A diary of general metallic mischief: new work, news, events and exhibitions, inspiration and thinking outloud.
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I’m not one for fixating on specific techniques, but yesterday, I had an unknown student contact me via Instagram asking for some soldering technical advice … shock horror! At college, Oppi Untracts book Metal Techniques for Craftsmen was the bible and I still to this day have a quick flick through now and then. […]
During my education, I have been very fortunate to have had excellent tutors who at times offered me the opportunity and encouragement to experiment and think left-field. Art college can be a brilliant environment to test, learn and develop. Personally, drawing was NEVER my strength, whether it was life drawing, technical or illustrative. But, I […]
2021 Residency: Leksands Sweden
We’re on the move! Tracey Rowledge and I are absolutely over the moon that we have a fully funded 3-week residency ‘Field Notes’, scheduled for later this year in Leksands, Sweden. With thanks to Bengt Julin Foundation and IASPIS Artists’ Committee for their generosity in financially supporting this exciting project. About Field Notes The […]
Great to get honest feedback. It takes a lot of courage to say what you are thinking. When I deliver workshops, I always actively encourage students in this behaviour. It’s essential to take a position; recognise what’s important to you, and stand by that. Bravo! My thanks to Taiwan for inviting me.
Can’t please them all
It’s great to share good news, but what about the bad? What does ‘bad’ really mean anyway? We all need to work this out for ourselves. People often comment on my work and I welcome the feedback. Even when the message isn’t a ringing endorsement. There is a danger in trying to please too many […]
Delightful Trouble Maker
In my time, I’ve been called many things, enfant terrible, ‘silver-terrorist’ and more recently ‘a right royal pain in the arse’. But my favourite bit of name calling appeared in Ken Quickenden’s book Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork, published in 2020, where he referred to me as a ‘delightful trouble maker’. I do take […]
All Metals Are Precious
The world of metal is crowned with gold and silver, shiny, valuable and riding high in the stock exchange. Our daily lives are surrounded by more humble metals; tin, aluminium, pewter and steel, to mention a few. We encounter them in the kitchen – a pan to roast in the oven, a blade to cut […]