• Q&A with Handmade Oxford exhibitor Studio Wolle

    On: April 3, 2020
    In: Design stories, Events
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    Ahead of Handmade Oxford (17 – 20 September) we caught up with Lara at Studio Wolle, to find out how she has adapted to the new everyday.

    How have you been adapting to the new everyday?

    It’s been a bit of a stressful time if I’m honest, as I can imagine it has been for everyone in this situation we find ourselves in. As I damaged a tendon in my elbow at the start of lockdown I have had to find different things to do while I rest and heal. I honestly miss weaving, it’s a massive stress reliever for me so it’s been challenging to be without that for a while.  Not being able to weave has started to affect my own mental health and it made me think about how the loss of our normal daily lives may be affecting other’s mental well-being.

    In terms of adapting, my main thoughts were about how I could find something to offer people that would help pass this isolation period with a bit more comfort in their lives. Due to the nature of my products, they often carry a higher price tag than people want to spend in this current time. So, I started thinking about small items which promote productivity while still allowing me to be creative and make a little bit of cash to help keep my business going.

    It’s been important for me to be able to stay productive but also potentially help other people who are also struggling mentally in this time. I have found painting has been a great temporary replacement for weaving, it’s been therapeutic and allowed me to switch off my brain at times. It’s also easy on my elbow so that’s another bonus!

    I have been hand-painting some small notebooks which I plan to sell soon for a few pounds, I’m hoping people will be interested in them as a encouragement for them to draw, write, and generally be productive. I am using one of my painted notebooks at the moment to write down ideas for weaving patterns that I want to try out once I can weave again and doing that has helped me stay more positive.

    What does your working day look like at the moment?

    My working day varies a bit, as I work for NHS 111 my time is split between those shifts, mentally regenerating after those shifts and then my business work. On most weekdays I spend my morning catching up on emails and other assorted admin tasks that I have more time for now that things aren’t so busy. From about mid-morning I am usually in the studio where I can immerse myself with being creative for a while, my cat Marley will often come and sit in the studio with me and sleep, but his silent presence is nice all the same. In the evening I will usually head to work at 111 at about 4.30pm and then I will be there taking calls till around 12pm.

    At the weekends I work solely at 111 from 8am till either 2pm or 4pm, so my afternoons when I get home I usually leave aside for self-care and personal time otherwise I think I would burn out.

    Working with your online customers and suppliers, have there been any challenges?

    I will be honest, online sales have pretty much dried up currently, so that has been challenging in itself as panic does set in a little bit sometimes. Thinking about ways to market in a tasteful and conscious way during this time has been something which I have had to put a lot of thought into.

    In general, all my current suppliers that I use are all still operating fairly normally so I haven’t thankfully run into any hiccups yet! I think as long as the postal service is still running things can carry on moving forward which is reassuring at least.

    What joy does creating bring at the moment?

    As someone who can often get trapped inside my own head, being creative is my main outlet. Being able to find freedom through creating during this time of restriction has been ever so important for me.

    Due to my work at NHS 111 I do find it hard to switch off, over the past few months the demand on the service has risen and risen, as soon as I start a shift I am answering calls non-stop. Everyone around me at work is under so much pressure and stress and whilst it is a very rewarding job it has become very mentally and physically draining. It is easy to feel surrounded, at work at 111 it’s a fairly constant stream of peoples concerns about covid-19, then the news and social media is swamped by further information and opinions.

    So, for me being creative in my downtime offers me that time for relaxation and to escape from everything. To me this is so valuable as otherwise I think I would feel overwhelmed most of the time.

    The sense of community and support that is within the handmade craft world at the moment is amazing, being able to create seems to be ever so important for everyone. It’s truly wonderful and inspiring to see the support between makers, customers and just communities in general at this time.

    As a team we have seen you give time to 111 – what positive comments have your audience given you to keep going?

    I have only recently started speaking about my work for 111 in relation to my craft so it’s a fairly unknown aspect for many of my followers. I think the current situation has encouraged me to speak about it more and how that work informs my practice.

