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A Short Biography
Jules in the workshop
I was born in Knutsford in 1955 and, after spells in Surrey and the British Virgin Islands as a youngster, I was educated at Holyhead Secondary School and North Staffs Polytechnic where I studied Social Geography.
Whilst working as a barman on the Irish Sea ferries I gained my private Pilots License. Although I had intended to make a career in aviation I somehow ended up in Australia working on trawlers and eventually as a boatyard foreman.
It was during this exciting time that I fell in love with some simple bowls by the well known Wood turner Richard Raffan in a Sydney gallery and I knew I had to have a go. Richard was a great help and encouragement to a 'rookie' turner and I take this opportunity to thank him for that.
Not being a 'hobby' sort of person I knew from the outset that I wanted to try to make a living from wood turning. With this in mind I enrolled on a trades course in Sydney technical college. I turned professional six months later in 1984 with my first commissions; a series of boxes for the Prime Minister's office and 300 needle cases for the Australian National trust Catalogue.
Returning to the U.K. in 1987, I started my workshop back in Anglesey where my family are based and where I still live today.
I have been lucky enough to have my work in many group and solo exhibitions and in outlets throughout the U.K. and overseas. These include The Conran Shop in London and the Guggenheim in New York. However,as much as I enjoy producing one -off pieces, I am also very happy doing the smaller gift items which can be found in my on line catalogue such as vases, tea lights, pendants, cord pulls, pigs and others. They are great fun to make and I hope enjoyed by those who purchase them.
Some of my work that has appeared in the press can be seen by clicking the links below:
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