Although Sunday’s weather was a bit wet, we decided that a walk was still in order. The coastline round here is stunning whatever the weather (apart from when it’s foggy and you can’t see it). We often do a short circuit which takes us out from Morwenstow church , past Hawker’s hut and then follows the path back along Tidna chute. It also has the advantage of starting and finishing at the Bush Inn.
We have recently become members of the prestigious Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) in London. Originally founded in 1948, they have been representing contemporary Bitish makers ever since. They have a large retail gallery on Percy Street in London where I will be exhibiting work later in the year. As part of the application process I had to take work down to show them. As we are currently low on stock we took my desk and chair from home, explaining that these were pieces in daily use in a busy houshold. It was commented that it was nice to see how well the pieces stood up over time and how beautifully the wood had aged.
Why is the plank of wood you need always at the bottom of the wood stack?
I have spent the last few days sorting out the workshop. With the help of some new shelving and storage I have finally found homes for the numerous little odds and sods which ‘may come in useful’ some day. Many of the sods were deemed to be of absolutely no use what-so-ever and have been filed in the bin. Here are a couple of pics of the workshop. They are in black and white as the shelving is alarmingly orange and I haven’t quite come to terms with it.
Yesterday I delivered the final piece of furniture for St Aubyns church. The Alter, lectern and Chair (made by Sean Stowell) are the final pieces of the project. Here are some pics.
Today I am delivering an Alice chair to Exeter. The chair has been bought as a 40th birthday present for my client’s sister. The material she chose is by the architect and designer Josef Frank of Svenskt Tenn. I love the way the fabric changes the feel of the chair and that its design is able to take such a bold patterns.
I met Amanda Le Page of Le Page Architects during the summer whilst exhibiting at Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair. We got chatting and she told me about a project that they had been working on in Plymouth to restore a church and at the same time use the building as a public library. The main work was completed and they needed someone to make the alter, lectern and a chair to complete the project and asked if I would be interested. I normally only make my own designs but the project sounded interesting and I agreed to have a look at the job.
The pieces were designed by Charlotte Burden who works for Le Page and were designed as part of the overall scheme. Here are a few pics of the alter. I will put more photo s on when I have delivered the lectern.
Earlier this year I became a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. On Monday Alice and I went down for a spot of lunch in at the guild and to hang a set of ‘Clarity shelves’ in the shop as part of their Christmas exhibition. The shelves are also available directly fom me (email@example.com), they are made in oak and toughened glass and retail for £325 including p&p to mainland UK.
I decided to make an oak desk version of the fluted sideboard. Here is an image of the piece. I will be adding a full gallery page for it after I return from Origin.
I will be exhibiting at Origin 2011. Please visit us on stand A10. For more information please follow this link : Origin.
We visited Glenn and Sammy of pacha design at their fantastic exhibition this weekend. They are showing their work in the bucks mills cabin along side pieces from Ramp and Sam Pickard.
‘ in conjunction with the National Trust, Devon based designer makers pachadesign, Sam Pickard & RAMP explore a modern take on the everyday objects left inside the artists cabin at Bucks Mills, a picturesque village on the North Devon Coast.
the cabin was owned by artists Judith Ackland & Mary Stella Edwards and is an evocative time capsule of their lives together – left today as it was in the 70’s and now owned & carefully preserved by the National Trust.’
It is well worth the visit if you get the opportunity. There is more information on pachadesigns blog.
We are exhibiting at Art in Action this coming week on stand D6 in the Market place. The show takes place from 21st -24th July 2011 at Waterperry House, Wheatley, Oxford, OX33 1JZ
We had a great show at The Contemporary Craft Fair Last weekend. There were loads of visitors even on Sunday when the weather turned. On the preview night Iwas awarded the Bovey Castle ‘Best maker in the south west’ award by Kelli Jenkins
We had a really good article about us published in this month’s Homes and Antiques. It is part of their ‘Antiques of the future’ series.
We are exhibiting at the contemporary craft fair in Bovey Tracey next weekend 10th – 12 thJune. The fair is open
10am til 5pm daily. Tickets are £7 for an adult (£6 concession) and children under 14 get in free. It is a fantastic event with lots to see and do.
We are on stand B41. We look foward to seeing you there.