Cuckoo Farm Studios
Studio Space for Artists in Essex
NFASP Member Essex County Council

Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas is an artist/craftsperson working in wood.  His material sensitive approach creates work where character and provenance are central.

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Nicholas has always been making in one form or another. This led him to study a multitude of materials and processes. Finding an aptitude for woodturning using reclaimed, seasoned and green wood. He became concerned about the sustainability and provenance of his materials and consciously obtains most of his wood and clay from local sources.

Nicholas describes his philosophy as "I turn some pieces whilst the wood is still wet, allow to distort naturally and leave them deliberately unsanded and tool finished. I save the waste wood shavings and mix them with the unrefined Gestingthorpe clays. By incorporating the shavings from it's wooden counterpart I reduce the environmental impact and allow the unique textures and voids of larger surfaces more scope to reveal themselves. A symbiotic relationship is created between the ceramic and wooden vessel by sharing materials and companion profiles".

Since graduating Nicholas has sort to expand his skills by turning a variety of woods and forms that allow the material's visual and tactile qualities to be appreciated, with emphasis on functionality and aesthetics over the long term. Nicholas successfully applied for the 2015 Cuckoo Farm Studios Graduate Award. Since joining the supportive community at CFS he has felt confident to push both his wooden forms and mixed ceramic medium. Due to practical considerations he has recently adjourned exploring ceramics and has instead found other sustainable uses for his waste wood shavings.

Nicholas is a Licentiate Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (SDC), member of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) and two local woodturning clubs. He has sold work, fulfilled commissions and has exhibited in London and galleries in and around Colchester.

Exhibitions and Events

'Art In Wood & In Paint' at Open Art Space - The Sentinel Gallery                                               Lupe Cunha & Nicholas Rowe                                                                                                 Friday 3rd to Wednesday 8th May 2019    11am to 5pm daily.                                                         PV Thursday 2nd May 2019    6 - 9pm.                                                                                           The Sentinel Gallery, Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, CO7 9DX.    01206 827490

'Summer Exhibition' at the Naze Tower                                                                           Saturday 22nd June to Sunday 1st September 2019    10am to 5pm.                                           PV Saturday 22nd June    6:30 - 8:30pm.                                                                                   The Naze, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE.    01255 852519

'Polstead Exhibition' at Maria Martins Cottage                                                                   Saturday 24th to Monday 26th August 2019     10am to 5pm.                                                £1.50 entrance fee (under 12s free)                                                                                         Maria Martins Cottage, Martins Lane, Polstead, Suffolk, CO6 5AG.    01206 262380

'Open Studios' at Cuckoo Farm Studios                                                                                   Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2019    11am to 6pm.                                             Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road, Colchester, CO4 5HH.

Places to view and purchase my work

The Minories Gallery Shop                                                                                                        74 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UE.    01206 712437                                                               Open Monday to Saturday    10am - 5pm.

My Studio (by appointment only)                                                                                       Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road, Colchester, CO4 5HH.                                                       Please contact me on 07594 589847

For an artist application form, please get in touch.


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