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Colin hand crafts wood bowls from logs from Syon Park trees. He begins the process by selecting individual logs from recently trimmed trees. These logs are then processed by cutting and making rough bowl shapes from the green wet wood. These 'roughs' are then carefully dried and seasoned to maintain the natural beauty of the wood. Each bowl is then hand turned to reveal the remarkable features of each species. The whole process, from tree to bowl, takes from four months to four years to complete. Colin works with many species including Oak, Apple, Walnut, Ash, Cherry, Yew, Holly, Hornbeam as well as rarer trees such as Strawberry and Monkey Puzzle. He is proud to be a Registered Professional Turner which is supported by the Worshipful Company of Turners, a company that is successor to the Guild of Turners, which is one of the hundred and eight Livery Companies of the City of London. It received its Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1604 from James I
Sarah has been making mosaic pieces for nearly 20 years having spent many years working on ceramics, textiles, drawing and painting. She is based full time in her riverside studio in Brentford, west London making pieces for sale and working to commission - she also exhibits regularly in London and the South East and teaches adult classes and weekend workshops. She is a professional member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM) and a founder member of Johnsons Island Artists. Also, a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Southbank Mosaics CIC (based in Waterloo in central London) and the London School of Mosaic.
Drawn by a common passion for craft distilling, a group of friends came together to create a new kind of distillery, producing handcrafted, artisan spirits with uncompromising quality. In an extraordinary location on the Duke of Northumberland’s Albury Estate, a group of dilapidated farm buildings on the banks of the legendary Silent Pool has been transformed to become the home of the Silent Pool Distillers. In keeping with the original vision for a sustainable business, a vintage wood-fired steam boiler was restored to power the hand-built copper still, created for Silent Pool Distillers by the Arnold Holstein Company in the Lake Constance area of Germany. The distillery was completed with the arrival of the bespoke stainless steel tanking, sourced from the Vipara Valley in Slovenia, tanking designed to hold both the spirit and the crystal clear water pumped directly from the Silent Pool itself.
Albury Organic Vineyard is situated on the southern slopes of the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey Hills, just outside Guildford on the A25 towards Dorking. The vines are the traditional Champagne varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as some Seyval and Pinot Gris. They produce English wine of the highest quality; a still rosé and quality sparkling wines, the first of which was released for sale in May 2015. They are committed to producing organic fruit without the use of chemicals such as herbicides and fungicides. Whilst copper and sulphur are permitted in organic vineyards they minimise their use. Albury Vineyard also use compost teas, which improve the biology of the soil and biodynamic preparations. They believe that this approach, encouraging the natural biology of the land, will produce premium fruit and therefore great wine.