Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley

 

Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley have worked together designing and making

furniture and other functional woodwork for the last 22 years.  The scope of their work ranges from the small and domestic to monumental outdoor pieces.

By the time the partnership began Jim had already established a reputation for his vessels and small scale furniture.

Initially  they worked on outdoor projects, building public seats, footbridges, and shelters.

They have always said that their intention was to make “work with a strong but quiet presence in the landscape”. This statement remains true, even though in recent years they have broadened that landscape to include built environments, projects include an altar for Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, seats for Compton Verney Art Gallery, Hereford Cathedral Close and RHS Wisley, furniture for Ruthin Crafts Centre and many private commissions.

Their studio furniture, much of which is carved from blocks of green oak, often scorched and polished to a lustrous black finish, is in public collections across the world, including the V&A in London and Manchester Art Gallery.  The work has twice been shortlisted for the Jerwood Furniture prize.

More recent projects that include a bridge in North Wales, Ridgeons seat in CB1 Cambridge, the Butterworth seat at Warwick University and the Carving Out Space exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre.