Ray Key


Ever since I started turning, purity of form has been the driving force for my creations.

The minimalist approach is embraced in the on going quest to produce objects of beauty and elegant simplicity. I am a great believer in the object as a while; all elements should be in sympathetic harmony with one another, not a disjointed assemblage of different ones.

My designs bywords are ‘keep it simple, let the wood speak for itself and if in doubt leave it out.’

Wood has always been my medium it has so many nuances: warmth, beauty, colour, smell, unpredictability and tactility just to name a few.

I have always had empathy with the late Professor David Pye’s statement, ‘The difference between the thing which sings and the thing which is forever silent, is often very slight indeed.’

Born  1942, Warwickshire

Education
1973
 Self-Employed Studio Woodturner
Pre 1973  Wood & Metal Pattern Making Apprenticeship, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Fibreglass Swimming Pool Mould Maker, Kenilworth
Clay Modelling Project Leader, Chrysler Styling Studios

Awards
2002 
Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Turners by Presentation
2001  Life Member of The Association of American Woodturners
1998  President of The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain

Selected Public Collections
Abingdon Museum
Birmingham Museum
Stoke Museum
Craft Study Centre
Parnham House Collection
Manchester Art Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum
International Craft Museum, Kuala Lumpa
Contemporary Craft Museum, Honolulu
Kunstgewerbe Museum, Germany
Detroit Institute of Arts & Crafts, USA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, USA
Woodturning Centre, USA

Publications
1998 
 ‘Woodturning with Ray Key’ Batsfords
1992  ‘Woodturners Workbook’ Batsfords
1985  ‘Woodturning and Design’ Batsfords

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