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Dorset Art Weeks 2018

Friday, May 11th, 2018

The Courtyard Gallery and Workshops (DAW venue 171) is the stunning, rural location of renowned furniture maker Simon Thomas Pirie. This year, Simon is thrilled to be joined by two very distinguished artists: glass-maker Ruth Dresman and abstract painter Georgina Fermer, who bring a vivid splash of colour to this vibrant exhibition.




Ruth Dresman:
This glass has been both liquid and solid, blown and carved in the process of its creation. Simple forms frame the flowing images brought to life by light and colour.


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Georgina Fermer:
Georgina’s training at Hornsey College Of Art in the 60s laid the basis for a life in painting. Her inspiration comes from the visual impact of emotionally moving places or events, certain motifs (landscape, buildings, water, light) that have arisen repeatedly over years, not always from conscious choice.




We will also be using one of Plankbridge’s stunning shepherd’s huts as the design office during the event. These fabulous huts built by Richard Lee and his team in the Piddle Valley make great garden rooms, offices and studios. It will give us a bit more gallery space to show work in as well!




Needless to say there will be plenty of our own work in the gallery showcasing the beauty and versatility of natural timber. There will be classic designs alongside new pieces including tables, chairs, display cabinets and a few surprises! On weekdays the busy workshop will be open for visitors to see work in progress and to chat to the team as they create more heirlooms of the future.

Click here for more detail about the furniture on display during DAW 2018, including ex show pieces on sale.

Simon Pirie - 003 HiRes Square copy

Dorset Art Weeks 2018 runs from Saturday 26 May until Sunday 10 June, We are open every day from 10am until 5pm.

Directions: From the A35, 2 miles west of Bere Regis, follow signs for Briantspuddle and Warmwell (B3390). From there keep following the yellow DAW venue signs for around 1 mile onto Rogers Hill Farm.

An important piece in the puzzle…

Sunday, January 8th, 2017


As with many businesses over the past 10 years, we have found ourselves exploring new ways of exploiting our skills and talents. A recent focus for us has been in developing relationships with interior designers and architects. Particularly successful has been our collaboration with Jigsaw Interior Architects. Based in Poole, Jigsaw work with clients, architects and developers designing interiors from the very start of the creative process to ensure that as much care and attention goes into what a room, apartment or whole building will look and feel like inside as on the external appearance and impact.

wick-1034A recent project we have worked on together was for AMD Developments at a contemporary glass ‘upside down’ house overlooking the river near Christchurch in Dorset. Jigsaw invited us to participate in their vision of elevating the property to stand out above similar developments on the market. This involved creating bespoke interiors designed specifically with this house in mind and providing such individuality and quality as to attract a more discerning purchaser.

We were asked to contribute two elements: the timber treads for the staircase and some shelving and storage which could also provide a dividing structure in what was otherwise a large, open-plan living space. Working with Jigsaw’s original design concepts, we collaborated on the fine design and manufacturing detail and materials.

The shelves were constructed using a thick birch ply that provides a striking stripe effect on the exposed edges of the shelves. The shelves and vertical edges are veneered with black tulipwood giving a robust visual appearance to the end product. The shelving units on the room divide are left open so that the sense of space is uninterrupted between the living and dining areas whilst clearly defining their individual function.

The wall units in the dining area are partially covered by a large sliding door formed from random end-grain timber panels. This gives the flexibility to hide away extraneous, domestic paraphernalia whilst maintaining sculptural presence and texture. The slanted timber blocks in the panels cast shadows which flow and evolve as the sun moves across the east facing window, giving the space life and warmth.



The stairs leading down to the bedrooms from the living area wrap around a feature water-jet which creates a visual and audible link between the inside and the river flowing close by. The steel fabrication for the staircase was provided by Elite Fabrication and Welding of Poole and we worked closely with them on the detailed design and construction ensuring that the solid whitened oak stair treads and half landing fits perfectly to the steel structure and balustrades. We waited until all the other trades had completed their individual pieces of the puzzle before returning to wax oil the treads, leaving them in perfect condition ready for their new owner to enjoy.

With more and more architects and designers taking this approach to creating individual and bespoke homes, we are relishing the prospect of establishing further collaborations with design-based companies. We feel privileged to have worked within such a dedicated a team of skilled designers, craftsmen and trades and our proud of our small, yet significant, piece of this particular Jigsaw puzzle!

To find out more about Jigsaw Interior Design and Architecture click here.

For more about AMD Developments click here.

Ash Pivot Drawer Console Tables

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Ash Pivit Drawer Console

We have a matching pair of these lovely pivot drawer tables in native ash, a much under-appreciated wood! The drawers pivot from the outside edge creating an unusual but nevertheless very useful storage space (large enough for A4 plus plenty more). Perfect as a hall table to drop keys and other items into. Ideally they would sold as a pair but we will consider splitting them. Also available to commission in other timbers. (We have made them in walnut and sycamore previously.)

Dimensions: 120cm x 45cm, 80cm high (each)

Materials: English ash with Scottish grey/brown leather interior.

For sale as pair: £5500 (£7250 to commission new)

For sale individually: £2750 (£3625 to commission new)

Syc Piv Tab 953 copy

Image above is of the previous sycamore / burr sycamore version showing the way the drawers pivot open. Please note the ash pair for sale have a grey-brown leather drawer lining

The tables are available to view at the Courtyard Gallery & Workshop, Briantspuddle, Dorset. DT2 7HJ. The gallery is open most days from 10am until 5pm but please ring or email before to make an appointment.

May / June Events – Open Workshops 2013

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Purbeck Art Weeks
Open Studio at the Courtyard Workshop, Briantspuddle, Dorset DT2 7HJ

Once again we open our doors for Purbeck Art Weeks along with many other artists and makers. PAW starts over the first May bank holiday weekend and we are looking forward to welcoming guests to the gallery and workshops. There will be a good selection of new work on show including ‘Rosa’, our new dressing table. ‘Floating Bench’ recently taken on by Liberty’s as part of their ‘Outdoor Living Collection’ will also be on display, along with dining tables, cabinets, side tables and desks.

Purbeck Art Weeks – Saturday 25th May – Friday 7th June, Open from 10am – 5pm. (Please note we are not open for the final weekend of the event). For information on performances and all the artists and makers taking part visit the event website: visit the PAW website

Dorset Art Fair
The Dorset Art Fair takes place at Kingston Maurward House, Dorchester over the weekend of 1/2 June. Lots going on and we will be there in some form or another, probably with our ‘Floating Bench’.

Described as a festival of Contemporary Art, Design, Making and Media it’s a must see. For more detail of what’s going on, entrance times, directions etc go to the go to the Dorset Visual Arts Blog

Shaftesbury ZMMA Office
Somehow over the same weekend of 1/2 June I’m also at the ZMMA office in Shaftesbury showing work. Adam and I are planning an exhibition and a bit of an artistic gathering during the Shafesbury Festival. We will be showing models and images of the public art proposals for various sites around town as well as work from our day to day practices. There will also be selected work by other well known local artists and makers. Details of this event still to come so check back here very soon.