Q&A Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors

One last Q&A for this years Sale Arts Trail from the Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors who you will find at Venue W Walton Park. They will be demonstrating throughout the day from 11-4 today.

Just a note on your travels over to that area of the trail on the Bridgewater canal near Walton Park  check out art on a barge from the Artism Society of Artists and get refreshments from The Brew Boat next door.

Tim Burgess

Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Wood.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Sculpting logs with chainsaws.

Do you have any design heroes?

Bob King from Seattle.

Where is your studio?
Rostherne.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Noisy, sawdust, Radio 2 on headphones, off cuts.

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

Preparing for the RHS show.

Michele Burgess

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail? 

Chain saw carving at Walton Park, Sale.

Tell us something we don’t know

I take part to chainsaw carving competitions all around the world.

Thank you to Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors!

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Q&A Gemma Truman

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Gemma Truman

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

My primary material is glass, which I first work hot from a furnace using glass blowing techniques, then work cold using finishing and polishing processes.
Most of the pieces are then completed with some complimentary woven or crocheted rope work.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Intriguing, quietly striking and colourful

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Do you have any design heroes?

I actually don’t. I am far more drawn to an individual piece of work and how it effects or provokes me rather than any one persons entire body of work. We cant all agree on everything after all!

Where is your studio?

Truman Keeling Studios, Unit 31, Wellington House, Pollard Street East, Ancoats, Manchester.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Currently? Endless coldworking dispersed with workbench building and studio organising.

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

I am. I’m in the midst of creating an Alice in Wonderland themed piece, to celebrate its 150th Anniversary this year. But its all under wraps until completed, Watch this space!

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Yes

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

My wonderful light catching, colourful, outdoor hung ‘Kiota’
The hung White ‘Kiota’
Lots of fabulously coloured ‘Kiota Michozi’
and my new Soul Bowls.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

At Mitch Canvas’ Studio, Venue F

Tell us something we don’t know

Outside of making and creating, I am a Roller Derby addict. Its a brilliant sport with a great community.

Thank you Gemma!

http://www.gemmatruman.co.uk

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Q&A Ellul Ceramics

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Lisa Ellul

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I create hand built ceramic vessel and forms. I’ve always had a love of nature and been fascinated by the beautiful natural structures and textures found in plants, bark and seed pods. It is this natural theme that inspires my ceramics.
My vessels are constructed from layers of finely rolled tubes or cones of clay. These are organised in a structured formation building the thickness of the vessel wall. Some vessels are multi-layered and hold a solid, weighted volume. Others are simple one-layer vessels resembling seed pods and cones. This method of construction creates an intricate texture and articulation of surface. Surfaces are almost bone like with fossilised leaf patterns or inlayed textures. Simple washes of oxides highlight texture and the occasional use of gold leaf adds a sense of luminosity and luxury.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Sculptural. Unique. Intriguing. Tactile. Textural.

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Do you have any design heroes?

I love the work of so many makers, too many to name! A couple of my favourites are Japanese jeweller Mariko Sumioka and American ceramist Diana Fayt.

Where is your studio?

I work from my home studio situated in the beautiful Peak District. I find my garden and surroundings a constant source of inspiration.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Emails, tea, tidy, think, roll out some clay, begin making.

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

This year I’m planning on making some larger scale pieces.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

This will be my first time exhibiting at SAT. Looking forward to it!

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will be exhibiting a range of vessels and small wall pieces.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Venue X with Sarah Thirwell and Wayne Hart.

Tell us something we don’t know

I once worked for a summer in Hong Kong writing trivia questions for a company that designed children’s educational computer games. I learnt a lot about dinosaurs!

http://www.ellulceramics.com

Thank you Lisa!

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Q&A Wayne Hart

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Wayne Hart

What is your practice?

Wayne Hart is an award-winning lettercarver, typographer and sculptor. Seeking to achieve the highest levels of craftsmanship, he is dedicated to creating beautiful inscriptions, low-relief carving and sculptural forms. His designs are skilfully drawn by hand, with lettering, image and form tailored to suit each client’s needs. These are then carved by hand using mallet and chisel, paying the closest attention to detail. Carving in both stone and wood, Hart also works with other materials such as metals, plastics and glass. He works internationally and his work to date has included commemorative gifts, public art projects, memorials, signage and artwork for exhibition.