    When speaking to people about it recently, many are sympathetic as you can imagine. A lot of people tell me to take time to relax and switch off, to make sure I eat well and take time for myself.

    Being able to help people when they call 111 is rewarding in itself, but I appreciate it so much when someone will tell me that my creative work has helped them feel a little joy. Being able to help people in anyway is what keeps me going and trying.

    How are you thinking of using this time to prepare for Handmade Oxford in September?

    Well, in some ways I am thankful as I have some extra time to heal and be careful with my elbow! But mainly it’s a good excuse to further develop ideas and to produce a better body of work. It’s given me more time to go over past work and development samples. With the extra time I am thinking about how I can diversify my product range to offer more than just cushions. Nothing too drastic but a little more variety never hurts!

    Currently I am using this time to teach myself to use Illustrator better, so I can create some digital designs to potentially be printed on woven fabric, either as bag lining, bag covers, table linen etc.

    I am working on my business presence and marketing strategy a lot more now so hopefully by the time the show happens there will be a little bubble of interest.

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  • Holly Suzanna Clifford

    On: November 29, 2019
    In: Design stories
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    Jewellery designer Holly Suzanna Clifford crafts pieces of delicate and detailed wearable art, celebrating the curious attraction we have to plants, places and the natural world. Encompassing ideas from outside the realm of jewellery, her work inspiration draws from illustration, great painters such as Monet and Klimt, and also from old dioramic books. We took a moment to sit down with Holly and discuss her inspirations, goals, and more.

    If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?

    I always loved geography at school, the topics on volcanoes, rivers, and erosion really intrigued me, so I’d probably be togged up and out in the field!

    When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?

    During my Art Foundation year at Oxford Brookes, I started out set on going down the fine art route, but after getting into the workshops and building things with my hands I changed my mind!

    Describe your work in three words.

    Leafy, organic, colourful.

    Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?

    I am obsessed with Emmeline Hasting’s jewellery, everything she creates is just stunning. I love the rough, kind of rocky look of the Perspex that then sprout these amazing waves of tiny ombre scales.

    What do you do in your free time?

    I start almost every day off with either a run, workout, or yoga – then I don’t feel so bad for sitting at my bench or laptop all day! I also just enjoy being outside, I’m very lucky to live in a stunning part of the country so I like to make the most of it.

    What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?

    Drink giant mugfuls of green tea.

    What brings you the greatest satisfaction?

    After lavishing lots of hard work, care and attention on a commission, I love carefully packaging it up and imagining their excitement when they come to open it.

    What’s the best advice you have been given?

    Admire others, of course, but don’t compare.

    What’s the best gift you have ever received?

    My blender, I’m a bakeaholic!

    What is your favourite quote?

    “Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse

    What is on your bucket list?

    An un-listable number of incredible travel destinations, but top of them currently is to finally visit Scotland for an amazing walking holiday!

    What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?

    My Adam Frew ceramic mug is gorgeous (although so far it hasn’t been christened as I’m too protective of it!) it also makes me happy that the purchase went to raise funds to build his new studio.

    Check out Holly’s designs here.

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  • Alice Barnes’ Design Story

    On: November 26, 2019
    In: Design stories
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    Alice Barnes is an award-winning jewellery designer and maker based in Brighton. She draws complex beauty from the simplest of forms to make elegant, contemporary jewellery with meticulous attention to detail. Her work is influenced by the cuts, folds and repetition used in paper art, and draws on lines, angles and repetitive shapes for inspiration.

    If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?
    I might work for a charity or a union. I used to work for the Royal Collage of Nursing and it felt great to be a small part of an organisation that champions such important members of our society.

    When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?
    In my teens art was the only thing I was really passionate about and I knew I wanted to do something creative. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I went to study at the Birmingham School of Jewellery and jewellery has been my passion since then.

    Describe your work in three words.
    Geometric, Deco, folds.

    Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?
    Too many to mention! I love the angles and shapes in Leah Jensen’s clay work and Matthew Shlian’s paper art, and the sculptural quality of jewellery by Ami Pepper and Emmeline Hastings really appeals to me too.

    What do you do in your free time?
    There aren’t many moments when I’m not thinking about jewellery or my business, so whenever I can I like to get down to the beach in Brighton where I live and breathe it all in. It’s the only thing that really quietens my mind.

    What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?
    Eat breakfast! I can’t function without it and the rest of my days tend to vary based on what I’m working on.

    What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
    Wax carving. Creating something delicate and intricate from a huge block of wax gives me such pleasure and I would do it all day if I could!

    What’s the best advice you have been given?
    One of my art foundation course tutors at Chelsea suggested that if I ever wanted to take my love of adornment further I ought to go to the Birmingham School of Jewellery. I didn’t go for another couple of years but fell in love with the place as soon as I stepped inside!

    What’s the best gift you have ever received?
    I have a pretty special ring by Ungar and Ungar which was a leaving gift from my job at Mayfair Jewellers a long time ago. I’d wear it every day if I wasn’t making!

    What is your favourite quote?
    I often remind myself to “never stop learning”. Pushing one’s boundaries is the only way to move forward creatively.

    What is on your bucket list?
    Skydiving! I promised myself I would do it by the time I was 30, and I’m already 7 years late!

    What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?
    A little striped porcelain vessel from Justine Allison. It’s so delicate yet precise, and I get to admire it every day

    Check out Alice Barnes designs here!

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  • Agneta Bugyte’s Design Story

    On: November 26, 2019
    In: Design stories
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    Agneta Bugyte opens the door to another world through her elegant, timeless and poetic jewellery that speaks of the rawness of the beauty surrounding our lives. Her work is unique by adding a oxidised look on the surface, creating a glossy, shinny or smokey finish. We had a quick catch up with Agneta Bugyte about her work.

    If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?
    I always knew I would be an artist even when I was little and didn’t really know what art was. The hardest thing was to find my art speciality, as I was into everything – painting, photography, calligraphy, interior design etc. until I found that perfect fit – jewellery as an art form. Then I knew I would be a jewellery artist, working with precious metals. I found that exceptional something I had looked for all my life.

    When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?
    As I said before, I always knew I would be an artist even when I was little. Although I was brought up in a large town in Lithuania, as a child we often went to the woods and lakes, where the textures and shapes of stones, moss, wood, enchanted me. I always took something back home with me like a piece of tree bark, or moss, a stone or a pine cone to remind me of that special moment.

    Describe your work in three words.
    Unrefined, delicate, poetic.

    Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?
    There are many talented designers out there and all of them have  different values and different approaches to the design, its hard to name only a few… but – Pat Flynn, Polly Wales, Alex Sepkus, Julez Bryant, Jacqueline Cullen…

    What do you do in your free time?
    Spending a lot of time in nature, enjoying landscapes and deep silences that surround me.

    What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?
    Be a better person, better me.

    What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
    Happy customers.

    What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Be yourself. Everything else is already taken.

    What’s the best gift you have ever received?
    Birth of my son on my birthday party 🙂 Trust and smiles are the best gifts I get from people who surround me.

    What is in your bucket list?
    Visit Iceland and go on a wine and food tour in Italy.

    What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?
    I only buy best pieces. I never buy something just to buy, I care what I am buying and from who. I do research. I need to trust before I make a purchase. I don’t have many things, I choose well and make sure it lasts. Quality not quantity.

    Check out Agneta Bugyte’s designs here!

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  • Jo Saunders’ Design Story

    On: September 10, 2019
    In: Design stories
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    Jo Saunders Design is a printed accessories company based in East Sussex celebrating the joyful beauty of colour, pattern, shape and form. The range comprises of bags, pouches, make up bags, cushions, purses and more with emphasis on immaculate make and finish. We caught up with Jo to find out more about her bags and inspirations.

