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 - Keep an eye here as they appear

In March 2020
'Guest Artist' at The Handmade Shop & Gallery
77a St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1SQ.
Open Monday - Friday 10 - 4pm & Saturday 10 - 5pm

In June 2020
Group Exhibition at Mill Tye Gallery
3 Cornard Hills, Mill Tye, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 0GW
More details soon

Places to view and purchase my work

The Minories Gallery Shop

74 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UE.    01206 712437

Open Monday to Saturday 9:30am - 5pm.

Direct from my studio (by appointment only)

Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road, Colchester, CO4 5HH.

Please contact me on 07594 589847