Three-socket lamp with Berkeley shade
17 inches tall
HONESTY OF FORM,
BEAUTY OF DESIGN
A conversation with Audel Davis
The revival of interest in the Arts & Crafts movement of the last two decades has not been limited to collectors and antique dealers, but has encompassed contemporary craftspeople as well. Among the handful of craftsmen who work in copper, Audel Davis has hammered out for himself a reputation near the top of his field.
Davis's perfectionist nature is such that he simply will not release work that does not meet his exacting standards. His insistence on rendering his own designs, rather than merely duplicating great work from the past; his willingness to experiment with new forms; and his growing ability to work with a range of patinas all mark him as a coppersmith of considerable skill and maturity.
His work shows an increasing sense of sophistication and he is developing a commitment to major forms: table lamps, large jardinieres and floor lamps.
The two aspects of Audel Davis's work I most admire are his high standards of craftsmanship and his ability to allow his designs, informed as they are by elements from the past, to speak their own, unique vocabulary.
— ROGER MOSS