Jim Partridge, born in Leeds (1953) studied at the John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood (1977-79) then became aFellow in Wood, Alsager College of Higher Education (1983-4).
He was the first Craftsman in Residence at Grizedale Forest, Cumbria (1986-7) and then in 1988 established partnership with Liz Walmsley to work on site-specific projects and some larger pieces of furniture.
His particular trademark is the scorching and waxing of unseasoned green timber, which emphasises the texture of the grain. These works brings together key examples of the artist's domestic vessels and bowls.
Jim Partridge has also worked on a number of environmental projects such as bridges and hillside shelters. Partridge's skill lies in his innovative, versatile and playful approach to his craft and his innate understanding of the material's potential.
He is also interested in function, intending all of his pieces to be used.
Recent group shows include Jerwood Applied Arts Award; Crafts Council; “The Unexpected” Sotheby’s, New York; “Hands across the border”, Ruthin Craft Centre, touring.
Recent solo shows include: “In Focus”, Jim Partridge (wood) and Koichiro; Yamamoto (glass). Sotheby’s, London; “Jim Partridge” Manchester Art gallery: Crafts Council - Show5 (2003) touring exhibition; C.A.A. London (2004)
Jim has worked on many public projects including: Grizedale Forest; The Chiltern Sculpture Trail; Common Ground;
Kielder Forest; The Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight; The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. “Qube” gallery, Oswestry; Compton Verney Arts Trust; The Ann Sutton Foundation, Arundel.
Public collections with Jim Partridge's work include: The Crafts Council; Contemporary Arts Society; The Victoria and
Albert Museum; Manchester Art Gallery; The British Council; Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Boston Museum of Fine Art, USA.