Adrian Mitchell works intuitively using wood from the local landscape. Making work in green or wet wood, he allows each hand-turned piece to dry in controlled conditions so that natural distortions take place, sometimes over several months. He works intimately with each piece of wood on the lathe, often choosing material that will give interesting and unpredictable results, like wood from the fork of a tree, or a junction between trunk and branch.
The pieces in this selection are an exploration of forms with flat bases that sit firmly on a surface, as opposed to floating above with perhaps only a single point of contact as I have made in the past. The forms are generally an expression of this contact surface - some tall and slender with brass ‘ballast’ to give them more stability, and others more open and grounded.
"I have always been interested in combining materials in my work. In some pieces here I have applied bands of tin leaf in a random and unsophisticated manner, partly as a decoration but also to reflect the fragility and lightness of the finishes pieces and of course to resonate in some way with Cornwall’s relationship with tin."
- 35.00 x 31.00 cms (13.78 x 12.20 ins)