of the St Davids peninsula in South West Wales has been bearing fruit; some unexpected.
The first pieces of the collection – a suite of lights and tables inspired by a tiny rock pool at Caerbwdy – have been selling through the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and the Nature in Art gallery near Tewkesbury. I am currently tailoring the design of another piece in the collection – the Porthmelgan sideboard – for the home of clients in Yorkshire, and the longer term plan is to find patrons and clients to support the making of the entire Land, Sea and Light collection for exhibition in Pembrokeshire, Gloucestershire and London. But I never would have guessed at the outset that the project would also lead me to up sticks and move.
St Davids is Britain’s smallest city – a village around an 12th Century cathedral. At the south western tip of Wales it is both out on a limb and a meeting place – of land, sea, light, and people. I am just one of many drawn here over hundreds of years. And as the workshop moves westward the marketing focus will expand eastward to London and abroad to Canada, the USA and China. So 2013 promises to be a year of new horizons.
If you are lucky enough to visit St Davids this year it would be lovely to see you, and if you would like to bring some of that landscape’s inspiration into your home then I always like to talk possibilities.
Happy New Year to you.