DON GRAY DORSET, 1997
"As we stand on the threshold of the new
millennium looking back into history we must marvel at what went before.
Then to consider the materials and equipment of today and all the
potential offered by communications technology. Surely the enthusiasm
and stimulants of a gathering such as this will be translated into the
innovations of tomorrow. I can do no better than refer to Owen Jones
(1806 - 1889) architect, designer and teacher of Applied Arts, appointed
Superintendent of Works for the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in
1851) who held strong convictions that historic and exotic styles were
for inspiration rather than imitation and insisted on honesty to ones
materials and soundness of craftsmanship, in short, artistic integrity".
(Left)Mr. Don Gray during his
demonstration of Vert de Mer at the 1996 Salon in
(Right) Mr. Joris Arts. (Background) An oak-dapple study in
charcoal by Mr. Alfred Marrecau.