I took a drive out to Forge Mill in Redditch yesterday to set up an exhibition with the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen.
I’m new to the group and this was my first show with them. It’s fair to say that they’re a pretty welcoming bunch and luckily didn’t object too much to my showing up early and forgetting my paperwork.
It’s interesting to be part of a show that features such a diverse selection. I set up my display next to a basket maker and I’m sharing a cabinet with a couple of ceramicists and a milliner.
Of course there was a lot of jewellery and silverware on show too, and, while I’m used to such a high concentration of metalworkers in the Jewellery Quarter it was encouraging to see just how many are making a living in my home county. Events like this exhibition are so important because otherwise we do tend to hide away in our studios and not see the world at all. Pieces on show at Forge Mill include:
So drop in and see the show. My Tenby and Avian ranges are on display and the opening hours of the exhibition can be found here.
I’m developing something of a spoon addiction, at the moment it’s manifesting itself in a new set of spoons in the style of my current ‘Flotsam’ collection. It’s quite satisfying to go back to basics with my silversmithing and hand raise the bowls of the spoons, hammer texture into the handles. Of course, it’s a noisy job and I’ve rattled more than a few things off the shelves in the studio doing it! But them I think that the results were worth it.
I chose to add pearls to this pair of spoons just to put a little more ‘preciousness’ into them. As working pieces it makes them a little less practical but I think it gives them a nice extra touch as a gift. The bowls are based on the shapes of pebbles, worn down by the sea – most of my inspiration comes from the landscape of the beach and when I’m not using actual found objects from the shore it’s great to work those natural, unsymmetrical shapes into a piece.
Anyway, they’re out of my hands already and down in Suffolk with Sea Pictures Gallery who’re hosting my new Flotsam range and stocking my little Tenby Street beach houses. It’ll be very exciting to see how the work is recieved in a gallery that’s devoted to the sea.