Upon opening the doors to my workshop early in the morning, light fills the space and falls on racks of wood and tools stored along the walls. The distinct aroma of oak lingers in the air, an unmistakable fragrance. In the distance bird song filters through as I approach the workbench. Soft curly shavings gently drift across the floor as I move amongst them. I have been captivated by an idea and am excited to see where it will lead. Up to this point drawings and watercolour sketches have been the medium for an idea, but now, here in the workshop, I begin to realise my dreams.
In 2006 I embarked on a journey of discovery to find my calling in life. At the time I experimented with various media during an Art & Design Foundation course, settling on 3D design at Falmouth College of Art in Cornwall. This led me to train in bench joinery as a staircase maker from 2008-2012, near my home in South Wales. This is where I found my vocation in life - working with wood.
I decided to broaden my skills and merge my art foundation background with my love of wood; and in 2013, I was accepted on the Design and Make course at the Rycotewood Furniture Centre, Oxford, U.K. Here I found the freedom to express myself through design and created a body of work.
In 2014 I won the Alan Peter's Award for Excellence with my 'Spires Dreaming' console table, inspired by St. Mary's church in Oxford, UK. I exhibited this piece at the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design in Cheltenham that year.
And it was during my first year at Rycotewood that I met the furniture designer-maker Philip Koomen, his workshop based near Henley-On-Thames where I worked part-time, in parallel with my studies at Rycotewood. In May 2016 I received the prestigious QEST scholarship award, to further my training with Philip and learn integral aspects to running a successful craft business.
Recently I have been accepted onto the Society of Designer Craftsmen, of which I am delighted to be a licentiate member. I look forward to meeting the other members and exhibiting work along side theirs in the coming years.
I also continue to develop my own personal design style and take on commissions from private clients at my studio workshop in Swansea, South Wales.
If you would like to get in touch regarding a future project, or want to know more about the work on this site, you can send me a message through the contact link above. I would be delighted to hear from you.