Nic Webb Natural Surprises

Nic Webb works with wood instinctively in an attempt to free his work from the convention and perception of the made object. Using traditional tools, modern methods as well as elemental forces such as fire, ice, air and water he shapes and sculpts in an unbound and organic manner.
Portrait_nicwebb He pursues an organic approach to making, allowing materials and ideas to flow. He is keen to explore themes of function, ceremony and the history and cultures of human making.

‘I am passionate about working with natural materials and use combinations of traditional tools and modern methods to produce hand crafted objects of art and design. Many of the tools that I use today belonged to my Great Great Grandfather, a Journeyman working as a carpenter in Devon in the 1800's. Working with greenwood (unseasoned wood) allows great freedom in my making. It can twist, move and change colour in the seasoning process, creating wonderful natural surprises.’
‘The woods I use come from many sources. I am particularly keen on British deciduous woods as I spent my childhood in Suffolk surrounded by woodland. I enjoy walking and use these trips to collect wood from all over the UK. The many parks and gardens of London contain a diverse selection of woods and can offer great variety when interesting trees are felled.’

Nic works predominantly with wood though also combines stone, metal, ceramic and paint in his making. Nic Webb lives and works in London. He studied Fine Art at Brighton University, graduating in 1994 and tutors greenwood making at university of the Arts London and Westdean College in Chichester. Nic Webb got his high reputation being a most authentic young artisan - designer in craft –  exhibiting as well by internationally renowned galleries, f.e. at COLLECT adressing collectors as well as a more design orientated audience f.e. being invited by  DECOREX to show a collection of work and demonstrate some of his making techniques as part of the 'Making Luxury' programme at the show 2014 and 2015.