Showcase August to October 2017
Peter Kingsland Wooden Toys
My fondness of working with wood goes back to my early days, particularly as a n apprentice coachbuilder and I have worked with wood, on and off, ever since.
When my young family arrived I made a few wooden toys, They seemed very popular, so I made more, increasing the range and started selling at craft fairs where the boys enjoyed demonstrating them.
Some of the toys are based on traditional designs, dating back many centuries, while others are caricatures of modern transport.
All of my toys are carefully constructed to compy with BS 5665 (Safety of toys) regulations.
Along with the toys I developed my skills at woodturning that added a new and different dimension to my range.
Today, I just make a few of my favourite and most popular toys and turned wood items to keep me occupied in retirement.
I have been a member of the Norfolk Craft Guild for 34 years, 9 years of which I was Chairman. When I retired as Chairman 3 years ago I was appointed President.
Residing in Halesworth I have worked in Suffolk for the last 30 years teaching and producing stoneware ceramics.
Concentrating mainly on large garden pieces which comprise of functional and abstract forms. Recently I have explored 'Raku' techniques for smaller decorative work.
Inspiration grows from gardens their plants and structures, the coast, animals and birds, historical and ethnical reference, memory. I often reflect the local area I am exhibiting in.
I like to work directly into the clay having surrounded myself with photographic media found objects and sketches.'There's something about the process of making in itself, call it therapy or resolving ideas through doing.'
My work is often described as having personality,fun and lots of life I hope that enjoyment comes through.
After finding the repetitive nature of the welding industry a bit tedious, I moved onto making metal sculptures inspired by the natural form of animals and plants. I use mostly recycled cutlery alongside other materials including recycled copper and old horseshoes. I use a mixture of contemporary and traditional techniques to create a variety of totally unique pieces at my workshop near Halesworth.