Watch a 21st Century Maker in action at our London Store

BY Taylor Rebhan

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View the film above and read what Cuttance had to say below. 

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Phil Cuttance. 

What does it mean to you to be a 21st century craftsman?

I’m not sure if I’m a craftsman in the pure sense of the word, as I haven’t really mastered a craft, but I am definitely a maker. I’ve been making Faceture pieces for 3 years now, so I’m pretty good at that making process. It’s a good time to be a maker I think — materials and processes have never been more accessible, and using the internet and postal services you can make things in small batches locally, and sell them globally. It’s a great time to experiment, and find people who appreciate you work wherever they may be.

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Phil Cuttance working inside our London store.

You incorporate geometric shapes and simple lines into your works, beyond that how would you describe your artistic style?

I like simple, strong forms. It’s only recently occurred to me that I always seem to work in one material and shy away from incorporating several materials in my work. I work in a ‘form follows process’ way, so a lot of the shapes I create are dictated by how the are made, the mould they come out of, or are formed by the processes accessible to me in my limited workshop. I do wonder if I am afraid of curves though!

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Geometric, symmetrical shapes are emphasized in all of Phil’s work.

What was it like working in the Shinola pop-up and being part of the Community of Craft series?

It also forced me to slightly re-think my Faceture vase shapes, and to take advantage of the pop-up set-up in Shinola’s London store. The Faceture machine on which I normally make vases was In Korea at a craft fair, so I made a smaller, simpler casting jig for the pop-up. There was lots of foot traffic and passers by who seemed intrigued by the process. 

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