After Ray Key passed away, his wife, Liz, with some help from Reg Hawthorne and Paul Hannaby, found quite a number of part turned items in his workshop. After discussion with the AWGB Executive it was agreed, following the example of the Pablo Nemzoff and Tony Boase collaborations, that these pieces would be sent to a number of internationally renowned turners to finish in their own style. The resulting pieces will be exhibited and later sold. The proceeds from the sale will be divided between Liz Key and the AWGB. As well as the exhibition we also intend to produce an illustrated book of the finished pieces.
Such was the sphere of influence of Ray, the project has resulted in 111 turners from five continents agreeing to take part in the collaboration and pieces being posted out to them (which was a mammoth task in itself and certainly kept Paul’s local post master busy!). Already some very impressive pieces have started to be returned.
All the pieces will be photographed and displayed on the AWGB website in advance of the three week exhibition at Nature in Art, Gloucester from the 2nd to the 21st of July.
Paul Hannaby, AWGB Chairman