Richard Shock

With great regret, we record the death of Richard Shock in December 2019. A little of his widely appreciated work is still available. Please visit his website (see below) for further details.

I started woodturning in 2000 and was accepted as a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild in 2003.  I am also on the  Register of Professional Turners, managed by the Worshipful Company of Turners, and a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Wood is an exciting material to work with, providing a huge range of colours and forms.

I use mainly British native woods with some exotics, especially when I can be sure that they have come from sustainably managed forests. Often using my signature inlays, most of my work is functional but I am also developing purely artistic pieces.

I aim to make high quality work combining good technical turning techniques with attention to design to enhance the inherent beauty of the figure and grain.

I was awarded the Oxfordshire Artweeks Mary Moser Award in 2010 and in an on-line poll in 2012 was chosen as Britain’s joint Favourite Designer Maker.

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Gabriella Blakey

Appliqué en bois on wood I studied Graphic Design in Rome, Italy and have worked in this country for the last 30 years, painting and decorating furniture and objets d’art with pictorial compositions. I use acrylics on wood surfaces which have been thoroughly prepared before hand. In order to protect and preserve the design, a silky smooth finish of varnish and wax is then applied. In addition to my paintings on wood, I have now introduced a new interest working with coloured veneers, such as intaglio (cutting into wood, in which the design is hollowed out revealing a contrasting colour), appliqu&eacuteeacute; of veneer on wood, and inlay or marquetry. Sometimes these three techniques are used together in the same composition with the aim of achieving greater variety of decorative effect with a contemporary feel. My graphic design background enhances my appreciation of harmony and symmetry in the designs I create for my decorative pieces. I take commissions.