Lake Burbury Cabinet by Stuart Williams.
As a creative working primarily in the medium of timber, Stuart Williams plays homage to the material’s universal resonance with the audience. As one of the oldest and most venerable materials in the object making world, wood is a material that engages in the past, present and future.
Williams creates an interesting tension between materials in these artefacts, using wood with blown glass forms to produce a series of lights. The finished surface of the glass against the natural grain of timber is a stark contrast that highlights the intricacies of producing products from traditionally handmade techniques. Williams creates artefacts that seek to engage his audience in a moment of wonderment, a conceptual concern that is difficult to fulfil in a time of technological advancement and mass production. These objects procure wonder and highlight the consideration taken when engaging in the making process through material contrasts and technically resolved forms that are functional and conceptual.
Stuart Williams’ creative practice is essentially about finding a sense of place within the contemporary urban landscape. Williams completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Furniture Design) at University of Tasmania. He currently has a multi disciplinary practice that include furniture, lighting and object design. His artefacts have been exhibited nationally including Craft Victoria, FORM, Design Island, Hobart, The Design Centre Tasmania and The Workshopped Exhibition. He has also been featured at Salone Satellite, Milan Furniture Fair. His practice has been recognised through a series of awards including the 2002 Plantation Design Tasmanian Wood Design Biennial and the 2009 Tasmanian Design Award. His practice has extended to include nation public art commissions. Williams work has been cited in many publications including Object Magazine and DQ (Design Quarterly).