Every year at Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design we see some truly exceptional exhibits on display from our carefully selected alternative disciplines, without such inspirational and creative work the exhibition wouldn't be complete.
We are delighted that craft&design magazine have come on board to represent these disciplines through their 'craft&design Award' at Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design. They will be selecting one outstanding piece as the winner of this award.
‘Black Headlight’ Mechanical Clock by Louise Parry
The judges said:
“Louise’s work epitomises the very concept of craft and design. She uses traditional skills to create stunning contemporary pieces and this clock from her new range particularly appeals to us.”
We spoke to Louise to understand a little more about the inspiration behind this beautifully distinctive timepiece and discovered that The ‘Black Headlight’ Mechanical Clock was designed whilst she was on a trip to New Zealand. Louise was commissioned to make a watch in Britannia silver with black rhodium plating for a client who is passionate about classic cars. ‘I was really taken with the subtle beauty of the black rhodium when combined with textured silver and was driven to make a larger timepiece using the same effect. Taking inspiration from my favourite place in New Zealand, the Nelson Car Museum.
Louise told us that housing the mechanical movement in silver is always the challenging aspect when designing a silver clock. To create this timepiece she explains: 'I built cardboard models based around the classic car ribbed headlights that I saw there (Nelson Car Museum), which were then translated into silver.’
The movement for the clock is British made and we love the fact that it can be seen and enjoyed through a viewing window in the top of the case. Louise’s attention to detail throughout her design is exquisite and delicate. In this piece she has used tiny white and mink diamonds to highlight the central line through the textured surface of the clock, giving it the distinctive look prevalent in her work.