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Ben Esthop

Hand Crafted Bespoke Art Pieces

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Ben has travelled extensively through Europe, the Far East and North America in a restless search to discover an outlet for his exceptional talent for making. From his established studio base in the Worcestershire countryside he is now producing stunning works, with a high degree of functionality, turned in classic hardwoods fused with the dynamic of synthetics. Each piece produced in his studio-workshop as an aura of visual perfection, in essence sculpture with the added element of purpose.

This desire for a purity of form initially led Ben to the work of Japanese bowl makers, where he began to examine their methods of working wood. Their philosophies include the indivisibility of beauty and utility, and respect for chosen materials and their place in the natural world, art being integral to their way of life. In Zen Gardens the Japanese embrace the idea of simplicity of design by the thinking that if something is simple, but still beautiful, there is more room for you, the viewer. This principle is also apparent in their bowl making, where the initial simplicity of form allows for a lifetime of wear which is inherent to the aesthetic. Applying these principles to his own work, Ben is committed to creating something both beautiful and practical.

His exploration of the Japanese art aesthetic has increased his motivation to understand their techniques and ideas, especially those involving surfaces and coatings, allowing him also now to produce distinctive works of art in their own right. Ben is focused on creating works with natural simplicity and clarity of form, infused with hues of ‘liquid light’ and colour.

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Commissions

HAND CRAFTED WORKS OF ART & BEAUTY…

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING UNIQUE,

 SOMETHING SPECIFIC FOR AN INTERIOR SPACE…

I create mixed media work tailored to the criteria and settings of a client’s specific location. If required, on site discussions with clients can be scheduled to discuss location, lighting, colour schemes and individual preferences, in order to produce a remit for the creation of your commission. The infinite variations and character of the wood. I use, and the myriad of colours available to me, will enable me to produce a unique piece specifically designed for you.

Special Occasions

This is a rare opportunity to give an exclusive handcrafted personal gift to a friend or family member to celebrate or mark a very special moment.Should you wish, there will be the opportunity to be involved in the design by selecting both the type

Special Occasions Cont..

of wood and colour format for the finished piece..             Engagements & weddings, Birthdays & Anniversaries, Celebrations, Retirement & Graduation, Commemorative/Special Collections, Trophies & Awards.

Corporate Clients

Nothing is more important to a business than a valued client.You have built a trusted relationship together and fulfilled their requirements, how better to show your appreciation for their trust in your company than to present them with a bespoke piece of exclusive artwork…to say ‘thank you’.

Exclusive Interiors

In this world of ‘spatial design innovation’ there is an ever evolving demand for a focal point to create visual stimulation.From my studio in Worcestershire I create commissioned pieces developed and fashioned precisely to a clients individual specification and design brief.

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Portfolio

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Introduction Video

Category: About

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Walnut Wood with Rainbow Resin

Category: Bowls

This bowl it made from one solid piece of Walnut wood that has a Rainbow of coloured resin in the Rim and throughout the Base. Sealed inside with three coats of the same high clarity Resin. Sat on a hand turned coloured resin foot. These pieces are food safe but primarily they are to be displayed to make a space beautiful. Sat on a hand turned coloured resin foot for stability and poise. Walnut with Rainbow resin £750 Size H=        W=

Spalted Horse Chestnut with Gold Resin

Category: Commissions

Turned from a very rare piece of Spalted Horse Chestnut wood. This bowl is given its beautiful colouring by the minute funguses that grow in the grain of the tree when it is at the end of its life. These funguses cause the Browns and Blacks that you see here in the grain. Topped off with a Gold and Silver rim to give added strength and visual perfection, then lined inside with three coats of the super clear resin. Sat on a hand turned coloured resin foot for stability and poise. £950, Size H=         W=

Cherry Wood with Purple Resin

Category: Bowls

Crafted from one of my favourite woods, this Cherry Wood Bowl has fantastic detailing and splits that give it lots of unique character. The rim is made up of a combination of super clear resin with a purple dye added to give the beautiful Smokey effect. Sat on a hand turned coloured resin foot for stability and poise. £440, Size H=         W=

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Category: About

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Walnut Wood with Green Resin

Category: Bowls

£1250, Size H=190mm       W=480mm

Spalted Horse Chestnut with Purple Resin

Category: Bowls

£2350 Size H=430mm       W=230mm

Western Red Cedar with Blue & Red Resin

Category: Bowls

£1350 Size H=220mm      W=550mm

Western Red Cedar with Blue & Red Resin

Category: Bowls

£2850, Size H=610mm     W=440mm

Pear Wood with Green Resin

Category: Commissions

This Vase was made as a commission for a client who had an old Pear tree that had to be felled. Since the tree had been on her family farm for her whole life it would have been such a shame to just burn it all. I was commissioned to make this vase for her so that she will always have a piece of that old Pear tree. I used a deep green resin to complement the colour of the wood and echo the life it once had.  Sat on a hand turned coloured resin foot for stability and poise. £650, Size H=         W=

Sycamore Wood with Opaque Blue Resin

Category: Bowls

£550 Size H=130mm       W=300mm

Spalted Horse Chestnut with Blue Resin

Category: Bowls

Turned from another very rare piece of Spalted Beech, you can see the fantastic colours that run through the wood. This beautiful effect is caused by a microscopic fungus growing in the grain of the tree at the end of its life. If the free is found and dried out correctly you can stop the fungus developing into rot and use it to your advantage. I have used a super clear resin with a stunning ocean blue dye mixed together to contrast the pale wood grain. Sealed inside with three coats of the super clear resin to give strength and a maintenance free finish. Sat on a hand turned coloured resin foot for stability and poise. £1650, Size H=         W=

Cherry Wood with Purple Resin

Category: Bowls

£1400, Size H=310mm       W=320

Eucalyptus with Red Resin

Category: Bowls

This is one of my all time favourite woods due to how fantastically it splits! It allows me to maximise the effect im aiming to get by adding the resin to the splits and cracks. The wood itself has a beautiful grain that has a gentle wave to it much like a horses main. I have used a solid Red resin with this piece so that it throws a strong red ark of tight when kissed by sunlight. Sat on a hand turned coloured resin foot for stability and poise. £950, Size H=         W=

Sycamore Wood with Green Resin

Category: Bowls

£640    Size H=320mm    W=120mm

Sycamore Wood with Pink Resin

Category: Bowls

£560    Size H=150mm    W=330mm

Spalted Walnut Wood with Blue Resin

Category: Bowls

Sycamore Wood with Green Resin

Category: Bowls

£750     Size H=180mm    W=350mm

Category: Bowls

Sycamore with Orange Resin

Category: Bowls

£710 Size    H=170mm    W=320mm

Hereford Contemporary 11th-13th November

Category: Up Coming Shows

Come and see me and all my latest works at the Left Bank Hereford.

Eucalyptus Wood with Blue Resin

Category: Bowls

£1950    Size H=270mm   W=320mm

Eucalyptus Wood with Yellow Resin

Category: Bowls

£1550    Size H=160mm   W=400mm

Sycamore Wood with Red & Blue Resin

Category: Bowls

£650   Size H=170mm    W=290mm

English Oak with Green Resin

Category: Bowls

£570   Size H=130mm    W=270mm