Studio Critical: Exhibition

An Exhibition of Nick Vorstermans' woodenware collection

Saturday 13th April - Saturday 24th August

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Studio Critical is a Manchester studio creating tactile wooden objects. Maker Nick Vorstermans focuses his practice on using locally and sustainably sourced materials. His wooden spoons, bowls, furniture and other functional pieces are handmade, many of them from green wood salvaged from urban trees that fell naturally or were trimmed.

Studio Critical embraces a slow studio practice and encourages the thoughtful use of hand tools. Nick sees woodwork not only as a way to create beautiful everyday objects but as a rejection of mass production and consumerism. By mindfully constructing each piece using hand tools, he can make usable, treasured pieces from renewable and sustainable resources.

The life cycle of wood is important to Nick’s practice. Each piece of salvaged wood has a unique history and quality which informs his final designs. Nick is committed to having a low environmental impact. His holistic approach connects him to the material and his urban environment.

Studio Critical accepts commissions big and small, from a single spoon or set of bowls to bespoke furniture. His pieces can be seen upstairs in Studio 25 (Jane Blease) where you might find him at work.

Studio Critical: opens on Saturday 13th April – Saturday 24th August 2024
Free entrance
Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm
2nd Sunday of the Month, 11am – 5pm

Exhibition Celebration Event
Friday 3rd May, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Complimentary food & drink from BQ Bitesize. The boys will be firing up the BBQ using wood shavings from Nick’s work!

Select pieces are available for purchase. Items can be collected after the exhibition.
Please email [email protected], call 0161 832 4274, or pop into the office on the first floor.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre