I’ve got an affinity for wood items. I am always drawn towards things that have a “close to nature” feel, and I fully appreciate the artists who keep the natural feel of something as they create new things with it. From my favorite wooden earings that are inlaid with a brass stamped line, to my faithful bamboo cutting board that doesn’t ever get put away, I love the way wood looks when it’s shaped, polished and changed. Here’s a maker who does just that. Meet Amanda of Amanda McAulay Artisan Woodwork!
Please introduce yourself.
Hi, I’m Amanda McAulay and I’m a woodworker and furniture maker. I’m originally from Plymouth, a coastal city in the southwest of England. I’ve lived in both London and New York, and I currently live in Los Angeles with my lovely wife and our two kitty cats.
What do you make or do?
I have a line of handcrafted, hardwood kitchenware including: cutting boards, serving boards, egg trays and salt pots.
Where can we find your creations?
My online shop is www.AmandaMcAulay.com. Also, Heath Ceramics carries some of my line. www.HeathCeramics.com
How long have you been creating and is it your full-time job?
I studied at the London Metropolitan School of Furniture. After having the very good fortune to work for and be mentored by some highly skilled craftsmen in both the UK and Los Angeles, I finally took the leap and started my own full time business just over a year ago.
Did someone in your family, a friend or teacher introduce you to your creative side or have they helped you along the way?
There isn’t one person in particular I would pinpoint, but I do come from a very creative family. My mother and brother are both amazing artists in their own right, although they’ve never done it professionally. And my (much younger) sister is currently at university getting a degree in illustration. As I’m writing this, I’m also realizing all of my most meaningful friendships are with incredibly creative people. I didn’t realize I was seeking out those characteristics, but it’s clearly something I’m drawn to.
What’s on the horizon for you and what you do?
It’s been an incredible year, and I’m very humbled by the positive response to my work. This year I’m planning on expanding to a larger workshop and taking on an apprentice. With the added help and additional space, I’m hoping to have time to add some furniture to my current line.
What inspiring advice would you give to other creatives be they established or just starting out?
If you’re passionate and you put in the work, you’ll see results. There may be moments when you feel as if you’re not getting anywhere, and that’s when you have to take a look back. Look back six months or a year ago. When you do, I guarantee you’ll see you’ve made more progress than you think. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.