work with clients to design and make contemporary designs that reflect
the personality of the customer while remaining practical and usable.
Having spent 20 years working in Youth work, Training and Management
Development, I returned to college to revisit my earlier interest
in Art and Design. I chose to focus on designing and making furniture,
as it requires a balance between creativity and function, a constraint
that I enjoy.
I studied for two years at Rycotewood
College in Thame, a centre of excellence in training for furniture
design and making with a long history. In 2001 I set up my own workshop
and now work mainly to commission.
The key to success is the relationship with the client. One of
my skills is the ability to draw out the important aspects of what
the client is looking for – exploring with them the environment
within which a piece will live.
Exhibitions have included:
I am a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and the Furniture
Designer Makers association.
I have previously exhibited at:
Inspired from the Woods - Great Oak Hall at Westonbirt
National Arboretum at Tetbury in Gloucestershire.
and Makers' Fair - In The Glass House at Waddesdon
Manor Plant Centre, Queen Street, Waddesdon, HP18 0JW.
Designer Crafts at the Mall Galleries, London - the very best of
British comtemporary crafts presented by the Society of Designer
The Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design exhibition at the Thirlestaine
Long Gallery, Cheltenham College, Bath Road, Cheltenham.
Making the Future presented by Timothy Mark at 13-17 Seymour Place
and 20 New Quebec Street, London.