Based in rural Andalucia, Adrian Mitchell works closely with a variety of different woods to make beautiful, one-off, turned wooden vessels.
Adrian started his career in the mid-1970s working in two small furniture workshops in Worcestershire. In the early 1980s he graduated in furniture design from Ravensbourne College, London, and went on to spend many years working on commercial design projects in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Sydney. He has always loved working with wood and became frustrated by using it merely as a designer’s finish, subject to the vagaries of fashion.
In order to live more closely with nature, Adrian moved to rural Andalucia, where he works with local timbers such as olive, almond, carob and chestnut, from trees often felled for firewood.
Using a few basic tools he achieves an intimacy with the wood, which guides his inspiration. His simple, unadorned forms turned from green wood and slowly air dried take on subtle natural distortions and express something of the harsh beauty of the landscape around him.
New collection featuring in: ADORN: Contemporary Jewellery and Objects, 7 November – 3 December 2015These new works, mainly crafted from Holm oak, have all been turned from green wood and allowed to dry slowly, change shape and in some cases crack to reveal interesting details.
These organic changes in material are very much part of the work, I see it as a mark of this place where we live and of the forces of the natural world. All the work is finished in oil and beeswax and the black pieces have ebonised using a natural process with a ferrous solution of wire wool dissolved in vinegar which reacts with the tannin in the oak.