Brad, a highly acclaimed and respected wood artist, has been turning wood fulltime since 1985. He has studied and taught overseas and continues to push what is considered ‘the norm’ in the art of woodturning. Brad shows an understanding that allows the natural material to speak through it’s form, often working with green or unseasoned timber that then continues to change with seasons to reveal tension and create living works of art. The finish is often heavily textured, bashed, beaten and even burnt to reveal surfaces of exquisite detail and great intrigue.
Brad travels regularly to Japan, Europe and the USA to update his knowledge of traditional making techniques.
“My inspiration is drawn from a number of sources such as the Native American Potters, the Japanese Potters and the Chinese Potters for their simplicity and pure shapes. Ideas also come from the surface treatment found in the primitive tribal cultures from around the world. I find nature is the greater teacher when it comes to form, shape and texture.”
Education Fine Art of Wood Craftmanship, Hobart Technical College, 1985; Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training 2002