Artwork for Timothy Hawkins
'Deep Ocean Thermal Vents' - coffee table Colour stained ash & cherry
'Conversation Peace 2' - pair of chairs with table Maple; yew; purpleheart; toughened glass; mirror glass
'Step Forward' - sideboard Ash; Thermo ash
'Dakota' - display sideboard Ash with silvered ash
Tree Chairs Oak inc. pippy oak; walnut
'Sun & Moon' - bed with bedside tables Oak; maple; yew
'Oak Portal' - wardrobe Oak inc. pippy oak; spalted beech; stainless steel
'Hoarding Chest' - hinged lid storage chest with hidden compartment Oak with medium oak stain
I work with solid wood to make pieces of functional furniture & Furniture Art , sometimes incorporating other materials such as metal & glass - this is my raison d'être & chosen way of making my living.
For me, being an artist means exploring what Art actually is - a lifetime wouldn't be long enough to explore these possibilities!
Technique is part of it, e.g. the 'art' of the basket maker, or of a painter trying to paint a perfect picture of a horse so that the painting looks like a photograph.
There is also imaginative expression & feelings & original approaches - for many years I have been working to put all these aspects into the design of my most expressive pieces of furniture, so that people can enjoy using & living with a functional piece which also conveys an idea - a piece imbued with thought & feeling.
I am a Master Craftsman Furniture Designer Maker.
I create solid wooden furniture, including one-off pieces of Furniture Art for exhibition & sale.
The basis of my work though is making to order, designing & creating bespoke commissioned pieces for domestic, corporate & ecclesiastical clients as well as occasional pieces for public spaces.
I work using conventional methods.
At the moment I work alone & cannot offer to accept apprentices again in the immediate future, but I have in the past accepted Furniture Course students on work placement from the college here in Hereford & have subsequently employed some of them.
Art O & A levels; Art Foundation Course (Hereford Art College); City & Guilds Wood Machining at Hereford Technical College.
I am principally self-taught in designing & making furniture - when I left Art College there was no furniture-making course in this part of the world.
On leaving full-time education I decided that I'd like to bring together my creative imagination with the woodworking skills I'd developed so that I could make functional pieces of furniture which whenever possible would allow artistic expression.
As I grew up my father (a very capable & inventive amateur woodworker) had allowed me the use of his well-equipped workshop & I was already working as a furniture designer maker in my own right when the City & Guilds wood machining course was set up locally.
I then attended that part-time, to hone the skills I'd developed & was already using, as well as to further my technical skills.
My maternal grandfather & great-grandfather had been professional ecclesiastical woodcarvers & whilst both had passed away before I was born, I did have the benefit of growing up with the knowledge & understanding of the skill involved in their work & seeing some of the wonderful pieces they had created.
I had been an invited exhibitor for many years at the prestigious 'Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design Exhibition' which had run for twenty-six consecutive years at the Thirlestaine Long Gallery in Cheltenham, until the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of the 2020 exhibition as it was being planned.
I last exhibited there in 2018.
Timothy Hawkins Gallery, 14 Church Street, Hereford HR1 2LR
Dansel (Gallery), Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JL