What five words best describe your work?

Bespoke, quality, award-winning, unique, contemporary

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Do you have any design heroes?

My work is influenced by nature and the artwork of ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians, Aztecs, Myans and Greeks. Modern-day heroes include Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley, Thomas Heatherwick, Tom Perkins and Alan Fletcher.

Where is your studio?

My studio is based in AWOL Studios, Ancoats. I am currently serving a five-month artist residency at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre in Norfolk.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

There is always work to be done!

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

I am currently creating the WW1 memorial to Edith Cavell during a five-month artist residency at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. The memorial will be situated in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral.

I have a number of other exciting commissions, both large-scale and small, and he is creating new works for a number of upcoming exhibitions. Hart is currently exhibiting his piece, The Raven, at Craft Open 2015 at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

Did you exhibit or visit last year’s SAT?

No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will be selling a range of smaller lettered items with one or two larger pieces. All work is being created specially for Sale Arts Trail 2015.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be exhibiting at Sarah Thirwell’s studio.

Tell us something we don’t know

I am a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and the youngest artist to have created work for Westminster Abbey in the recent past.

http://www.awol-studios.co.uk/residents/wayne-hart

Thank you Wayne!

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Q&A Nick Roberson

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Nick Roberson

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Stone carving, sculpture.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Figurative stone carving and sculpture

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Do you have any design heroes?

Pugin

Where is your studio?

In my garden.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Start at 7, dusty long day, physical but rewarding.
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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

The restoration of the Hugh Stawell-Brown statue for the City of Liverpool. Carved in 1860, Toppled and vandalised in the 1980s abandoned in a field for 30 years. New hand, nose, foot and ears.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Yes

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

No

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be demonstrating letter cutting in slate at intervals and encouraging visitors to have a go.
This will take place over the two days ( when I am not talking to visitors )

If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio?

Rebecca Lawley ( silversmith )

Tell us something we don’t know.

Good question, I have just carved a portrait of actor Bill Owen ( comp from last of the summer wine ) for the people of Holmfirth.

http://www.robersonstonecarving.co.uk

Thanks Nick!

Q&A Minikin Emporium

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We have Q&A’s from two local Sale businesses in involved in Sale Arts Trail.

First up Is Minikin Emporium taking part for their second year with two exhibitors Craig McCann from Fishink and Scott Millar.

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What is the name and nature of your business? 

Minikin Emporium. A truely local independent place to be for the people of South Manchester.
A gorgeous and welcoming place to paint pottery, capture baby hand and foot imprints, buy traditional sweets and greeting cards.
Our creative space is the perfect place to chill out and get hands on… We specialise in ceramic painting which is a perfect activity for anyone, any age, any ability. They say the best think about memories is making them… And that’s just what we do at Minikin x
We have an online shop specialising in personalised gifts… you can find our shop on our website http://www.minikindesigns.com

Describe a typical day in 5 words

Fun, Happy, creative, memory making

What artists will be exhibiting with you at SAT?

Scott Millar and Fishink

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Have you got any other event on at your venue for SAT? i.e. workshop? Special exhibitors table? Anyone demonstrating?

During the trail weekend we have a special offer running where people can try their hand at ceramic painting… Paint a cup for the spectacle of only £6.. This includes all paint, glaze and firing!

Was your Business involved in the Sale Arts Trail last year? If it was did you enjoy it?

We were involved in the trail last year, it was such a busy and exiting weekend with so much going on. It was great to see so many people really enjoying the trail and getting to meet so many new people! Hopefully the sun will shine again this year!

Is Sale Arts Trail good for Sale?

It’s fantastic, putting Sale on the map and showcasing the amazing creative talents we have as well as the brilliant independent businesses too.

Tell us something we don’t know

Our kiln fires over 10000 pots every year… It’s the hardest working member of the Minikin team!

