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Biography  -  Introduction

Heryet's first steps into the realms of woodturning were taken by accident.

During years living in New Zealand in the mid-1990s, she enrolled on a woodworking course. Her thoughts were more of tables and cabinets rather than sculptural pieces and chasing threads.  In a moment of workshop exploration, she discovered a lathe, and was immediately smitten.

Since that time, the woodturning process and its creative possibilities have continued to enthrall. She is charged with a fascination for her medium and is driven to create curves that she sees, hears and feels.

"The immediacy and spontaneity of carving timber on a lathe is such a joy; I feel a relationship and dialogue with the timber, creating peace for me which transcends time".

She maintains that form and sensuous curves are paramount in her work, be it in creating finished works or a medium upon which to apply further creative processes.


Not only does she create her artwork, but she teaches and demonstrates too.

She has been honoured to demonstrate at numerous woodturning clubs across the UK, Ireland and USA. Seminars include the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, Irish Woodturners Guild, Ripon, Utah symposium and at the Association of American Woodturners convention in the USA.

Whilst mainly self-taught, she is quick to acknowledge those people who have helped along the way. She considers herself privileged to have had the opportunity to study with some of the best turners and artists in the world; in particular, Allan Batty here in the UK and Betty Scarpino in the United States.

She shares her passion and excitement for woodturning, whether demonstrating or teaching and, quite frankly, anyone within earshot.