Walter Bailey is a sculptor whose work focuses on our relationship with nature. The woodland is his studio. In a new development for Surrey Unearthed, Walter will combine an oak structure with glass made using local wood ash, charcoal and sand, perhaps even minerals. In his recent research, he discovered that Mediaeval stained glass was produced with charcoal often from forest furnaces in Surrey and is keen to explore this further.
As part of his Surrey Unearthed residency in South West Surrey, Walter will engage with Surrey’s Archaeology Unit and partner the University for the Creative Arts MA Glass students, to explore this historical technique. Walter will provide local community workshops sharing his embodied knowledge of forest materials and environs. For example, working with oak galls and small oak twigs, to create structures with this natural material that can be used to produce ink for drawing, dyeing and for writing text works.
Forest Glasshouse is at the exciting development stage, watch this space for updates.
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Walter Bailey has works in private and corporate collections in the UK, USA, Guernsey, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Japan, and Australia. He works predominantly in Oak and English Redwood, carving intricate patterns using hand tools, chainsaws and fire. A lover of nature, Bailey works in an outdoor studio with an abundance of nature around him.