Another shot of the palette set, this time showing one of the wooden trays bases which has two little laser etched marks, one is my makers mark while the other belongs to the master himself Alex, (@woodwoven), who made these. I adore the figurative walnut, especially where the hollows have been taken down and grain continues through. This is very different to how I made them previously more than three years ago, I’m not a woodworker by any means, so I made them from two pieces of wood, one had the holes drilled through while the other remained whole. The two boards were then glued firmly together and sanded for what felt like eternity—these new boards feel far better for being made from a single block. The warm tonality of the wood compared to that of the pots works nicely too, on the whole my work is rather cold, the whites and greens tend to feel quite cold, especially with the crackled nature of the surfaces. In a similar way to how my tableware seemed to glow when placed upon the CNC engraved elm table made by Sebastian Cox for the Simple Shape exhibition earlier this year. It’s making me think I need actual glaze this colour too, so I don’t have to rely on wood to do the work, as lovely as it is.
The pots then slot into each divot and can be easily interchanged. In past iterations I had made minuscule inkwells that fit too, but functionally they were rather pointless as the pens wouldn’t fit into it, even though brushes still would. Included with the pots that sit into the wood will be an external inkwell pen and rest, brush-holder and a water pot, when placed all together en masse it’s really quite a large collection of pieces. The parcels they’ll be posted in might end up being quite massive.