Tephra is a coffee table created from layers of native Ash which are shaped into a fluid, organic form. The layers of ash are representative of their volcanic namesake, laid down repeatedly during recurrent eruptions. As time passes these layers are broken down, eroded and reshaped by nature’s elements. Slowly the shape evolves, becomes more rounded and in some instances undermined to such a degree that its appearance becomes balance defying.
The table aims to reflect this natural occurrence not only in its flowing shape and structural make-up but also in its process of manufacture. The removal of material, layer by layer, little by little over time allows the table’s shape to form into a singular, flowing and smooth structure.
Tephra will be on display at the celebration of Craftsmanship and Design in Cheltenham from the 20th - 29th August 2016. The show takes place at the Thirlestaine Long Gallery in the grounds of Cheltenham college and will display over 200 pieces from over 70 designer and makers.
Should you wish to view the table or two other brand new pieces feel free to come along. I am also very happy to facilitate private viewings by request.
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