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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 Colchester Art Society, 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

(updated 21/11/20)

I have sadly taken the decision to not participate in any face-to-face exhibitions and events this year due to COVID-19.

I had many exhibitions and events planned with undoubtedly a few more coming onto the radar. This experience has shown to me how I thrive on meeting and discussing with people as well as encouraging them to handle my work. I look forward to a time when I can display & sell again in person.

If you can find it within yourself I am dependant on sales from shops (that are still trading during this time) and ONLINE more details below, any support you can give them and myself would be enormously gratefully received.

In November 2020 Christmas at The Handmade Shop and Gallery

Guest Artist throughout November and December 2020* - checkout their website and social media, they are doing a 'click and collect' (inline with government guidelines), private video tours and posting of pieces can be arranged. 77a, St Johns Tree, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SQ

Christmas Kaleidoscope at The Sentinel Gallery

4th November until 24th December 2020* - checkout their website and social media, they are selling from their windows with individual codes on pieces, operating a 'click and collect' (inline with government guidelines) and posting of pieces can be arranged.

The Sentinel Gallery, Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, CO7 9DX.

Winter Wonders Christmas Collection at the Jessica Muir Gallery

November 2020 through to January 2021 - checkout their website and social media, they are selling from their window and doing a 'click and collect' (inline with government guidelines) and posting pieces can be arranged.

Hall Street, Long Melford, CO10 9JR.

Christmas Online Exhibition by the Colchester Arts Society

Saturday 14th November to Saturday 19th December* 2020

Virtual exhibition with the theme of Christmas - my submission Large Yew Christmas Tree has been chosen for the poster out of around100 other CAS members, what an honour!!!

3rd Virtual Online Exhibition at New Art For You

Wednesday 18th November to Sunday 13th December* 2020

Enter the exhibitionthrough the link on the home page -

In December 2020

*Christmas Kaleidoscope at The Sentinel Gallery

The Sentinel Gallery, Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, CO7 9DX.

Places to view and purchase my work


NewArtForYou representing artists worldwide during COVID-19
Range of works from artists and craftspeople worldwide including woodturned art (by yours truly) and painting/printmaking. Consisting of three parts the project covers three works created in the 6 months upto the date of the UK lockdown and three during the UK lockdown. This website is intended to continue until 30th November 2020 to demonstrate three works created post UK lockdown, if we are on the other side by then.

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IN PERSON - These outlets and myself would be very grateful for your support!

Planned during summer this year:

Jessica Muir Gallery

Hall Street, Long Melford, CO10 9JR. 01787 310400

Open but check their times at

Commissions welcome: please contact me at

Keep well and be safe.