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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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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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HACK CHAIR SERIES

 

 

A robotic 6 axis CNC arm, an extension of the craftsman’s hand and tacit knowledge, is programmed to hack a block of oak. By exploring the weaknesses, glitches, fractures, splits and rings of time stored within, a distorted Georgian archetype is extracted. Carving an artefact, a render, that could never have existed until the moment it was hacked. Charred to preserve it for another century.

The Hack Chair II is a continuation of Gareth’s conceptually rigorous research into digital crafting techniques.

For enquiries please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery

HACK CHAIR II

Carved green-oak, traditional Shou Sugi Ban charring

Width: 48 cm
Depth: 40 cm
Height: 97 cm


HACK CHAIR

Carved green-oak, traditional Shou Sugi Ban charring

Height: 97 cm, Width: 37 cm, Depth: 40 cm

All images ©Petr Krejci

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SiO₂

With each iteration of the vessel, Gareth tests the limits of craft, both in materiality and human perception.

15 years on from the production of his first vessel, but wanting to challenge the ever-changing boundaries of digital manufacturing and its relationship to craft still, Gareth employs a new technique of 3D printing.

Despite consistent progress in digital CNC manufacturing, there are still limitations. In a bold move Gareth steps away from his expert material, wood, and for the first time explores the possibilities of another raw material, sand. The fluid, yet solid substrate allows for endless configurations, giving Gareth the opportunity to materialise designs he once could only dream about.

Gareth believes the machine to be an extension of the human hand, and that the eradication of the chisel does not deduct from the craftsmanship deeply rooted within every stage of the production of these vessels.

For enquires please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

TWISTED PAIR

SAND

HEIGHT: 65 cm


MIRRORED PAIR

SAND

HEIGHT: 90 cm


 

 

TWISTED VESSEL

SAND

HEIGHT: 40 cm

All Images copyright James Champion

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George

Inspired by the traditional 1780’s George III commode, we have reinterpreted its design for a contemporary audience. Our latest edition of the George Chest in Ash is produced by a series of rectilinear cuts. The design has a rugged sophistication and the commode is seemingly emerging from the carved fragmented block of wood. The design was achieved through the combination of a computer-controlled routing machine and hand-carving techniques, merging notions of history, traditional craft, and contemporary design.

 The George Chest was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2013 and is on display in their permanent furniture collection.
For enquiries please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery 

GEORGE CHEST OF DRAWERS

ASH

Width: 109 cm, Depth: 51 cm, Height: 81 cm

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VES-EL

American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture initiated The Wish List, an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum during London Design Festival. It brought together a stellar list of architects and designers for a unique collaborative project. We were excited to be paired with Zaha Hadid, who’s brief was simple and open: to create tableware made from wood. We approached the project by thinking about the fluid dynamic of Zaha Hadid’s designs. These original forms were inspired by traditional water carafes and the language of her work. We were keen to engage with Hadid’s advanced computer modelling software, pushing the boundaries of digital craftsmanship further. As the design progressed, we became interested in the idiosyncrasies of traditional hand processes such as hand thrown pottery, raised silverware, or fluted carving, and how these could be simulated through digital fabrication. Using the traditional vessel form as a starting point and subverting its appearance to dramatic extremes, the design embodies a sense of the handmade through the arm of a robot, questioning the viewer’s perception of craft and the handmade.

 

VES-EL was the winner of The Wood Awards Bespoke Category in 2015.

 

http://www.zaha-hadid.com/2014/09/16/the-wish-list-project-zaha-hadid-and-gareth-neal/
http://www.americanhardwood.org/news-events/the-wish-list/projects/hadid-neal/
https://www.benchmarkfurniture.com/

 

For enquiries please contact Sarah Myerscough Gallery

 

 

VES-EL, LOW

EBONISED OAK


VES-EL, TALL

EBONISED OAK

HEIGHT: 755mm


VES-EL, MEDIUM 

OAK

HEIGHT: 34 cm

All images ©Petr Krejci

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Jack

At 2.2 meters tall, this 3 drawer cabinet in English sycamore was designed to honour cabinet making, with a subtle subversion of traditional frame and panels. The pieces celebrate’s craftsmanship in every detail, from hand, cut dovetail joints to fielded Cedar draw bottoms. It was our intention to create a cabinet that had a classical appearance but with a form previously unseen, to demonstrate Gareth’s original training as a cabinet maker and the quality of the studios design and making skills.

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JACK CABINET

DIMENSIONS

Width: 53 cm
Depth: 40 cm
Height: 220 cm

For enquiries please contact The New Craftsmen

All images ©Petr Krejci

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Anne Chair

Anne Chair

American walnut

 

The Anne Period marked a shift in British Furniture design. Based on a traditional 1730 Queen Anne side table and chair, we designed a contemporary linear version in American Walnut. The chairs design is subtle, only in certain angles and lights is the concept evident. It was originally made by hand with a small bench saw to prove that digital fabrication tools are not always necessary. Both the Anne Table and Chairs promote the craft and skills of the handmade in an ever growing world of mass production.

 

The pair of Anne Chairs were exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and are now featured in the Shipley Art Gallery, a contemporary art collection in Gateshead, Newcastle.
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Certainty

Certainty: The New George

Ebonized Oak and Nero Marquina marble top

DIMENSIONS
Width:1022mm
Depth: 582mm
Height:813mm

Exploring the limits and possibilities of CNC fabrication, Certainty celebrates the culmination of a body of work that spans over a decade. The essence of the design for this pair remains a Georgian chest of drawers, re-interpreted and re-contextualized in a contemporary, digital world. Within a process of fluid interchange between handcraftsmanship and digital tools, Certainty establishes itself as discrete, individual, unique objects. Fixed in time, it encapsulates a precise moment of a design process, fusing traditional carving techniques and digitally automated tool paths. Both technologies hide in the background of this black beauty, whose sinuous curves exude perfection. The opulence of the complex geometric form stands out but they are tamed and subdued by the ebonized finish of the oak and silky polished marble.

For enquiries please contact Todd Merill Studio

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