cambridge contemporary art

Scott Irvine

Born in Edinburgh in 1970, Scott was introduced to woodworking at an early age in his grandfather's workshop. Throughout his childhood Scott could always be found in the garden shed with some blocks of wood and constructing his early creations. He left school at the age of 16 with good qualifications and advice to follow a different career to the one he had already set his heart on. However, he decided to fulfil his passion of working with wood and trained as a carpenter in a local firm in Balerno. 

In 1993, following a paralysing illness (Guillain Barre Syndrome) which unfortunately left Scott with some residual weakness and pain in his feet, he was unable to return to carpentry as his full time profession. Having a great devotion to working with wood, he was determined to carry it on, which led him into the art of woodturning and carving which has been entirely self-taught. 

The freshness of his designs continue to surprise and delight an ever-growing number of private and corporate collectors of his work. His ability to challenge the predictable function of the basic form of a bowl has led him to unite wood with different materials such as metals, fused glass and stone, creating a dramatic fusion of effects.

Scott is committed to using only windfallen or diseased native timber. 
The bulk of the timber is air seasoned for a minimum of 1-2 years, and is then transferred to a kiln to be dried further over a period of weeks. Scott never designs a piece before starting work on it The form of the final design is developed through working with the particular blank and interpreting the grain. Once the basic shape is established though turning on a lathe, any decorative features are then performed. Scott not only likes his work to be visually stimulating, he also likes to arouse the sense of touch which is achieved by incorporating in-laid metals, fused glass and carving.

Once the form has been turned and fully sanded, the finishing process can begin. It is performed over a period of approximately four days, and involves several coats of a mixture of oils which enhance the grain of the wood whilst protecting and sealing it.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £56 - £490.


 Set of four coasters in a gift box  10 cm x 10 cm  £76

Set of four coasters in a gift box

10 cm x 10 cm

£76

 Mini Horizon Panel  15 cm x 14.5 cm  £68

Mini Horizon Panel

15 cm x 14.5 cm

£68

 Small Rippled Dish   36 cm diameter  £188

Small Rippled Dish 

36 cm diameter

£188

 Ash Orb  30 cm diameter  £204

Ash Orb

30 cm diameter

£204

 Sycamore Orb  30 cm diameter  £204

Sycamore Orb

30 cm diameter

£204

 Mini Sycamore Porthole Vase   30 cm diameter  £210 

Mini Sycamore Porthole Vase

 30 cm diameter

£210 

 Elm Rocker Arc Sculpture   55 cm x 34 cm  £490

Elm Rocker Arc Sculpture 

55 cm x 34 cm

£490

 Single Candle Arc  12 cm x 18 cm  £56

Single Candle Arc

12 cm x 18 cm

£56

 Large Sushi Dish  28 cm x 28 cm  £120

Large Sushi Dish

28 cm x 28 cm

£120

 Deep Candle Dish  37 cm x 22 cm  £164

Deep Candle Dish

37 cm x 22 cm

£164

 Sycamore Centre Display   41 cm diameter  £290

Sycamore Centre Display 

41 cm diameter

£290

 Medium Elm Rimmed Glass Bowl  40 cm diameter  £324   

Medium Elm Rimmed Glass Bowl

40 cm diameter

£324

 

 Mini Elm Discus Sculpture  30 cm diameter  £230

Mini Elm Discus Sculpture

30 cm diameter

£230

 Small Horizon Panel  30 cm x 10 cm  £96

Small Horizon Panel

30 cm x 10 cm

£96

 Large Sushi Dish  28 cm x 28 cm  £120

Large Sushi Dish

28 cm x 28 cm

£120

 Deep Candle Dish  37 cm x 22 cm  £164

Deep Candle Dish

37 cm x 22 cm

£164

 Elm Orb  30 cm diameter  £204

Elm Orb

30 cm diameter

£204

Sycamore Medium Wide Rimmed Bowl

wood & fused glass

£355

 Ash Porthole Vase  42 cm diameter  £330

Ash Porthole Vase

42 cm diameter

£330

 Journey Sculpture  48 cm long  £430

Journey Sculpture

48 cm long

£430