    If  you  weren’t  a  designer-maker,  what  would  you  be  right  now?
    I have always fancied puppet making as I love working on tiny detail – think Fantastic Mr Fox and Isle of Dogs – amazing hand crafted detail.

    When  did  you  realise  you  wanted  to  be  a  designer?
    I grew up expecting to be tinkering in a shed at the bottom of the garden – and I’m not far off with a room in my home!

    Describe  your  work  in  three  words.
    Colour. Pattern. Joy.

    Are  there  any  other  designers  whose  work  you  admire,  and  why?
    I saw “The Snail” by Matisse at the Pompidou Centre on a school trip aged 10 and time stood still for me. That set the seed for the style of Art and Design that has interested me ever since. I admire Marimekko for their distinctive, clean crisp, uncompromising style. And, closer to home I love Maxine Sutton for her sensitive and textural work. I have followed Fashion designers in my career more than textiles actually so I have to mention Dries Van Noten for just getting it right every time.

    What  do  you  do  in  your  free  time?
    Hang out with my family. Athough I’m likely to be in my studio if I have any “free” time, that’s the good thing and the bad thing about having a studio in your home.

    What’s  one  thing  you  like  to  do  everyday  without  fail?
    Exhale loudly as I fall into bed at night!

    What  brings  you  the  greatest  satisfaction?
    My next piece of work.

    What’s  the  best  advice  you  have  been  given?
    A delivery problem is better than a sales problem.

    What’s  the  best  gift  you  have  ever  received?
    Anything that my daughter makes for me – one favourite is a teeny tiny clay book with teeny tiny hand written pages.

    What  is  your  favourite  quote?
    Start. Start with fear. Start with pain. Just start. (It came at the right time and I guess that’s why I was open to it).

    What  is  in  your  bucket  list?
    I would love to produce a collection of prints or collages. A studio at the bottom of my garden would be amazing. A dog would be a great addition to our family.

    What  is  the  best  piece  you  have  bought  and  from  whom?
    I bought two matching Murano glass vases from a flea market years ago and still feel pleased with myself every time I look at them!

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  • Quinta Essenza’s Design Story

    On: September 10, 2019
    In: Design stories
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    Roberta Pederzoli from Quinta Essenza designs textured and tactile jewellery, recreating a sensation of fairy-tale elegance and enchantment by delicately brushing colours over her works: black, white and gold. Her jewellery is inspired by natural and organic shapes, in particular by lichens, wood and interesting forms she observes during her walks. We caught up with Roberta to find out more about her bags and inspirations.

    If  you  weren’t  a  designer-maker,  what  would  you  be  right  now?
    I would like to be what I am a designer-maker. This is my second career and I love what I am doing.

    When  did  you  realise  you  wanted  to  be  a  designer?
    It was few years ago, when I was playing with my daughter in a park in Italy, making necklaces by joining daisies together, as I used to do as a child. I suddenly realised I wanted to learn how to make jewellery.

    Describe  your  work  in  three  words.
    Simplicity, attention to detail and enchantment. I asked a dear friend to describe my jewellery, as it is difficult to be emotionally detached from your own work and she said: elegant, regal and original.

    Are  there  any  other  designers  whose  work  you  admire,  and  why?
    Goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja who is able to create extremely elegant and sophisticated jewellery by using gold threads. Each piece is a statement, you just need one of his jewellery and a simple black dress to look like a queen.

    What  do  you  do  in  your  free  time?
    I love walking and listen to music.

    What’s  one  thing  you  like  to  do  everyday  without  fail?
    Making jewellery. When I am working with metals, things do not go always the way I am expecting, after an initial frustration my mind starts wondering and initiates a problem solving process. This opens the door to more creativity and original work. Overcoming the fear of failure is paramount in creative process.

    What  brings  you  the  greatest  satisfaction?
    Two things without a specific order: working on new jewellery pieces when listen to classical music and chatting with my children at breakfast when we are not in a rush.

    What’s  the  best  advice  you  have  been  given?
    Follow your dreams.

