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Ray Key, Master in Turning and member of the Turners’ Company, is featured in an exhibition at the The Gallery at the Guild, Chipping Camden.

From 3 June to 13 July 2016, the ‘Tensile’ exhibition features works by Ray Key and three other members of The Gallery at the Guild Co-operative: Louisiana Chapman, Jeremy Green and Jackie Stringer.


Ray Key

Ray Key has been a full time turner since 1973. His work is in collections world-wide, including the V & A, Fitzwilliam, Manchester & Birmingham Museums UK; Detroit & Minneapolis Institutes of Art in the USA; as well as museums in Honolulu, Germany & Malaysia. He has travelled widely and been honoured by a number of organizations. Most recently Ray received the British Empire Medal for services to the handicraft of woodturning in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

His work is about purity of form. He applies the minimalist approach in an ongoing quest to produce objects of beauty and elegant simplicity.

Ray has always had empathy with the late Professor David Pye’s statement that “The difference between the thing that sings and the thing which is for ever silent is very slight indeed”.

Ray Key will also be exhibiting at Wizardry in Wood in October:


Ray Key’s Exhibitor page:


The Old Silk Mill

The Gallery at the Guild is at The Old Silk Mill in Chipping Camden, which the home of C. R. Ashbee’s world renowned Guild of Handicraft which occupied the property from 1902 to 1908.

Attracted by the history of the building and Chipping Campden’s excellent reputation throughout the arts and crafts movement, a co-operative of more than twenty artists and artisans moved into the Old Silk Mill bringing a variety of contemporary and traditional craftspeople to the home of The Guild of Handicraft.

Exhibition open: 10am – 5pm daily.


Phone: +44 (0)1386 840345

The Gallery at The Guild
The Old Silk Mill
Sheep Street
Chipping Campden
Gloucestershire GL55 6DS

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