Connected Shapes: Fifty Two Carved Wooden Spoons
6th July – 6th August 2022
Two makers, from two different continents crafted a unique wooden spoon each week for a year. David White, North Wales and Andreea Grad, Portland Oregon, followed a journey making similar spoons, bringing their own unique interpretation to each weekly theme. See how each artist progressed in skill, ideas and connection to nature over a year of making.
Each spoon is carved from locally sourced ‘green’ fresh wood, and usually carved with only an axe, whittling knife and hook knife.
Photographer Lynda Porter is joining this exhibition. Experiencing the natural world around us releases a powerful and refreshing sense of wellbeing. The sights, sounds and sensations from a warm spring breeze, sunlit leaves and the rustle of long grass have the power to change our inner selves. Collected in and around the South Wales Valleys, Lynda Porter’s work captures these moments and experiences via innovative photography, exploring how our physical journey becomes entwined with our emotional journey.
The exhibition includes a number of paintings by C S Lawrence and Day Bowman.
On Friday 22nd July we hosted a Meet the Makers event which included a live axe spoon carving demo followed by Q&A with makers David and Andreea. On Saturday 23rd July David and Andreea also ran a Spoon Carving Workshop where participants learnt to carve a Welsh Cawl spoon from fresh green wood using only a carving knife and hook tool. 15 places at £40 per person.