Welcome to the Pop Up Blog!

Welcome once again, glad you could join me with the latest that is happening in the Pop Up. It's been a week of up and down, one minute sunshine, one minute rain and of course it was half term. I purchased myself the most beautiful bespoke lampshade which we will come to later, but in the mean time we will look at some of the new product that has just reached the shelves.

Artist of the week is Andrew Poder Boxmaker.

Andrew produces handmade heirloom boxes, jewellery boxes, desk boxes and blanket boxes. He works in English hardwoods and is a member of the Sussex Guild of craftsmen.

He uses highly figured English hardwoods and natural burrs, enhancing them by softening edges and plenty of sanding and finishing with a scraper. A coat of oil is then applied and finished with a hard paste wax to produce a tactile hand crafted feel to his work. He also likes to work with other artists in ceramics, resins and metals to add another dimension to his work. He believes that as much care should be taken on the inside of the box as the outside. In order to help achieve this, the interiors are lined with untreated aromatic cedars and suede. Boxes are designed around the new timber stocks coming into his workshop, allowing the woods to help shape the designs, making each piece unique. Andrew's personal makers mark and date stamp are added to each piece.