David Heaton is a Cheshire based designer specialising in creating contemporary objects from primarily native British hard woods.
David originally trained and practiced as a product designer and design lecturer before making the natural progression to producing craft objects that are not only desirable and beautiful in appearance but which, given his background, can also perform a function.
David uses woods such as sycamore, beech and elm, enjoying the texture, grain and surface markings these provide when turned, his use of established techniques to create contemporary items from single pieces of wood can be challenging but result in unique, tactile and exciting final objects.
‘Having trained and practiced as a Product Designer it is perhaps not surprising that I am currently exploring the development of craft items that are not only desirable and beautiful in appearance but which can also perform a function.
I work predominantly with British hard woods such as sycamore, beech and elm. I enjoy the texture, grain and surface markings these provide when turned. The use of established techniques to create contemporary items is both challenging and exciting to me.
The range of lidded receptacles and angled bowls I am currently developing are each made from one piece of wood so any pattern within the material is continuous through each element. The results are final pieces that are each totally unique.’
Kathryn's beautiful hand crafted panels are carved in English lime wood, they are painted, usually with watered down acrylics, and layered and sanded until the desired effect is achieved. Paint is used to emphasize the carved mark and any movement it suggests. Finally, a wax polish is applied to give a soft sheen to the surface of the wood, which also intensifies the depth of colours and brings out the painted highlights.
“Using repousee and chase techniques, I form pewter sheet into a variety of objects such as photo frames, mirrors and small boxes. I use a combination of different materials such as enamels, glass and semi precious stones on wood, aluminium or silver as a base structure. No two pieces are exactly alike as no casting or pressing is involved. Each piece has been worked individually from my own designs.”
The boxes are handcrafted from the root of the Thuya tree before being expertly French polish finished to enhance the full character of this exquisite burr.
Joey Richardson, an internationally acclaimed turner and sculptor, is renowned for her delicate and richly hued wood forms. She personally sculpts each individual piece on a lathe, with the cutting, shaping and sanding all controlled with the eye. Her skill allows her to pare the wood until it is paper thin, allowing light through the normally opaque texture.
She has won awards from the Worshipful Company of Turners and Scholarships from The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and the Carpenters Company. In 2012 Joey was made a Liveryman of the Turners Company and in 2015 she was awarded the prestigious QEST Award of Excellence.
Her sculptures are held in many collections and can be seen in numerous museums and exhibitions all around the world. Inspiring others, Joey’s devotion and fluency in passing on her enthusiasm and knowledge is infectious and she regularly teaches and demonstrates all her techniques globally.
Joey is one of the leaders of the artistic wood movement that is developing in the UK.
John Shorrock is the woodturner who works out of a large workshop and wood store on the family farm. John uses hardwoods grown in the North West of England. Most of the wood is sourced from local tree surgeons who let him know when they have a tree which they think is suitable for John's style of wood turning.
'I visualize the shape I want before starting a piece but take careful note of the features as the piece develops working the final shape to reveal the grain and natural edges to best advantage. All my pieces are finished with melamine lacquer and then wax polished to bring out the natural markings of the wood.
If possible I buy full trees and always like to know where they had grown. Most of my work at present is made out of Elm burr, Yew and Sycamore.
All off-cuts of wood are burned in my workshop stove to keep warm in winter, composted shavings are used in our vegetable garden. I get my inspiration from the trees whose wood I use in my work, I try to retain the spirit and character of the tree in every piece I create. A large part of keeping the character of the tree is working with the faults and defects instead of cutting them out. In my work you will see the inclusion of bark, holes and areas of rot all of which add character if sympathetically used.
'Living and working in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside
provides me with a constant source of natural shapes and forms, shells,
fungi, plants and trees all give me ideas for sculpture.
My preferred medium is wood as it has such a variety of textures, colours
and grain; it also has a warmth that many other mediums don’t pocess.
When I have found an idea, I work directly on to the wood without
making any preliminary sketches or Marquettes. The wood will dictate
the final piece as any knots; cracks and grain are revealed as the piece
I studied A level art and design and was influenced by the work of
Barbara Hepworth and Constantine Brancusi and their style of work
using natural forms has influenced me in my designs.
I have been fortunate to be able to combine my work as a Dairy Farmer
with my love of sculpture and have many sculptures in private collections
as far afield as Canada, New Zealand, Japan and the USA.'