New benches titled ‘Passage I’ and ‘Passage II’ are to be exhibited with Flow Gallery as part of the Crafts Council’s ‘Collect’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London. The exhibition runs from the 2nd – 6th February. Tickets and further information can be found here.
“Flow gallery will feature a selection of artworks that examine shape, pattern, and texture within a monochrome palette. The shapes of the handmade objects are graphic and bold with expressive mark-making within the disciplines of ceramic, glass, wood, mixed media”
The sphere carved from one solid oak burr was delivered safely direct from the studio to a private garden near Girona, in the hills above Barcelona, Spain.
The burr took the best part of last year to carve. The process was described brilliantly by author, Madeleine Bunting, in her evocative essay about a visit to the studio in the recently published woodland anthology ‘Arboreal – A Collection of New Woodland Writing‘:
” The immense ball of the oak burr was fiendishly complex to carve; its surface was riven by deep crevices bulging with the boiling mass of wood nodules”
With the help of Mtec we installed the second oak sculpture of this private commission in glorious Spring sunshine earlier this month.
The timber sourced for the commission came from the Cowdray Estate, West Sussex, a giant oak that had been felled because of dropping damaged limbs.
We were able to carve two spheres from the butt – one is positioned inside the house and the other outdoors, in the garden. This creates a visual play with scale from arrival into the entrance space of the house dominated by the first 1.5m diameter sphere with a view right through the house and out into the garden to where the second, even bigger ( at 1.8m diameter ) sphere sits.
Hoping to get photographer, Jacqui Hurst on site later in the spring to record these pieces professionally!
In December of last year we installed a further commission at The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard. We were approached to design a special ‘Chef’s Table’ to seat diners as part of a whole unique dining experience.
The three part table has a meandering carved wall of wood as a base, with minimal stainless steel supports for a ‘quartz’ table surface that contains tiny shards of chromium.
The Hearts of Oak exhibition e-catalogue is now available. It documents the recent show at The Bedales Gallery, Hampshire, and many of the sculptures are for sale.
To download the e-catalogue from the homepage, click on the gallery of the exhibition, and then click at the bottom of the first page where it says, ‘ Many of these sculptures are for sale download the catalogue‘.
You can also get there by clicking on the ‘enquiries invited’ tab at the top of the homepage, and selecting ‘Hearts of Oak Exhibition’.
This Autumn we are showing 50 small pieces at The Bedales Gallery, Bedales School, Hampshire. The exhibition will also show large images of some of the substantial commissions we have completed over the last decade, along with a selection of my sketch books, where ideas and designs evolve.
See invitation below.
An introduction to the exhibition as it appears in the Bedales Arts brochure has been added to ‘Publications’.
We recently performed an aftercare check-up and re-oiling of Diatom I and II in the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, one year after being installed. The tables are settling well into their environment and the golden colours of the timber add vibrancy and an organic richness to the interior.
As dawn approached, photographer, Jacqui Hurst, was able to capture beautifully the sculptural tables in context, with the iconic buildings of the City clearly within view.
Kate Durr’s elegant garden design ‘Constraining Nature’ for the Malvern show won a Gold Medal, and amazingly Best Festival Garden. Included in the scheme were two Rip-Tide Modules as seating.
The garden was also featured on Gardener’s World last night.
Wonderful to help a talented new designer who sees the value that quality hand-crafted pieces can add to a garden.
Two enormous oak butts were delivered, with giant sized equipment befitting their scale, to the studio late in the Autumn of 2014. The timber was sourced locally from the Cowdray Estate and is over 300 years old.
These sections will be formed throughout the winter and spring 20015 into two spheres. This is a private commission that plays with scale, placing one sphere inside the house and the other in the garden. The entire surfaces will be carved following the annual rings to reveal the history and growth of the tree.
At the end of last month we successfully delivered the ‘buffet tables’, Diatom I and Diatom II, with the help of installation wizards, Mtec, to level 35 of The Shard, London.
Making took place over the winter, with light levels extremely low, but carving progressed well and we completed within the deadline. Studio shots below of work in progress.
The Ting Restaurant, part of the Shangri-La Hotel, is due to open in the next few weeks and should become an inspiring destination for unrivalled views of the Thames snaking through London, and of the other iconic architectural pieces that surround The Shard.
Delivery day snap shots below – the interior still ‘work-in-progress’ making photography quite challenging, but hopefully gives an idea of the location.