about

BLOTT WORKS was launched in September 2014 by Dan Morrison, an artist/engineer with many years experience creating magical and wondrous worlds and objects. 

BLOTT WORKS is based in the north of England and produces limited-edition, hand-engineered, functional sculpture. 

All work is designed to encourage interaction and introduce a sense of ritual or play into everyday activities. This usually involves a kinetic element or simple mechanism to adjust the piece or to set it in motion. The overall aesthetic is influenced by a love of characterful mechanical movement, by the sumptuous curves of custom cars and bikes, by the beauty of raw industrial materials, and by the functional charm of simple machine components.

Wherever possible parts and components are "over-engineered" to give an air of indestructible vulnerability and ensure they will last for generations. They are made out of the sorts of materials that have strong heritage in both practical and decorative settings such as industrial metals, concrete and hard woods.

Often whimsical. Never flimsical.

The collection of work currently available consists of a family of desk and table lamps, clocks, floor-standing lamps and a collection of fan-assisted vases.

Dan was born restless - always on the look out for a new way to do something or something new to do. His path has taken him through the worlds of engineering design, of drums and drum-making, of performance and the performing arts, music and the sound arts, through to the worlds of computer science, of software and digital development.  More about Dan ...

The Yorkshire/Lancashire borderlands

The hills and valleys of the southern end of the Pennines is a place of stunning natural landscapes. It is also a place with an impressive industrial heritage, with the chimneys of the numerous textile mills dominating the views through the 19th and early 20th Century. These are now mostly gone, along with the constant smoke that used to hang in the damp air.

Over the years the area has adapted well to these dramatic changes and is now teeming with small industry, creative businesses and tourism. It is in this very special place that the ideas for BLOTT WORKS took shape, and where it has made its home.

Hole Bottom Mill, now demolished was just up the hill from the BLOTT WORKS studio

Hole Bottom Mill, now demolished was just up the hill from the BLOTT WORKS studio

Dan at the workshop door with a good brew in hand. Photo: Simon Manfield

Dan directing sounds amidst the kinetic light sculptures created by Andy Plant with Jim Bond and others for Volatile Light by IOU, 2011 to present .

Dan directing sounds amidst the kinetic light sculptures created by Andy Plant with Jim Bond and others for Volatile Light by IOU, 2011 to present .

Dan sketching up some ideas for a new work 'Meadow Breeze' in the workshop in Yorkshire. Photo: Simon Manfield

Dan sketching up some ideas for a new work 'Meadow Breeze' in the workshop in Yorkshire. Photo: Simon Manfield

And the name comes from...

The name comes from great aunt Mary BLOTT,  a supremely strong and generous woman, a matriarch of the Morrison family, brought up in Hampton Court Palace as daughter of the Clerk of Works, ran a chemist's shop for much of her working life, retired to an often-flooded house by the docks, and who lived and loved life to the age of 101.

Exhibitions and Shows 2017

Recent Awards

  • Best Selected Maker at GNCCF 2016 by craft&design magazine
  • Outstanding Artist, The Art Market, 2015

Contact

If you would like more information about the work you see here or would like to discuss ordering a BLOTT WORKS limited-edition product please email Dan at dan@blottworks.com

Some other places to get your hands on an original BLOTT WORKS

Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge (C, BB, CA, BV 1,2&3)

Imagine Gallery, Sudbury (T, P)

Vermilion Gallery, Knutsford (C)

Fisherton Mill, Salisbury (C, BB, CA)

Bils & Rye, Nunnington (H)

Found Gallery, Dunbar (BB)

Panik Design, Milton Keynes (by appointment)

Vale Furnishers, Farnham (C, H, T)

Felix Lighting Specialists, Bath (CA)



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