Dale Sardeson is a professional clockmaker and conservator based in West Sussex, with a passion for traditional craft and modern materials science, and his practice fuses these two disciplines. He trained at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and won several prizes during his studies, including two Trustees’ awards, one for his first-year new-build project, and another for his conservation work on the Society of Antiquaries’ falling globe clock in his final year.
Describe your approach to teaching.
The key thing for me is that people are able to understand the concepts and reasoning that underpins the processes they are taught. This means they are then able to apply the same reasoning to solve new problems when they are out of the class environment.
What inspires your own work?
More than anything else, I am interested in stories. Piecing together the narrative of a clock’s life, based on the evidence at hand, provides me with a deep sense of connection to history. My repair and conservation work is always sympathetic to the object, aiming to preserve its historic narrative and material authenticity.