Approved: 16.08.2006

Petter Southall

Maker, Gallerist, Project manager, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

There's no doubt it's contact with the natural world that inspires me to make furniture - the sea, the moon, the wind - being in them brings me an calm clear energy I want my work to convey.
Steambending is my speciality. I search for beautiful and striking timber. I like to know its provenance and story and to use it in the solid. Steambending is a dramatic process combining steam, pressure

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  • Location: Bridport, South West
  • Activities: Lecturing, Public art, Private commissions, Exhibitions programme
  • Categories: Consultancy, Furniture, Public Art, Woodwork, Unclassified
  • Tags: Fine woodworker, Scandinavian, Steambending, Furniture, Oak, Tables and Chairs, Boatbuilding, Designer, Sladers Yard, Outdoor sculptural Furniture
 

Biography

There's no doubt it's contact with the natural world that inspires me to make furniture - the sea, the moon, the wind - being in them brings me an calm clear energy I want my work to convey. Steambending is my speciality. I search for beautiful and striking timber. I like to know its provenance and story and to use it in the solid. Steambending is a dramatic process combining steam, pressure and speed to bend solid timber round a former. The forms I am able to create keep me fired with ideas for designs. My aim is simplicity of form, although the work takes ingenuity and skill to make because the curves are usually combined in contrast and conversation with straight, right-angled components. Often the designs include a dramatic tension which is intended to liberate the viewer/user. I want my furniture to be used and loved so I make it practical, comfortable and easy to maintain for years and years into the future.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1990 - Diploma, Manufacturing in Wood, Hooke Park College, Dorset 1985 - Diploma, Cabinetmaking, College of the Redwoods, California, USA 1981 - Certificate, Oselver Boatbuilding, Norway 1980 - Diploma, Jondal Wooden Boatbuilding College, Norway Solo exhibitions 2001 - A language in wood, Devon Guild, Bovey Tracy, Devon 2001 - Permanent exhibition at central London showroom, i tre gallery, Pimlico Road, SW1 (until 2004) 2000 - 10 East Street, Bridport, Dorset 1994 - Sight Specific Gallery, Arundel 1993 - Walford Mill, Wimborne Group exhibitions 2005 - Art and the Sea, Norheimsund, Norway 2002 - In Praise of Trees, Salisbury Cathedral and Museum, Salisbury Festival, Wiltshire 2002 - Inspirations, Rennie Mackintosh Centenary, Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland 2002 - South West Academy, Summer Exhibition 2001 - Onetree touring exhibition, Geffrye Museum, London (until 2002) 1999 - Celebration of Craftsmanship, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 1999 - Changing the Furniture, Hampshire County Museums touring exhibition 1999 - Furniture for 21st Century, Banqueting House, London 1998 - Celebration of Excellence, Phillips the Auctioneers, London 1998 - Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London 1998 - Decorex, London 1998 - Designer Crafts 98, Mall Galleries, London 1997 - 100% Design Competitions, prizes and awards 2002 - Commissions Fund Award, The Arts Council, London 1998 - 3 Guild Mark of Excellence, The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, London Educational experience - secondary 2002 - Project Teacher, as part of Designers in Schools week, Sir John Colfox School, Bridport Educational experience - tertiary 1999 - Project Tutor, Parnham College, Dorset 1999 - Visiting Lecturer, Plymouth University, Architectural Association, Rycotewood, Plymouth, London, Rycotewood (until present)