Open to the public 1 - 3rd June 2018 at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall

Richard Shock



My work is both inspired and dictated by the form and faults in the original wood


What began as a hobby turned into a passion and then a career without losing the fascination of seeing what is inside a plain lump of wood.

Bowls and platters are a major part of my work. Functional objects should also have pleasing design. My shapes are dictated by the form, outline and faults in the original wood and by constantly seeking new ideas. Decoration is determined particularly by the figuring of the wood.

In general, I finish those with plain figuring with beads, coves and my signature inlays, while those with burrs and ripples, and the swirls of crotch wood, need little or no further enhancement.

I am a strong advocate for the view that woodturning, at its best, is an art form to stand alongside other materials.


Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen
Registered Professional Turner

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Forthcoming Exhibitions

From 2 July until 10 October, my work will be in the summer exhibition at the Inchmore Gallery in Inverness; my first exhibition in Scotland! It’s a great gallery with many fine makers covering a variety of media and run by Jane who is herself a jeweller.

Also starting on 2 July, and running until 25 September, I will be showing with about 20 other members of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild at 78 Derngate in Northampton.  This house (originally Regency) was remodelled in 1916 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his only such commission in England, and is a great example of his work.  My smaller pieces are currently for sale in one of the museum’s showcases.

I will be exhibiting at the Society of Designer Craftsmen Exhibition Designer Crafts on the Mall at the Mall Galleries during August.