Haddon Hall show preview

So four months work are coming to fruition with the opening of my first ever show. This marks 20 years as a full time woodworker and it has been a very interesting process. Most interesting has been the challenge to create something new to fit in to an environment that I have admired for 25 years. To create a body of work that could stand alongside the work of master craftspeople from 6 centuries or more. There will be more images here in due course but here for now are a few snaps as a preview. The show opens today, I am doing turning demonstrations today and tomorrow and the pieces will be in place until the Hall closes for the winter November 1st.

 

 

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The centrepiece of the show. I made three huge hewn bowls on raised stands.

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There are also two large new nests of bowls on stands.

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The new work is all hewn and textured with the Japanese adze or chouna. The bowls texture is called kikkou hatsuri and reminiscent of the pattern on a turtles back. The stand texture is called yahazu moyou similar to the feathers on an arrow flight or a herringbone pattern.

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Here are the pieces in their setting, what a glorious place. If you have never visited I would highly recommend it, to me it is like a spiritual home, the craftwork on display there from the building to the furniture collections are simply incredible.

5 Responses to Haddon Hall show preview

  1. Paul Bouchard September 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    Apart from the lovely bowls, I admire the way you’ve presented it; taking inspiration from something in the hall’s collection (featured in your announcement post) and developing it in such a free and effective way.

  2. Jennifer September 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    How beautiful – images and description – the exhibition looks wonderful and I look forward to your further images.

    Congratulations

  3. jdware September 10, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    beautiful!

  4. Steve Hunt October 20, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    We managed to get over to Haddon Hall yesterday. All of your bowls look great – and the context is perfect. I especially like the large bowls and the nice clean tool marks. To anyone like me who is involved in making bowls or anything else from wood, I would thoroughly recommend going to Haddon Hall to see these.

  5. Andrea November 9, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Last day in Hadden Hall before winter break and a big surpise to see how wonderful your wooden artefacts harmonised with all the medieval interieur of this amazing place.
    The black ones in the kitchen have been like a meditation in front of the black wooden stripes of the old walls. Thanks a lot for this art and craft with such big power inside!
    Andrea and Uli from North Germany