It’s been a long while since my last blog post. Things have been pretty busy in the workshop, finishing off speculative pieces, working on commissions and continuing my product development and material experiments. I was back on familiar territory in August though, launching my newest exhibition piece at Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design (CCD) in Cheltenham.
My Piper sideboard is the most substantial piece to feature my peppercorn surfaces, and it made quite a statement at the show, gaining a lot of positive feedback and raising a few eyebrows along the way. It even managed to impress the judging panel for the Furniture Makers’ Company Design Award, earning itself a high commendation (to go alongside the one which Sika earned last year) and giving me the chance to have a pic and a chat with the Master of the Guild herself, Dids Macdonald, whom I’d met at New Designers a couple of years ago. Most encouraging though were the comments given by the judges about my piece:
“Excellence in making technique is enhanced by an innovative surface decoration. The fine detail of the door handles is echoed by subtle inlays on the sideboard top”.
The piece will be formally launched at the Decorex show in London’s Olympia in early October, if you want to see it in the flesh.