Sunday, 20 December 2015

Reminiscing about Copenhagen...

It's been so warm here in Bristol, I don't feel even slightly wintery.  I was thinking back to November last year when I visited Denmark for an enamelling workshop and had time to explore a cold, rainy but beautiful Copenhagen...

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Place Making


"As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community."  by Project for Public Spaces:

Back in 2012, I was given the opportunity to explore what placemaking means to me, and to test the potential benefit that a Maker can bring to the process.  We spent two days at the fascinating Chatham Dockyard working with other makers, architects and students on a capsule project initiated by the Crafts Council.  Our brief was very open, and working in teams of three; one maker, one architect and one student, we explored;
  • How can the specialist understanding of materials and skills influence the built environment?
  • What does the meaning of preciousness or consideration of scale have on making a place special?
  • What impact can creative input have on local distinctiveness within place?
  • What kinds of places and communities can emerge from these collaborations?


We found ourselves looking for and identifying things that made Chatham 'distinctive', which wasn't hard in such a rich historical industrial site. The plethera of industrial relics appealed to my inner gadget- making child and I had to supress urges to start making some sort of motorised floating den... 

What also fascinates me about industrial architecture is the relationship between the building's form and its function; each window and roof facet fulfiling a specific role for the activity happening in and around it. The incidental beauty of the building's form and facade is meaninfully purposeful. 

To read more about the project and to watch a short film of the two days, you can visit:

Monday, 2 November 2015

New sculptural wall pieces for SOFA Chicago 2015

After months of development, I shipped three new, sculptural wall pieces to Chicago last week.  They're a development of the Monoscope series I showed at SOFA Chicago 2014, moving in to three dimensions.

I'll be showing with Kirsten Muenster at Contemporary Artifact Gallery Booth 404.

If you're lucky enough to be visiting the show, drop by and say hello to Kirsten and have a look at the pieces in person.

I got some fantastic images of the pieces before they left, so here's a sneak preview of what I'm showing at SOFA Chicago later this week.

And here is some of the work that went in to them....

New pieces for 'My Warehouse Home' magazine's Capsule Collection.

I'm excited to announce the launch of My Warehouse Home magazine's Winter Capsule Collection, which I've created a series of three wall pieces for.  They are available tomorrow through 

The pieces were inspired by a body of work I made for 'Collect' at the Saatchi Gallery, for the Bluecoat Display Centre back in 2012.  The work references historic shipbuilding with diagrams from my shipwright grandfather's workbooks etched in to the surface of metals.

Three circular wall pieces for 'My Warehouse Home' Winter Capsule Collection in copper and brass, each measuring 22cm diameter.  Warehouse Home | Styling by Lucy Gough | Photography by Oliver Perrott
 The full winter capsule collection for My Warehouse Home magazine with talented designers:

BeatWoven @BeatWoven
BLURECO @ala_blureco
Higgs & Crick + Setyard @higgsandcrick 
Katie Brown @katienbrown
Miles Dexter @m_dex1
New North Press @NNPletterpress
Nick Fraser @nickfraseruk
Primary Grey @PrimaryGrey
Stolen Form @StolenForm

Warehouse Home | Styling by Lucy Gough | Photography by Oliver Perrott 

Warehouse Home | Styling by Lucy Gough | Photography by Oliver Perrott

Work in progress back in 2012 when I first started developing this body of work.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Printing, Voltaire & Cheese

Whilst looking through some photos of my visits to Geneva over the last couple of years I found these images of beautiful metal tools in a really wonderful Letterpress museum in Ferney Voltaire (Named after Voltaire, French writer and philosopher. You can also visit his house in the village)

The photos reminded me of the utilitarian beauty of metal, and also of good times eating my favourite local dish, tartiflette.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Richard Serra at the Guggenheim, Bilbao

A recent visit to see Serra's monumental sculptures at the Guggenheim in Bilbao led me to think about the scale of my own metalwork and inspired me to think on more ambitious and industrial scales. 


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