The second in our series of Artists Focus is the partnership of Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley.
Many thanks to Jim & Liz for sending us some wonderful images of their workshop as well as images of the works that we currently have available at the gallery.
Jim Partridge established his studio in Shropshire in 1984, and has been working in partnership with Liz Walmsley since 1988. Typical of even the earliest turned and carved vessels has been an intuitive, responsive approach to design and function – working with the form of a given piece of wood, then exploring its possibilities with a skilful fusion of hand and machine processes. Seating has been the dominant subject of their partnership... seating re- imagined through constantly improvised variations of sprung and jointed plank and carved block structures in bleached or scorched oak. Numerous private and public commissions have included: Altar and Cross for Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford; shelters, seats, bridges and walkways for Grizedale Forest, Keilder Forest, Mountstuart, Isle of Bute, Clare College, Cambridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and The Harley Foundation at Welbeck Abbey.
Amanda Game, 2018