Minikin Emporium, 11 Northenden Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 2DH

events@minikin.com

0161 973 6822

http://www.minikindesigns.com

Q&A Julie Harris

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a portrait/people photographer. I work in my own studio as well as on location or in peoples homes. I produce beautiful, natural photographs for people to treasure. I am constantly sourcing different products for my clients and they are always of the highest standards. However, my first love is always Black & White photography and here I try to offer something a bit more gritty and unusual. I use this style within my portrait photography to offer a different look. But mainly I reserve this for my personal work around sale.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Natural, Different, Bespoke & Beautiful.

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Do you have any design heroes?

I love the Magnum photographers, reportage work. Documentary style photographers. Oldies such as W. Eugene Smith & Eugene Atget. My first inspiration as a young art student was definitely Salvador Dali. Most recently I am inspired by the award winning wedding photographer Mark Cleghorn.

Where is your studio?

My Home Studio is on Marsland Road. It is rapidly expanding and currently undergoing
a very exciting modern extension programme.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

There is no such thing as a typical day for me. It can range from: Shooting: anything from a Harp Quartet, a family of 9, wedding cakes, a lawyer, school children or a boudoir session. Editing on the computer, packaging products for delivery. Setting up the studio.
Delivering products, client viewings, client collections, client consultations.
I never get bored, and I love it!

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

I am working on a very exciting project for a local school. Very creative and different. It will make a
huge impact to their building. But is very much hush, hush at the moment, sorry!

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will be selling a range of prints and products of images around sale.
Everything from metal prints, wood prints, canvases, frames & cards.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

My Home Studio on Marsland Road.

If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio?

Yes, I have Ian Chadwick Glass Art.

Tell us something we don’t know

I used to own & ride a Virago 535 motorbike, in all its beautiful black & chrome loveliness.
Perhaps thats where my love of black & white photography was nurtured.

http://www.julieharrisphotography.co.uk

Thank you Julie!

Q&A Dionne Swift

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Dionne Swift

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I work with Textiles, but first I draw to help inform the tactile process. Referring to my drawings I develop stitched paintings using free machine embroidery – the thread colours and textures visually mix on the surface of the cloth, its a bit like pointillism.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Energetic, Textural, Abstract, Observed,

Do you have any design heroes?

I don’t really reference anyone will I work but I have always admired the prolific natures of Artists like Picasso and Matisse – they never stopped, their art was in them and the worked tired-lessly to get it out.

Where is your studio?

I have a log cabin type studio at the bottom of the garden. I absolutely love it, there are fantastic inspiration views from every window.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio –

Every day is different, bringing new discoveries and creative challenges

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

I’m about to start on big commission to create painted window dressings for a large home in North Wales. Ian and Catherine have a wonderful view which is lost when they close their curtains – the brief is to bring their view back into sight! I also have a collection of lampshades to create for a New Nursing Home in Lincolnshire as well as other domestic venues.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I was at Bean and Brush

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

This year I have a collection of hand painted and stitched lampshades to exhibit : over the last year I have been collaborating with Tone Von Krogh Ceramics to develop shades for her new lamp bases. This connection has grown over time and I will also be drawings and stitched pieces influence by Tone’s work.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Sarah Malone’s House and studio. Venue U.

Tell us something we don’t know

I run a selection of stitch masterclasses at Janome’s Head Quarters [the sewing machine company!] in Stockport – they are very popular and cater for all levels of ability.

http://www.dionneswift.co.uk

Thank you Dionne!

Q&A Simon Buckley

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Before you read Simon Buckley’s Q&A tonight a quick reminder that Simon is holding a ‘Dawn Walk’ as part of Sale Arts Trail on Sunday morning 12th July at 03.15 and an Artists Talk at 4pm. More details can be found on the ‘Workshops, demonstrations and talks page’.

In the meantime read Simon’s Q&A and his exciting project ‘Not Quite Light.

Simon Buckley

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I’m a photographer. I work very simply for this project, using one camera, one lens and a tripod. Oh and a little foldaway step, and my reading glasses.

I shoot RAW files on digital and, after having worked with film for over 20 years, I’m very excited and inspired by what can be done with the new technology. Film had its merits but it was also very limiting. I don’t subscribe to the purist view of film. If we were being purist we’d still be working like Daguerre. I do miss B/W printing though.

