Crucible No.1

Max Bainbridge | One Tree


A vessel that accentuates the raw edges, splits and cracks that formed when the ash tree fell. The vessel is round, but not perfectly so, and has a small circular base as part of the structure. All of the vessels in the series have variations in grain, shape and imperfections.

This piece is part of SCP's One Tree project, which sees the repurposing of a dying ash tree from Sheridan Coakley’s garden. It’s a project that focuses on wood: how we grow it, use it, and secure its future. The One Tree project seeks to create one-off objects of beauty, which will both retain the carbon from the tree and give new material life to something which would have otherwise disappeared.

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When SCP founder Sheridan Coakley discovered that one of the beautiful ash trees in his garden was suffering from Ash dieback and would have to be felled, he had an idea. Rather than chop it down and make it into firewood, why not invite a set of like-minded creatives to see what they could make out of the tree? And with that simple idea, the One Tree project was born. The One Tree project showcases a range of different objects, by a diverse and previously unconnected group of creatives. Read more >

Rippled ash

H 20  Ø 24 cm

Max Bainbridge is an artist, craftsman and author who studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, graduating in 2013. His sculptural works, carved in wood, are meditations on the human relationship to the natural world.

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