After excelling in woodwork and metalwork at school, Nick attended Sir John Cass School of Art, and then gained an apprenticeship in gold and silversmithing at Asprey’s of London.
After running his own workshop and jewellery business in Shaftesbury, Nick lived on a smallholding raising calves, pigs, sheep and chickens. Then his career had a change of direction, and he developed an abiding interest in trees, woodland and the natural environment, gaining a degree and several diplomas in Arboriculture and Landscape Management. This led to a career in tree surgery and crafting stiles, kissing gates and way markers for the Dorset Coastal Footpath. Around this time, he built the stone-pitched path from Lulworth Cove carpark up the hill to Durdle Door. It’s visible from Space!
Nick has worked for several local councils, most recently as Senior Arboriculture and Landscape Officer for Bournemouth Council. He has also run his own Tree and Landscape Consultancy business, managed his own cider orchard, is a beekeeper and practices self-sufficiency at his home in Upwey. He and his second wife Liz share a love of gardening, art, and music.
As recently as January 2019, Nick was fortunate to get a place on a pottery evening class at Weymouth College for one term. After that, he began attending classes with Bill Crumbleholme.
Nick’s experience and expertise in silver and gold design is evident in his eclectic ceramic pieces. He has been inspired by Bill and fellow students. He has found it fascinating to create ceramics in mediums and using processes he has not experimented with before. He is currently experimenting with Raku firing from the studio at home.
Nick undertakes commissions.
He also makes fantastic flapjacks!