Our Story

How it all started

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

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 is one of those people who was just born restless. Never wanting to be a tourist but wanting to experience life as fully as possible he is always on the lookout 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.

BLOTT WORKS represents a combination of all the things that Dan enjoys most and he will continue to pour all his restless energy into BLOTT WORKS until he can pour no more.  More background on Dan can be found here.

The Yorkshire/Lancashire borderlands

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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.

And the name BLOTT 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.

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