Angus Clyne is a woodturner living and working in rural Perthshire, producing wooden vessels and sculptures using native woods from his workshop and showroom in Murthly, his work is also available from galleries throughout the UK.
"I was brought up on the North West coast of Scotland and being diagnosed at an early age with dyslexia was never going to have an academic career. Having originally applied for an illustration course at Carlisle College of Art I was talked into studying Fine Art. Realising I had made a mistake after a short time I then spent several years travelling and working abroad doing various jobs along the way including; joiner/carpenter, professional busker, fisherman and running my own restaurant.
I eventually returned to my original interest in the arts and combining it with a long family tradition of woodworking became a professional woodturner in 1998. I am mostly self taught and have developed my own tools and techniques along the way to suit my needs. All the wood I use is locally sourced from windblown or dead trees. It is important to the way I work that I am involved with the wood from the very start, this influences my decision making as I continually reassess how best to use the wood.
Over the years I have concentrated on making bowls and vases these have often been very large thin walled vessels giving priority to form and the natural grain of the wood. My work today has become more design orientated and is often carved, distressed and burnt. By combining the inspiration I get from my local surroundings with the work I produce I am continually seeking new and original ways to make a connection between myself, my experiences, the work and the viewer."
As well as regularly selling through Scottish Galleries, Clyne's work has been included in many significant exhibitions over the years. He have a piece of work in the permanent crafts collection at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead and exhibited at the Scottish Parliament. He was also chosen to exhibit at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles in 2005.
Year Established: April 1997