‘Mal de Mer ll’ on Driftwood


‘Mal de Mer ll’ on Driftwood

Including UK delivery


‘Mal de Mer ll’ on Driftwood

Wooden Automata

Turn the handle and the little sail boat bobs up and down!

Collect from gallery £65

Including UK delivery £75

H 21.7 x W 9.3 x D 6.5 cm

Ian McKay worked in a range of fields including ceramics, metalwork and furniture-making, before making automata, and these various experiences explain his technical skill and obvious pleasure in working with different materials. He is proud to be labelled a toymaker and his approach to his work is refreshingly unpretentious: he says his beautifully constructed, frequently quirky and always eye-catching automata are ‘just something I make’.

“Everyone has toys, everyone plays. My mantra is ‘play every day’. Life is very serious and I think it’s good to have a bit of light relief. Children use play to find out how the world works, while adults use it as more of a distraction. It’s interesting watching how people react to my pieces. Most of them want to have a go and the experience of playing with them is quite liberating, it acts as a kind of escape.”