Blott Works founder Dan Morrison is an artist-engineer with years of experience creating imaginative worlds and objects for stage and online. He hand-crafts limited-edition, functional sculptures, exploring the interplay between natural and industrial worlds, and our emotional relationships with them.
Dan’s work encourages interaction, introducing a sense of ritual into everyday activities, involving kinetic elements and simple mechanisms to adjust pieces or set them in motion. His aesthetic is about a love of characterful mechanics: sumptuously curved custom cars and bikes, raw industrial materials, and the functional charm of simple machine components. Where possible components are \”over-engineered\” to give an air of indestructibility. Materials have strong heritages in both practical and decorative settings: industrial metals, concrete and hardwoods.
Recently Dan has developed playful uses for gravity and equilibrium in new sculptural lamps, bringing together physical principals found in wheels, scales and rocking-chairs. He has created consistent processes for shaping plywood; designed beautiful structural aluminium parts that balance perfectly, and engineered brass weights to allow full adjustments of the lamp. The result is Blott Works’ new and fun Balance lamps collection.
Dan is driven to create by the act of taking a feeling or insight, and making it available to others in a way that enriches their lives.
Based in Lancashire, Dan joined Design-Nation in 2015.