Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Web Site Update

Recently I have been upgrading my web site to go along with my new work, which as previously mentioned is a long way off, but hey I can't rush things or life gets too serious and all the fun is taken out of it.

Over my time involved in turning I have gone through many transitions.  I have met many many amazingly creative friends who have helped me develop,  as well as having been invited to many wonderful locations around the world to demonstrate and partake in creative projects. I am very privileged to have met and shared with these people and have come to realize that we are all on the same path, the same journey of exploration, soul searching for expression through our work.

More and more my mind has been moving away from turning as a way to express myself and more towards sculptural work. This is just another transition that will take some time for me to navigate but one that I do not see changing.

The more I delve into what others see as diverse work, work that is not produce purely on the lathe or in the round, the more resistance is projected by some as to what is expected of me, my work and that of other makers who choose a more diverse route.

This is of course a natural response as the unfamiliar for all of use is met with suspicion. A friend once told me that choosing a different path to the normal is one that is often walked alone. However this for me is not a negative, and I see that all the chatter going on around only constrains the senses from the beauty that is in front of us.

So I am looking forward to a new path of which I know will take some forceful determination from myself to cut certain ties and expectations that I and others have of me, all things of course are in a continual state of transition, either coming from or going to, this is after all for me what makes it so exciting.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013


Here is the finished piece.

An idea I have been trying out for a while and this is the first decent one I have made.  Composition and simplicity are current themes that interest me and this is the result of my thoughts.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Where is all the time going

Since my last entry I have been trying to catch up on various projects which are taking much more of my time than anticipated. This should not be a surprise I guess, as anything I do seems always to need twice the time I set aside of it. Partly due to the way I work as if I am not enjoying something and the bills are paid then I just stop, not conducive to being organised but then I find being organised often too structured and tiresome, life is too interesting to rush around on a treadmill.

The sculptures that I am making are only just being starting and will be some time, the added time thinking about them has however resolved some technical issues that I was unsure of. In the mean time I am delving into other ideas to give myself some release from being sat at the computer.

The more I have become involved in  turning the less turning I seem to do, other than teaching and demonstration, still it pays the bills, I enjoy it and it gets me out and about.

Things will settle down.

The picture here is a snippet, with a twist, of a group of pieces I have been developing.