Wooden bowls are very simple things but they also have the capacity to be very meaningful. This bowl was made by George Lailey "the last bowlturner" who died in 1958 and was the inspiration behind my work. It is a joy to use and all the nicer because it has already seen 60 years hard use. Wooden bowls when made for use like this age beautifully, no bowl made on an electric lathe, sanded and sealed will have the vitality that this bowl has. This is what I am seeking in my work and hoping that my customers will enjoy using their bowls every day and seeing them develop in their character.
Here are a couple of porringers sent out in the post yesterday, I have recently changed my packaging, after 17 years of recycling wine boxes from the supermarket I have realised that a 40p new box makes people feel very different about the contents and that is important. There is a bit of me that still struggles with the fact that there is too much discarded packaging in the world but I have to make a living and the fact is folk feel very different having spent £70 on a pair of bowls if they open this package than if they open a scratty wine box. I pack them with wood shavings.
I was just sent a link to this blog talking about a glass bowl, some of the words I thought were wonderful and I wish had been written about my work, here they are;
"Suh’s vessel is to my mind a perfect response to our contemporary condition, in which so much of what we experience is offered up as fleeting images accessed with our fingertips through glossy glass surfaces. Now more than ever, we need fully-formed, three-dimensional objects such as this that we can engage to remind us that we are human, and to connect us with the gestures of our distant past."
bowls I currently have available.