Unknown to me at the time, I was practicing the ancient (15th century) Japanese art of Kintsugi where broken items are repaired with gold glue to make them more beautiful. For me it was recovering hand-turned bowls that had cracked during the long natural drying process, cracks that I felt were part of their story and should be seen, even celebrated.
On this outing I had a brand new addition to my collection of goodies to show, a couple of industrial style lamps with beautiful globe LED bulbs. Both had a wooden base with a back story, of course.
The smaller was made from an old bookend that was made from a quarter log of hardwood that had cracked over time – these cracks started from the pith and fanned out towards the bark, a fortuitous event that revealed itself as I filled the cracks with green resin to reveal lovely radiating pattern.
The larger lamp has a base from one of my Smithfield collection, a rare and beautiful spalted Sycamore wood rescued from near the old Jameson Distillery in Dublin City. Both lamps have a 15mm copper pipe that connects the base to the lamp holder.
I’m very excited about these lamps. It’s exciting to get back to my roots as an Electrician and to combine engineering and art with these prototypes. Both lamps attracted a lot of attention, and one is now lighting up a corner of someones lovely home… there will be many, many more to come!
We had a lovely afternoon at the Best Little Market today. There’s always a lot of interest in our pendants and we were delighted to explain the process to everyone with questions.
These markets are really important to us. Apart from being out and about – meeting and greeting – they are a unique opportunity to have face to face conversations with potential customers to better understand what they are looking for and what is special to them.
We’re taking a lot of ideas and feedback to the drawing board and into the workshop.
We are delighted to announce our new YouTube channel that will be home to videos about how we make and use our products. Find it here:
We’re delighted to announce that we are now open for business and actively selling our custom jewellery, handcrafted bowls and bird-feeders on atullydesign.etsy.com.
Right now our jewellery range is dominated by our Barrow collection – beautiful natural edge plum tree wood that is infused with emerald green or sunset red resin, worked into a triangular shape and polished to a high gloss. We also have selected items from upcoming collections, check our Etsy store for a current stock list: atullydesign.etsy.com.
Also in our Etsy store we have a selection of handcrafted bowls and bird-feeders.