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10 April 2009


John Creed: craftsman, artist, Quaker - preview

Oliver Robertson describes John’s work

‘I’ve always loved handling things
  • ’ As if to demonstrate this, John Creed strides around his studio, picking up photo albums, technical drawings and pieces of African ironwork to illustrate his points
  • ‘From a very early age I was always crafting little instruments… I was always in the shed crafting things

  • This Quaker ironworker and silversmith (though not jeweller – ‘I was never interested in pattern and decoration and I think that was strongly the Quaker influence’) lives outside Glasgow in a house with many features he created himself
  • Looking around, one quickly becomes aware of coatstands, hooks and even door handles bearing a typical John Creed motif: strips of black iron, twisted and bent
  • In the door handles, which have their moving parts exposed, ‘you’re seeing the function and you see the movement’, he explains

  • Oliver Robertson

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