    What’s  the  best  gift  you  have  ever  received?
    A gold bracelet with ruby given to me by my mother. She received it as a present from my father but she remembered when I was a child I used to love it.

    What  is  your  favourite  quote?
    Carpe diem.

    What  is  in  your  bucket  list?
    I love travelling. There are still several places I would like to visit.

    What  is  the  best  piece  you  have  bought  and  from  whom?
    A brooch in an antique shop.

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  • Lauren Grace’s Design Story

    On: October 28, 2018
    In: Design stories
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    London based jeweller Lauren Grace creates beautiful, stylish and often playful designs. Using traditional tools and techniques, each piece of jewellery is designed and created by hand in Lauren’s studio, using recycled precious metals wherever possible and ethically sourced gemstones. Lauren’s jewellery is inspired by childhood memories, art and decorative pattern and she creates jewellery for those who appreciate fine craftsmanship with a quirky edge. We caught up with Lauren to find out more about her jewellery and inspirations.

    If  you  weren’t  a  designer-maker,  what  would  you  be  right  now?
    As  a  child  I  alternated  between  wanting  to  be  a  fighter  pilot  and  a  lawyer.    I  suspect  lawyer  is  the  more  realistic  option!

    When  did  you  realise  you  wanted  to  be  a  designer?
    I’ve  always  been  creative,  but  it  was  a  jewellery  class  run  by  our  woodwork  teacher  in  the  sixth form  that  made  me  realise  that  working  with  metal  was  my  thing.

    Describe  your  work  in  three  words.
    Playful,  timeless,  ethical.

    Are  there  any  other  designers  whose  work  you  admire,  and  why?
    So  many!  Jewellery  by  Jenny  Llewellyn  (I  love  her  unique  style  and  use  of  coloured  silicone),  furniture  and  woodwork  by  Gavin  Coyle  (beautiful  craftsmanship  and  wonderful  bespoke  designs),  photography  by  Steve  Brown  (wonderful  combination  of  lighting  expertise  and  post-production  technique),  and  ceramics  by  Abalon  Star  (I  love  the  delicate  porcelain  with  gold  detail).

    What  do  you  do  in  your  free  time?
    On  my  rare  days  off,  I  enjoy  photography  and  hanging  out  with  my  cats.    Yoga  and  running  get  me  away  from  the  workbench  and  keep  me  sane.

    What’s  one  thing  you  like  to  do  everyday  without  fail?
    I  like  to  get  some  fresh  air  by  commuting  to  the  studio  and  running  errands  on  my  bicycle.    Well,  as  fresh  as  the  air  gets  in  London  anyway!

    What  brings  you  the  greatest  satisfaction?
    Finishing  a  bespoke  piece  for  a  client  and  having  them  tell  me  I  totally  nailed  the  brief  and  they  love  it.

    What’s  the  best  advice  you  have  been  given?
    If  you  want  to  be  good  at  something  you  need  to  practice  it.  That  or  life  is  too  short  to  stuff  a  vegetable.  Both  pieces  of  advice  have  been  equally  useful  during  my  life!

    What’s  the  best  gift  you  have  ever  received?
    For  my  18th  birthday,  my  friend  Kate  gave  me  a  photo  album  that  she  had  made  with  photos  of  me,  my  family  and  friends  from  throughout  my  life.  She  had  been  through  all  my  baby  and  school  photos  with  my  mum  and  written  little  notes  about  each  one. My  mum  also  recently  made  me  an  album  of  childhood  photographs  for  my  40th  birthday  and  I  love  them  both!

    What  is  your  favourite  quote?
    Pour  yourself  a  drink,  put  on  some  lipstick  and  pull  yourself  together͟ –  Elizabeth  Taylor

    What  is  in  your  bucket  list?
    Conquering  my  fear  of  flying  (and  giant  spiders)  enough  to  get  on  a  plane  to  Australia.  I  have  family  there  so  would  love  to  visit.

