City and Guilds Carpentry and Joinery, Brighton
Lives and works Sussex
Kevin Hutson started over a period of 28 years turning conventional shapes and perfecting his craft found the need to advance towards more aesthetic shapes. Within that period of time I have been turning professionally for 15 years. His works have an airy quality, thin, very elegant and so simple and architectural they are almost oriental.
“My first experience with wood turning was 25 years ago with a small modest drill attachment lathe. I was completely enthralled by the different shapes and configurations that could be achieved, I progressed from this lathe onto a larger and more professional machine.’ I served a five year apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery at The Brighton Technical College successfully passing both City and Guilds and the Advanced City and Guilds examinations. After 16 years practical experience I progressed as a freelance draughtsman in architecturally designed joinery manufacture. I found this experience inspired my designing for the more creative forms I am completely self taught in this type of creativity.
Inspirations have been the Sculpture Barbara Hepworth and the study of oriental architecture, this I try to install in my work by the movement of wood to form more flowing lines then seen in conventional turning. Having turned conventional shapes for a period of time I found the need to advance towards more aesthetic shapes. I now blend subtle tones of colour to emphasis the variety of grain found in wood. Having used exotic hardwoods I now use Sycamore and Ash with the use of subtle textures and tones. Each piece is finished by a process of a mixture of natural oils such as Danish Oil and Liquid Paraffin over a period of three days.”
His work can be seen in galleries throughout the UK. He has taught woodturning in HM Prison and to various woodturning and furniture societies in Sussex.