What 5 words best describe your work?

I find this question quite difficult to answer..I’m not sure I can speak on behalf of what others see in my work.

When I create an image, it’s not about what I’ve seen in that moment it’s how that moment appears to others that weren’t there.

I can answer with what I’m working to achieve. Thoughtful, ethereal, atmospheric, questioning, painterly.

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Do you have any design heroes?

There are many designers that I really enjoy looking at, and hopefully some I’ve yet to discover. I particularly love the posters and graphics from the 1920s and 1930s. I am quite a sucker for Art Deco and love the colours and typefaces used in that era.

Where is your studio?

I live in Manchester, but don’t have a fixed studio. I can work wherever I am, as long as I have my camera and laptop. It’s one of the joys of my job, the freedom to be able to work in many places.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

I don’t have a typical day. The routine I’ve developed for Not Quite Light has also had to evolve as dawn has got earlier and earlier.
In winter I’d wake up, drink tea and go out for about an hour. Now, I don’t really go to bed and often have to sleep after I come back in, like a night shift worker.
I download the RAW files from the camera as soon as I come in, and write up the notes about what I’ve seen, what was the weather like, who I met and how I felt it went.
I’m not wishing the summer away, but it will be a blessing when daybreak starts around 6am again.

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

Not Quite Light started as a simple idea around Christmas, when getting up early wasn’t a problem. It now takes me into unusual areas of the city at times alien to most of us.
It seems to have really caught the imagination of the people reading the blog though, and so is starting to take up a lot of my time.
Outside of Not Quite Light I also run a travel website called Road Rail And Sea, and do a lot of travel based photography for that. I’m also aiming to do NQL in other parts of Manchester and in other cities.

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Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I exhibited pictures from a trip to Switzerland in last years SAT and was very proud to have been one of the exhibitors.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

All the work I’ll be exhibiting and selling at SAT15 will be from Not Quite Light and it’s never before been exhibited. It’s been great to see the work as prints rather
than just on a screen. I’ve had a larger print made of one of the images too, which will be at the Waterside. The prints are all limited edition. I’ll also be selling my limited edition posters from the project.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

As well as taking part in the group show at the Waterside I’m exhibiting 7 images at Coasters Cafe. It’s a lovely venue. My only worry is overdosing on coffee.

Tell us something we don’t know

I’ve used the same toilets as the Queen and the Pope, Pele once stood on my left foot and apologised and I used to be able to play Irish reels on a descant recorder.

https://notquitelight.wordpress.com

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Q&A John Lee

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John Lee

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I carve medium to large scale sculptures into unseasoned wood using chainsaws. A little bit of electric sanding is used to finish the pieces but 99% of the work is completed using chainsaws of various sizes.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Noisy, Dusty, Dangerous, Exciting, Fun.

Do you have any design heroes?

Much of my work takes its inspiration from animals either real or imaginary, so I would have to say that nature produces the designs that I aspire to and take the most inspiration from.

Where is your studio?

I work in a variety of locations, especially as many commisions are for tree stumps which are obviously at fixed locations. I do have the use of a factory space in Broadheath which is great for larger pieces and I have been known to produce stuff in my back garden, although I do have neighbours to consider!

Describe a typical day in your studio.

There is honestly no such thing as a typical day. I might be up on a scaffold tower in Wythenshawe one day doing a corporate logo and in someones back garden the next carving a bottle of Champagne.

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Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I am sorry to say I missed last years SAT. But I soon heard it was a great success for all involved and was delighted to be ivited by Sarah Mitch to demonstrate at her house (venue F) with several other very nice and super talented artists.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

Actually yes, I have had a go at carving some chairs from solid English Oak. I’m really pleased with the results and will be making a few more over the weekend.

What venue are you exhibiting at?

Venue F, I will be carving away in the garden and happy to chat over the weekend. Cover your ears and enjoy the show.

Tell us something we don’t know.

The chain on a chainsaw has a top speed of 25 metres per second.

http://www.leechainsawcarving.co.uk/lcc/

Thank you Lee!