    What  is  the  best  piece  you  have  bought  and  from  whom?
    Whilst  I  don’t  often  have  the  chance  to  buy  lovely  things  (all  of  my  money  goes  on  jewellery  tools  and  sparkly  gemstones!)  my  favourite  is  a  glass  pendant  light  which  hangs  in  my  hallway.  I  bought  it  from  a  designer  that  exhibited  at  Handmade Chelsea  a  few  years  back  but  can’t  remember  their  name!

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  • Barbara Yarde’s Design Story

    On: July 25, 2018
    In: Design stories
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    With inspirations from travelling such as India, Morocco, Egypt and London. Barbara Yarde’s uses the combination of
    18ct gold, sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones. Find our more about Barbara in this short interview.

    If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?
    A buyer for a fashion house or a chef

    When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?
    I always knew I wanted to design but for a long time I was not sure how to go about it.

    Describe your work in three words.
    Unique, handmade and lovely

    Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?
    The paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, because of the dark mood.

    What do you do in your free time?
    See family, friends, travel, go to parks and museums

    What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?
    Have breakfast

    What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
    Doing what I do now

    What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Don’t give up, the best is yet to come

    What’s the best gift you have ever received?
    Membership to the V & A museum

    What is your favourite quote?
    Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring!

    What is in your bucket list?
    Travel, travel and more travel

    What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?
    A DAW Eames chair

    Check out Barbara Yarde’s designs here!

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  • Amelia Newton’s Design Story

    On: July 20, 2018
    In: Design stories
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    Tornedge is a partnership between two sisters-in-law Amelia and Anna Newton. They have complementary design styles and have produced a range of beautiful silk and woollen scarves, vibrant velvet cushions and handmade embossed prints. We caught up with Amelia to find out more about one half of this fab design duo.

    If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?
    I could not be anything else.

    When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?
    As a teenager.

    Describe your work in three words.
    Vibrant, striking, timeless.

    Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?
    Margo Selby – for the ability to reinvent her ideas and be both fresh and recognisable, and for her business acumen.

    What do you do in your free time?
    Gardening, mountaineering.

    What’s one thing you like to do every day without fail?
    Eat something healthy.

    What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
    Designing new products/people appreciating my designs.

    What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Persist.

    What’s the best gift you have ever received?
    A ceramic sculpture of a sheep.

    What is your favourite quote?
    “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool”.- Shakespeare

    What is in your bucket list?
    Too many items to list.

    What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?
    A small wooden sculpture by a famous Polish sculptor Marcin Rząsa.

    Check out Tornedge’s designs here!

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  • Richard Shock’s Design Story

    On: July 18, 2018
    In: Design stories
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    Woodturner Richard Shock became a member of Oxfordshire Craft Guild in 2003 mainly uses British native woods, increasingly from local sources. He left his job in 2005 to become a full time turner and after was accepted on the Register of Professional Turners, under the auspices of Worshipful Company of Turners. He was also accepted as a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and of the Oxforshire Craft Guild. We caught up with Richard to find out more about his work, ambitions and interests.

    If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?

    I would just be a retired chemical engineer probably doing some consultancy and probably making more money than I am now but having less fun.

    When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?

    When I took up woodturning as a hobby at the age of 50 and quickly realised that being a designer-maker was becoming an obsession.

    Describe your work in three words.
    Simple, dramatic striking (These are taken from unsolicited testimonials).

    Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?

    In my own field Les Thorne for his innovation and infective enthusiasm, Gary Rance for his skill at spindle turning, and Joey Richardson for the beauty of her creations. Among other media Kyosun Jung (for whom I have made supporting work) for her skill as a silversmith, Andrew Hazelden for his beautifully decorated ceramics, and almost anyone who works in glass.

    What do you do in your free time?
    Turning has become such an obsession that I don’t have much spare time but I read a lot of history and my wife and I like to travel (a relic of my last employment, in international climate change issues).

    What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?
    Apart form turning a bowl, make contact with my new grandson.

