The Andrew Pearce story, like so many, begins around the table—in a family where food and ideas aesthetics and functional design, were served daily. Creativity and innovation run deep through the Pearce family generations. Each generation has found their inspiration in raw materials: Andrew’s father Simon works in glass; his grandfather Philip worked with clay. For Andrew, the raw ingredient is wood.
Andrew built his own house when he was twenty-two. After working along side his father for 10 years, at age thirty, Andrew decided to pursue a new path and start his own business. “I wanted to do my own thing. Something with an Andrew twist. I knew I needed to make something with my hands. I knew I liked building machines. I knew I wanted to try something that hadn’t been done before. And I knew I wanted to live in Vermont.” Making wooden bowls filled every requirement. Andrew took a woodworking class with Johannes Michelsen of Manchester, Vt. and discovered a love for the craft.
Technical innovation and resourcefulness are very important to Andrew. Touring an old, closed down woodworking factory with his father several years ago impressed on Andrew the importance of flexibility, efficiency, and innovation to any endeavor, particularly manufacturing. His wood bowls combine the artistic integrity of a hand-turned, hand-finished bowl with the efficiency of a machine-made bowl. Andrew has created a manufacturing process with equipment and machinery that he designed and helped build. It is a process that honors the locally-sourced wood by producing very little waste, minimizing environmental impact, and encouraging forest sustainability.