Monday 29 April 2013
It doesn't seem possible, the eagerly awaited 2013 International Woodturning Seminar at Loughborough University isn't that far away. As always, there is a fantastic line up of international demonstrators, with a wide range of skills and styles, with every taste being catered for.
The International line up is always of great interest due to the rare opportunity to see these makers demonstrate, but the UK line up will also provide the opportunity to see top-line UK turners presenting new and exciting demonstrations.
Stuart is a self taught turner with an international reputation for teaching and demonstrating, and his work is featured both in private and museum collections worldwide. His skills take him into virtually any area of turning, but he specialises in twist work. He is also a writer and consultant to turners throughout the world. He is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Turners, on the Register of Professional Turners, and a member of the AWGB, AAW and the SOT.
Mark Baker will be known to all as the Editor of Woodturning magazine, and to others as a much respected demonstrator with an international reputation. Mark loves working with shapes exploring form and seeing what can be done with them. The classical and ancient forms feature heavily in Mark's work but he always tries to develop and tweak things further. He is very conscious of the woods selected, going a long way to find specific woods and cuts to maximise both the forum and the look. At times he uses colour and texture to enhance work and is always trying new things. This is the first time Mark will be a full presenter at the AWGB seminar.
Simon Hope has been woodturning from the age of 11 and at the age of 26, was one of the youngest to be on the register of professional turners. 13 years on Simon has vast experience in demonstrating to woodturning clubs across the UK and Europe, including being a tutor for La Mounlin in France. Simon's main woodturning income has been from making Scottish small pipes for the last eight years. This has led his artistic work to include other materials such as pewter, and leather, which is used in pipe making. Alternative materials as well as precise turnings show though in his work today.
Devon-based turner Jason Breach was introduced to the woodturning at the age of 12which led to a passion for working with wood culminating in a BA (Hons) in Furniture Design and Management. Even though, like most turners, Jason can turn his hand to most projects and disciplines, his flair for making and developing ideas for turned wooden boxes is his main interest. Jason has demonstrated throughout the UK, Australia and was well received at the 2011 Utah symposium; this led to a week teaching at Craft Supplies in 2012.
Phil Irons is probably best known for his coloured hollow forms using timber that was destined to be burnt as firewood. Phil uses dyes and stains to enhance the natural figure of white woods normally overlooked as being bland. Recently he has introduced carved panels or motifs into his work which are left natural. Phil also spends a lot of time teaching both at home and abroad, and enjoys passing on the knowledge and experience acquired over more than 25 years of turning.
John Jordan -USA:
John Jordan is a woodturner from Tennessee, USA. Known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels, John has been featured in nearly every major turning exhibition over the past 25 years. His work has received numerous awards, can be found in many corporate and private collections, and is in the permanent collections of over 25 museums.
John is in great demand as a demonstrator and teacher, travelling extensively throughout the US, Canada, the UK, France, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, including an annual week or two at world famous Arrowmont school of Arts and Crafts and Anderson Ranch. He has also produced three instructional woodturning videos, which are very popular.
John's pieces are initially turned on the lathe, from fresh, green logs, using a number of techniques and tools that have evolved over the years. Each piece is then hand carved and textured, using a variety of different hand and small powered tools. This texturing process is very labour intensive, and can take as much as several days to weeks to complete. There is little room for error during this carving; one small slip can ruin the piece. A light lacquer finish is applied to most pieces, including the dyed work.
Pascal Oudet - France:
Pascal's work is primarily created on the wood lathe, but it involves more and more work applied afterwards. For Pascal the tool is never a limit, only the imagination. Pascal loves the effect sun, rain and frost, has on natural materials. In his work he tries to experiment with these characteristics, playing with the grain through various surface treatments, such as texturing, sandblasting, scorching and applying colours. Creating with wood allows Pascal to combine these visual and tactile feelings with a warm and natural material.
Jerome Blanc - Switzerland:
Jerome is an internationally acclaimed woodturner with work in a number of international collections and exhibitions. Jerome gathers inspiration from nature, lifestyle and urban structure, and combines his inspirations to produce objects with clean lines, contrasts of colour, material, and texture.
Curt Theobold - USA:
Curt has been a full-time segmented woodturner since 2002 and lives and works in rural Wyoming. He began turning in the early 1990s while working in a production cabinet shop. He later owned his own custom cabinet business from 1996-2002. Curt's background as a cabinetmaker and his knowledge of wood properties and precision in segmentation characterise his work. Much of Curt's work is directly related to his life experiences and the passion for assembly he learned at an early age. He has demonstrated segmented turning both nationally and internationally at woodturning symposia and woodturning clubs. Curt also has taught at art and craft schools across the USA in addition to private classes in his studio in Wyoming. His segmented works have been exhibited in numerous museum and gallery events nationwide and his pieces reside in public and private art collections worldwide.
Seamus Cassidy - Ireland:
Seamus Cassidy from County Meath took up woodwork as a hobby while working in Dublin. A passion soon developed for working with wood and a real talent was apparent and his experience in design and drawing has been invaluable in enabling him to produce unique and creative pieces. A Hobbyist since 1986, Seamus turned professional in 1996 when he left Dublin and moved back to Co. Meath, his native county. Seamus has exhibited at the prestigious National Crafts Competition at the Royal Dublin Society on a number of occasions. He won awards in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 including The RDS Award of Excellence (Reserve) in 2009.
There will also be one-slot demonstrations by Andy Coates and Mark Sanger.
The AWGB seminar is the one event you can't afford to miss out on. Aside from the rare opportunity to see the International presenters in action, and the UK presenters bringing you something new and fresh, there is so much more to the seminar. The evenings provide the opportunity to forge new friendships and links with woodturners from all over the world over a glass or something in the campus bar. Friday evening will once again see the increasingly popular Live Internet Auction of World Class Woodturning, and Saturday evening's banquet is always a lively event with presentations and the auction of members' work.
There will also be a large range of supporting traders with all your wood and consumables on offer over the weekend. And we mustn't forget the largest Gallery of woodturning you'll see in the UK - the AWGB Seminar Instant Gallery. This is always a great draw and like the trade area, is open all weekend to delegates, and is free for the general public to come and view.
Tickets are selling fast so if you haven't already done so, please visit the website, click on the seminar tab to download a booking form or book and pay online.
When: 9-11 August, 2013
Where: Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU
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