WORKSHOP: Make a ‘Wiltshire Chair’ with Chris Eckersley

Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 August, £385  Bookings

Making is thinking; process is learning.

Understand materials and evolve a design with two of our leading makers on a two and a half day chair-making course where you will design and be guided through the making of your own chair out of Ash to take home with you. Dave Green, master craftsman and founder of chairmaking company Sitting Firm will join us on the final day to pick a winning design which will be exhibited on a plinth in our Material Wood show and may even go in to production and sold through the gallery.

After a short introduction to traditional construction methods, Chris Eckersley will facilitate a workshop of design-through-making based on the idea of the ‘Wiltshire Chair’. In fact there has never, as yet, been any such thing as a Wiltshire chair, but there easily could have because very many areas of Britain have a distinct design that is particular to their region. These have been described by Chris as ‘Slow Chairs’ and he says:

‘Slow’ of course means the opposite of ‘fast’. If fast food is homogenised rubbish, then slow food celebrates local traditions and diversity. Instead of a world where everything is the same everywhere, Slow stands up for the handmade, the regional, the authentic, the sustainable. It means knowing where produce comes from, and no surprise horse meat!. Slow means co-operation, not competition. If you think Slow means slow-witted, think again.

Join others of all experience levels to learn and make with one of the country’s most creative minds and makers, on a course which treads a fine line between craft and art-school experimentation.

The course starts on Thursday morning at 10:00am. Coffee, lunch and afternoon tea included in the price for Thursday and Friday.

Recommended for all skill levels and age 18 and upwards. Places are limited to 8, so please do book early.

Accommodation available separately.

Chris Eckersley is an artist and designer from Birmingham who originally studied Sculpture at Gloucestershire College of Art, and subsequently Design at Central Saint Martins where he became a Visiting Tutor.

His work covers drawing, three-dimensional design and object-making, research into measurement and proportion, sculpture, and designs for furniture.
Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Extra Ordinary Objects.

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