Artist Ross Patston-Gill established and built
upon a reputation for producing unique artistic
pieces featuring the breath-taking colours and
textures of Tasmania's unique timbers, with many
of these pieces now proudly displayed in homes,
businesses and private collection around the world. Strongly committed to only sourcing timber from forestry residues, Ross became inspired to show the character and warmth of these rare forest jewels through the use of a form that highlighted the hidden beauty within the timbers, and as a result, the hollow vessel became both the signature work of Ross as well as the signature work of the Gallery.
Ross has traveled extensively, promoting the use of Tasmanian timbers, teaching and demonstrating wood-turning, and how to best coax the beauty hiding within the timber.
With Tasmania's forest industry in decline and withdrawal from old growth logging, the availability of these precious timbers is now limited to privately owned forests. This prompted the search for alternative materials, and a winter storm in 2017 provided the answer. For over 200 years Tasmanian's have been planting European trees; Birch, Elm, Oak, Alder, Poplar and Willow, as well as other exotic specimens which have grown into magnificent trees over the past two centuries. Growing old and dangerous as they fell victim to the winter winds, these trees now yielding their inner beauty and have become part of the palette when crafting hollow vessels. In addition, the lamination of more freely abundant timbers to create larger pieces means boards previously unsuitable or considered 'mediocre' for turning can be re purposed. Though technically challenging, this method offers many creative possibilities for the beginner and seasoned turner alike.
Mikkris House Gallery closed it's doors to the public after nearly 20 years. With the reopening by appointment only, our focus has shifted to teaching and the production of seasonal collections. Ross can be found most days at the lathe teaching others the craft of turning and continuing his own journey developing his skills. Mikkris House offers private tuition in a safe friendly environment from beginners to seasoned woodworkers looking for new experiences or challenges.
In 2018 a new workshop and gallery was opened at the Geeveston Town Hall Company Ltd. at 15 Church Street Geeveston. Visitors can watch Ross at the lathe as he works to create his distinctive pieces. Call in, say hello and browse through the Geeveston Town Hall with it's visitor information and many local craft items available.
Ross is at Geeveston Thurs-Sun afternoons and other times by arrangement. Please contact us if you are coming down to Geeveston