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Process

This section is intended to give some insight into my processes and ideas. It contains more background information, thoughts and methods and will be updated from time to time.

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I worked for 15 years as a designer. From that background it follows that my approach to my current work is considered, pre-emptive, measured, calculated. The ideas are sketched, modelled and drafted, sometimes using the computer skills I have developed over the last 15 years. Then finally, having worked out the details, committed the design to mind, I put aside these references, take my materials and begin to make.

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The Craftsman strives to produce perfection, ever mindful that the recipient may recognise and be enriched by such attention.  That somehow it will touch that person and a connection may be formed, conscious or otherwise.

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In making a piece I try to keep a person in mind. Not any one particular individual, but an archetype, a category of person. Someone whom I could envisage being comfortable with a piece and who may appreciate a particular feature or emotion I am trying to convey.

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The success of a piece is a function of many things.  Has the recipient recognised the particular aspects I am trying to express? Are they able to project something of their own experiences into the piece? Do they recognise something outside of my immediate sources of influence within the work? Do they have an emotional connection with the piece?  Do they match the archetype I was envisaging during the making?  Do they indeed contradict the archetype and therefore teach me something new about how the work is perceived/received and with whom the work is connecting?

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I come from a background of makers and from a region noted for its industrial and craft heritage. My parents both engage in crafts. My grandfathers were both woodworkers. My paternal grandfather was a particularly skilled cabinetmaker and restorer of furniture. He used to joke that he’d forgotten more than he still knew. The lessons I learned from him will remain with me for ever.

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