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Artwork for Samuel Souter

Black walnut and oak matchstick pot

Ash cabinet

Ash and utile box

Ash and yew side table

Sycamore and yew drawer unit

Yew and ash side table

Ash and yew 'keepsake' box

Spalted beech/sycamore central strip serving board


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

When designing items myself I tend to gravitate towards a style of woodwork that is quite angular and linear. I like crisp, sharp lines and items that benefit from careful proportions and balance. They're often quite simply designed - I like un-fussy designs myself and so my pieces tend to have a simplicity to them.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

The joy of creativity. The privilege to make for other people. The freedom to design. I spent long enough working in an office, behind a desk; realised it didn't suit me, and now genuinely cherish every day that I spend in my workshop making things!

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Woodworker; furniture and homeware designer and maker.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

Commissioned items and selling at fairs.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

Very little! I undertook one 5-day course at the Peter Sefton Furniture School (Upton-upon-Severn) and a couple of weekend courses at the Williams and Cleal Furniture School (Somerset), but otherwise have taught myself many of the techniques I use. I have recently (February 2022) been approved as an Associate Member of the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen.
I worked with listed buildings in my former life (but on the bureaucratic planning side!), but that brought me into contact with restorators and crafts people; I was always particularly envious of the carpenters working on the historic timber-frames, which no doubt helped direct me to what I do now...

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

I've only been running as a full-time self-employed woodworker for two and a half years so not so many! However, during 2020 I was involved in a number of online exhibitions including the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (Nov 2020) and Tutton and Young's Made Makers (Oct 2020). I participated in my first h.Art last year and am excited to be back.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Select pieces in Pensons Restaurant (Netherwood Estate 2miles from my workshop). Otherwise I just sell direct or through fairs and exhibitions.

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