    What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
    Sales of my work in galleries – it’s not the money (in fact with the gallery commission, which I do not begrudge, I get less than from a direct sale) but the fact that a stranger, who does not know who I am, has fallen for my work among all the other work on sale.

    What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Look at the work of makers in other media.

    What’s the best gift you have ever received?
    A good education.

    What is your favourite quote?
    “Never in the field of human conflict …”

    What is in your bucket list?
    There are plenty of places where we have not been (See 5 above) especially in South America.

    What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?
    A glass bowl that we bought years ago at an Affordable Art Fair. I am kicking myself for passing on the chance to buy one of the last pieces made by the late, great turner Bert Marsh.

    Photo Credit: Agness Lukovska

    Take a look at Richard’s latest designs.

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  • John Eadon’s Design Story

    On: March 8, 2018
    In: Design stories
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    After graduating from art school, John Eadon found himself increasingly working with wood, eventually picking up enough skills and interest to create bespoke furniture. Now a fully-fledged designer-maker with his own collection, we caught up with him to chat about his work, dreams and inspirations.

    Handmade: If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?
    John: Being a Designer Maker started off from trying to be an Artist and not happy with being a Carpenter, so perhaps an Artist, but I’ve always been drawn to gardening, so maybe a Garden Designer?

    Handmade: Describe your work in three words.
    John: Clean Lines Furniture.

    Handmade: Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?
    John: Gareth Neal, he looks back and forward and experiments with both.
    Russel Pinch, elegant and timeless quality designs.
    Hans J Wegner, So many design classics! Took a seed of inspiration and turned it into an undeniable Wegner design.

    Handmade: What do you do in your free time?
    John: My work is never far from my mind, that is the reality with being a designer maker, sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes not, always seeking inspiration. Other than that, spending time with my young family and our friends is very important to me.

    Handmade: What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?
    John: Wake up.

    Handmade: What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
    John: Creating something, taking and exploring an idea and realising a design, but most of all that it works.

    Handmade: What’s the best advice you have been given?
    John: “Sometimes it is about a bit of good luck, but you have to put yourself in as many situations as you can so that good luck has a better chance of finding you.”

    Handmade: What’s the best gift you have ever received?
    John: Here we go… My two daughters!

    Handmade: What is your favourite quote?
    John: One that has always stuck in my mind is attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”.

    Handmade: What is in your bucket list?
    John: Create a design icon (although you won’t succeed if you try to). Design something for a main avenue garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

    Check out John Eadon’s designs here.

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  • Isabelle Capitain’s Design Story

    On: March 8, 2018
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    Isabelle Capitain has always been fascinated with making her own jewellery, and worked for other designers before starting her business. We spent 10 minutes with Isabelle to find little bit more about her.

    Handmade: If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?
    Isabelle: If I weren’t a designer maker I would hopefully be working in a different creative profession. After finishing my A-Levels I toyed with the idea of studying photography at art school.

    Handmade: Describe your work in three words.
    Isabelle: Minimalist, contemporary, technical.

    Handmade: Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?
    Isabelle: My favourite jewellery designers are Ingo Henn and McCaul Goldsmiths. Style wise they’re miles apart, but their skill levels are admirable and inspiring.

    Handmade: What do you do in your free time?
    Isabelle: I go to a lot of gigs and like a good book.

    Handmade: What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?
    Isabelle: I’m terrible if I’m not being fed chocolate on a regular basis.

    Handmade: What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
    Isabelle: A happy customer and a newly mastered skill.

    Handmade: What’s the best gift you have ever received?
    Isabelle: My Dalek mug.

    Handmade: What is your favourite quote?
    Isabelle: “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly… timey-wimey… stuff.” 10th Doctor, Dr Who

    Handmade: What is in your bucket list?
    Isabelle: A visit to Tokyo.

    Handmade: What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?
    Isabelle: My tattoos, they’ll stay with me forever. I especially love the Max Ernst inspired pieces on my arm, done by Michele L’Abbate at Family Business Tattoos.

    Discover Isabelle’s latest collection here.

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