The box pictured is made of beach, African black wood, resin and coated copper. It is 14cm high, 17cm long and 5 cm wide.
I make boxes in different kinds of wood and metal. I often use hard wood such as beach, elm and ebony , but I will use any wood when it suits the purpose. The metal is usually copper or aluminium.
The boxes are all functional, although they are not made for any specific use. I aim for a very simple look.
I collect my materials at the beach, I find things in charity shops, which I can recycle or I buy from new. Combining materials is important, even essential, for me as well as working with form, proportion, surface, colour and texture. I am always looking for materials to use, at the moment I am trying to cast cement, I have for a long time been casting resin. The boxes are the result of playing with the different methods and possibilities.
The patination of the metal is achieved through heat, especially copper is very sensitive to heat and will change the surface both in colour and in texture.
I start with an idea or a drawing of the box I want to make, but it changes during the process. I may add other materials or use other techniques than first thought. I enjoy the process and the silent language of materials.
I trained and worked as a potter in Denmark before coming to Scotland 13 years ago. I now have my studio at Coburg www.coburghouseartstudios.co.uk
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