Andy Mason has long been interested in wood and has been woodturning for over 20 years. In recent years he has focused on artistic turning and carving.
Over a similar extended period Andy has collected a stock timber. This often old and well-seasoned wood forms a primary source of material for his work. Andy sees wood as a scarce and limited resource therefore in producing items accepts occasional knots, blemishes and cracks, which he endeavours to incorporate into his work.
His work includes: plain and fluted thin walled vessels, boxes - some with lining in a different wood, hollow-forms as well relief carving and wood jewellery.
Japanese craft and design, particularly in their combination of sophisticated line and form accomplished with unsurpassed craftsmanship is a primary influence in his work. His work is also informed by an interest in classical and early ceramics and glass and he has travelled widely in the Mediterranean, the Levant and North Africa visiting sites and museums to study this early work. Within the contemporary turning community the work of Bert Marsh, Binh Pho, Benoit Averly, and Marilyn Campbell have been particularly influential.
Andy has exhibited in several art galleries including recently at 44AD Artspace in Bath. His work has also twice won the prestigious Felix Levy prize at the 'Wizardry in Wood' exhibition, held by the Worshipful Company of Turners in London.