I originally trained in fine art, and the work we make is still very influenced by concerns which apply equally to the sculptor as the furniture maker. At root both professions are similar, in the sense that they are both dealing with our relationship to three dimensional objects in space, and the fact that one ultimately creates something more practically useful than the other doesn't mean that a lot about the approach to the work isn't very similar.
For a while I thought I might make sculptures as well as furniture. I was commissioned by a KFC restaurant to make several very large pieces of sculpture, and it allowed me free rein to make real some shapes and ideas that had been appearing in my furniture making work since I had begun.
Forms crushed, curling, flapping in the wind. I was able to play with the material of laminated birch plywood at scale, reveling in the impracticality and humour implicit in the work, and I was very proud of the pieces when they were finished. I got fantastic photos of them before they were delivered, changed my business's strapline to 'Extraordinary Furniture and Sculpture', and wondered if I would get any more orders. Would I become a part-time sculptor alongside my furniture-making?
In fact, I think the images of these sculptures on the website proved more of an inspiration than a guideline to people browsing the gallery, and much of the work I have made since (they are ten years old now) has had sculptural aspects to it, whilst still being useful and practicable furniture.