Eating from wood is just normal for our family, so much so that we just don’t think about it, and it always surprises me the reaction whenever I use pictures of us actually using the things. Ten years ago the BBC did a short TV feature on my work and included a brief shot of the family having dinner and people still mention it today. My book is full of pictures of medieval bowls and new bowls but the one image people comment on most is the one with the family sat at the table.
I have been making bowls full time now for about 13 years and I realised that whilst I often get messages from folk saying how much they enjoy using them I actually have very few pictures of my bowls in use. So if you have one of my bowls or plates I wonder if you could take a quick snap and email it to me? To start it would be great to collect a few images here but I would also like to start a gallery page showing lots of bowls in use, owners with their bowls and even pictures of any other interesting wooden objects that folk use in their daily lives.
So to start us off this was my breakfast this morning. The bowl is one of my standard porringers, I went through a phase a couple of years ago of making hand made paints with natural pigments, this is a blue which is common in Sweden where much of my inspiration comes from. My bowl is one handled, the dog chewed the other handle off one time when I had left it around without washing it up, rather than throw it away I carved it off and it still works well. The spoon is not one of ours, its one made by a dutch friend Jan Harm. We met on a course in Sweden and spent happy days carving spoons together so this brings back those memories. The cup is a kasa we carved from sycamore, it’s a traditional design of the sami people and this one is copied directly from one made by Swedish master carver Wille Sundqvist. The water jug behind is by Svend Bayer, my favorite potter and another inspiration.
So if you could take a snap, if you have a photobucket account or similar you could post your pictures in a comment here or email them to me and I’ll put them up. I have made close to 10’000 bowls and plates over the last 15 years and it would be lovely to see at least a few of them in their new homes.