Bethan Laura Wood graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Three-Dimensional Design in 2006, and continued her education at the Royal Collage of Art where she studied under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper, in the Design Product department completing in 2009.
Since completing her MA studies, Bethan's work has been in demand by galleries, collectors and curators. She has undertaken Residences with London's Design Museum, the Fondazione Claudio Buziol in Venice and AAA Wanted new Artisans Vicenza. Most recently her Totem No.5 has been purchased by MUDAC, Musee de design et d'arts appliques contemporains Lausanne for their glass collection.
As Part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations acknowledging 60 years of the Queens support of the Royal Academy of Arts Bethan was one of the 850 specially invited Alumni representing the best of British Creative talent, to a gala in the presents of the Queen. Other guests included David Hockey, Dame Vivien Westwood, Sir Derek Jacobi.
In 2013 Bethan was Shortlisted for Design Week's Rising Star Award (winner still to be announced), received the UK Ketel One Vodka modern craft legacy prize for her work with laminate, and announced as one of the Designers of the Future for Design Miami and W Hotel award. She will be presenting the new pieces created in response to the award brief 'making connections' during Design Miami Basel this year.
Bethan showcases her limited edition lighting and furniture ranges exclusively with Nilufar Gallery.
Her collections Totem and Moon Rock which were presented at Milan Salone 2011 & Design Miami/Basel 2011 were shortlisted for Product of the Year and Furniture of the year respectively in the London Design Museum's Designs of the Year Awards 2012.
Alongside running her studio Bethan is passionate about spreading knowledge, regularly taking part in lectures and workshops, most recently at the TATE and V&A Museum. She also currently teaches on the MA in Design at ECAL Switzerland.
By re-contextualizing elements from existing, everyday objects, combined with research into the constituent elements of a modern city, Bethan creates new products which rediscover, explore and celebrate different attributes and aspects of the "mundane". Her work often focuses on the pattern, colouration and patination of objects, the result of the making process and subsequent traces of usage.
Locality has also become an important factor to her design process, often working in response to the area in which she resides. Be it collaborating directly with local manufacturing, or reflecting elements particular to that area within the work.
Bethan is fascinated by the connections we make with the objects that surround us and, as a collector herself, likes to explore what drives people to hold onto a particular object yet discard another.