Out Of The Dark

Out of the Dark: Jay Blade

As part of our media sponsorship of Heal’s Modern Craft Market (until Feb 13th), allow us to introduce you to some very nice and talented people…

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What do you specialise in making?

We specialise making young people become more rounded and beautiful members within our society.

What part of the making process do you most enjoy: the arrival of an idea or the crafting of the finished piece?

I think it has to be the crafting of the finished piece, because it’s when you see your idea come to life and other people get to see your work. The joy you get is just – ‘Wow!’.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

Yes, it was a G Plan sideboard. People still ask us about this five years after.

Does your craft shape the way you consume products?

Yes it does: we only buy things that are going to last

or we can fix.

Where are you happiest outside of your workshop?

Anywhere with a hammer in my hand, pencil in my hat

and a plan on what I’m going to make.

A hole-and-corner is a secret place hidden away 

from the hustle and bustle of daily life: Where is your own 


It has to be our workshop, the fun we have doing what we do is unreal. To be working around and with young people is so rewarding, and making things look a bit better than they do already. This really feeds the soul.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

When you finish making something, stand back and ask yourself this: ‘Could someone make that better?’ If the answer is no, your job is done. But if the answer is yes, keep the lights on in the workshop, pull up your sleeves and get to work.

Out Of The Dark

Heal's Modern Craft Market

Photograph: Jon Cardwell