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Digital fabrication in contemporary craft – Webinar hosted by Glenn Adamson

To support the launch of our latest work, the Si02 Vessel ‘1755’ for Masterpiece Art Fair I was invited by Sarah Myerscough to speak with the highly intelligent, if not slightly intimidating, curator and writer Glenn Adamson. I was joined by the brilliant ceramist, Jonathon Keep. Glenn grilled us on our different approaches to digital fabrication within our work and we did our best to answer without breaking into a sweat.

Click here to watch the webinar.

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SiO₂ ‘1755’

The latest piece in our Si02 vessel series. 

This piece, an elongated version of our much loved Twisted Pair, stands just short of 6ft tall. Ever since we delved into the unexplored process of 3D printing in sand we had ambitions to push it to its very limits, just as we would any other craft process.

Playing on the success of our Twisted Pair and it’s figurative references we knew that a life-size version of this piece was next in line. But despite this piece being built by machine, there are always limitations, and the size and scale of this artwork generated many unknowns.

Combining the skills and knowledge of experts we were able to create our dream piece, and are proud to present it for Masterpiece Art Fair 2021. 

For enquires please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

Material: Sand

Dimensions: W60 x H178 x D59 cm

All Images copyright Jan Faukner

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International KOGEI Award – Grand Prize Winner

We are stunned and delighted to share that we’ve been awarded the Grand Prize of the International KOGEI Award in Toyama, Japan. KOGEI awards artisan crafts that inextricably connect both tradition and innovation – and it turns out our SiO2 Twisted Vessel embodies just that!

“The award aims to draw the future vision of crafts by reconsidering the stereotypical concept of traditional crafts once from an unbiased perspective, capturing the global trends in crafts that are becoming more and more borderless and cross-fields.”

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Kingsland Table

The Kingsland Dining Table was designed and made during the first Covid-19 lockdown initially for Gareth’s own family. During an intense period of isolation, this unique piece of furniture is a very personal project for Gareth. Pared back to the very minimum, the table celebrates simplicity and purity of form. The design is honest, allowing the craftsmanship to shine through in the highly executed joint details. An elegant ten-seater, made with family activity and communal dining in mind. This exclusive piece would match well with our other designs such as the Brodgar dining and occasional chairs.

To enquire or to discuss bespoke commissions please contact us or head to The New Craftsmen to make an order.

Material: Pale English Ash (other materials are available on request)
Dimensions: Height: 74cm, Length: 264cm, Width: 80cm

The Kingsland table frame combined with a recycled school tabletop in Gareth’s home

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ANCESTRAL FOSSILS

In 2017 Gareth’s van containing the original Block III was heartbreakingly stolen prior to the work being delivered for PAD. Two years of financial recovery and a renewed search for the perfect piece of timber followed. After an emotional journey Gareth is delighted to unveil the new Block III for PAD 2019

Block III is the third and latest edition of the Ancestral Fossil series.

With a likely future as firewood, Gareth rescued these impractical sections of heartwood and sculpted the knotted, gnarled lumber into two fluid forms through a combination of progressive digital crafting techniques and intricate traditional handwork. The greenwood trunk appears split in two to reveal a modern interpretation of a classical form, drawing this ancestral fossil from history into the contemporary world.

Felled for conservation purposes, these dense hardwood blocks store within them a wealth of CO2. Rescuing these unpractical lumps from being burned not only fossilizes their individual century-old beauty but also captures the carbon within for them life. These sculpted carbon storage units and the rich history captured within their rings are an alternative contribution to the health of our planet.

For enquiries please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery


ENGLISH OAK

HEIGHT: 80cm, DEPTH: 80cm, WIDTH: 43cm


ENGLISH OAK

HEIGHT: 80cm, DEPTH: 37cm, WIDTH: 80cm

Images © James Champion


BLOCK II 2017

CARVED GREEN-OAK, TRADITIONAL SHOU BAN CHARRING

HEIGHT: 43cm, DEPTH: 35cm, WIDTH: 45cm

Images ©Petr Krejci


 

COLONNADE

 

CARVED GREEN-OAK, TRADITIONAL  SHOU SUGI BAN CHARRING

WIDTH: 132cm, DEPTH: 36cm, HEIGHT: 43cm

Images © James Champion

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Flat Fish

The Flat Fish is the fourth and latest edition in the Si02 series. Gareth employs a new technique of 3D printing and continues to stretch the limits of printing in raw sand.

The vessel captures an act of digital manipulation in physical space. The perplexing form unites a plethora of vessels within one singular object. It appears to warp and stretch before your eyes, the waved grooves twisting and bending like lines in the sand.

For enquires please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

Material: Sand

Dimensions: W140 x H62 x D27 cm

All Images copyright Jan Faukner

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Blame the Tools Symposium

On October 8th Gareth was invited to take part in the symposium ‘Blame the Tools: Crafty Robots, Well-behaved Implements and Disobedient Devices’ run by the Research department at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon College of Arts. The symposium brought together a breadth of practitioners and academics from across disciplines to share their understanding of the tool from multiple viewpoints. Gareth’s talk explored the arguments for and against machine-based design practice.

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

 

After months of lockdown with art galleries being forced to close their doors, we wondered when we would be able to show our work again in the flesh. We are very grateful that the team at the Royal Academy stood strong and persisted with putting on their annual Summer Exhibition, despite having to postpone it for 4 months through extremely uncertain times. Our largest Twisted Vessel is standing proud alongside a huge variety of artworks and will be on show until the 3rd January 2021.

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Stitched Sideboard

Photo by Harry Crowder

The Stitched Sideboard is a collaboration between embroidery and braiding specialist Aimee Betts and furniture designer-maker Gareth Neal. Commissioned by The New Craftsmen and exclusively handmade by luxury cabinet makers, Lydiates in Herefordshire. The cabinet embodies craftsmanship and the sensitive approach to collaboration between two highly skilled craftspeople.

The Stitched Sideboard is a four-door sideboard made with hand-braided front and side panels using a combination of tonal coloured cords. The finely spaced stitchwork holds the individually milled slats in position and allows for the structure of the woodwork to deliberately be seen, both internally and externally whilst the considered cabinetry in solid Ash provides the perfect framework for the intricate needlework. The sideboard has two internal shelves that reference traditional haberdashery display cabinets and the doors are finished with luxury brass hardware and hand-milled brass handles.

The stitching, reminiscent of rows of wishbones, has been meticulously hand-braided by Aimee, using a combination of leather, hemp and waxed cotton cords, to a distinctive Ash panel frame. The doors and side panels are specifically designed to incorporate Aimee’s stitching techniques – each of the dowels and batons are cut to size by hand and held in place by the cords.

For enquires, specifications and bespoke options please visit The New Craftsmen.

 

 

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V&A acquires the Brodgar Chair

We are delighted to finally be able to share the acquisition of our Brodgar Occasional Chair by the V&A. The collaborative piece, made together with Kevin Gauld, is now on permanent display in the Furniture Gallery alongside two beautifully crafted traditional Orkney chairs that have been housed in the V&A for sometime. We are honoured and couldn’t be prouder that our contemporary version will join them on show for years to come. 

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