Q&A Toby Cotterill


Welcome back to Sale Arts Trail!
Thank you!

Did you exhibit last years SAT?
I did. Had a great weekend exhibiting with some talented makers and artists in Sophie Nixon-Clark’s garden.

What have you been up to since last years trail?
Excitingly I’ve been selected by Craft Council to be part of Hothouse, a programme of support for emerging makers. I’ve been on quite a journey in the last few months, developing my professional and business skills.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I’ve just finished a couple of pairs of wedding rings (which is always such an honour) and I’ve also been making some unique earrings to match a BIG neckpiece I sold last year. In the past couple of weeks I’ve had a major sort out in the workshop and ring fenced some Time- the ultimate luxury- to get inspired and begin some new work.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I’m working on a new collection at the moment, the beginnings of which will be unveiled at Sale Arts Trail. I’m really enjoying this process of developing new work, which has included behind-the-scenes research trips to museums to look at natural history specimens. My work tends to evolve on the workbench, supported by material experimentation and sketchbook work.

Toby at bench.-2


What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I’ll be exhibiting with stone carver Nick Roberson.

What would be your superpower and why?

Apart from saving the world etc it has to be the ability to fly. I occasionally have very vivid dreams where I can fly, and at the time it is completely real and feels amazing.

When you aren’t working what do you do?

Mainly looking after my children! I’m very lucky to have a flexible career which allows me to enjoy time with them while they’re young (4 and 2). We live in the beautiful South Pennines (in Hebden Bridge) and I love introducing them to the great outdoors. Our favourite walk is up to the Honesty Box cafe, basically a shed on a farm between woods and moors. It stocks tea, coffee and most importantly, ice cream, and you leave change in a big metal box with a slot in the top.
I am also a fell runner, and get out into the hills several times a week (without the kids, there are limits).

Tell us something we don’t know

In August I will be running 70 miles of Hadrian’s Wall, from Carlisle to Newcastle, in a day. I’m doing it with a couple of friends, and we’re raising money for charity, the thought of which will help us to keep going when our bodies are really really hurting.



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