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Samuel Souter (srgs woodwork)

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Artwork for Samuel Souter (srgs woodwork)

Hardwood 'Fin' table lamps

Yew & ash side table

Oak mini-shelf bedside table

Oak 'Heron' floor-standing lamp

Sycamore & yew drawer unit

Ash box

Console table

Yew & ash pencil case


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 spent a year as an Associate Member of the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen, and early this year have been accepted as a Full Member.
I worked with listed buildings in my former life (but on the bureaucratic planning side!), but that brought me into contact with restorers 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: 

No exhibitions as such, but plenty of shows/fairs/markets, including with the Heref Guild of Craftsmen throughout each year.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

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

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