Jon Warnes

I have been working with green wood from the early 1990’s and later working in large scale willow with sculptural fences and living structures. I have taught and worked to commission in Europe and Canada and wrote “Living Willow Sculpture.” During this time I was also teaching chair making in Suffolk, at West Dean College, the Centre for Alternative Technology and various other venues. I also set up and ran the Boatyard Gallery at Felixstowe Ferry.

I now work on a smaller scale concentrating on woodturning and carving alongside smaller pieces of furniture. I use predominantly native and local wood and am exploring the use of wood with character and evidence of a previous life. I exhibit at the Spring Festival and Cornucopia, White House Farm, Great Glemham and Suffolk Craft Society.

I have organised exhibitions in Suffolk and also at the Highland Park Distillery in Orkney. I have developed and worked on a number of educational and community projects using clay willow and wood in Orkney, Fife, London and Grizedale Forest.

Commissions have included commemorative benches for a Quaker labyrinth in St.Andrews, Pakenham Watermill, the Centre for Alternative Technology and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. I have also made large scale willow sculptural fences for National Trust Scotland, Wakehurst Place and a number of other sites in Britain and abroad.

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