2 April 2013
Late last month, we had the pleasure of visiting one of our end users, a Mr Steve Harrison, at his home and studio. From a young age Steve has been passionate about pottery and his particular passion is for designing and making exquisitely crafted teapots which he sells all over the world, but particularly to customers in Japan and China, where tea and the art of drinking tea is greatly appreciated. In particular, it was fantastic to meet someone like us who is totally passionate about their products and everything they do.
Steve is an avid radio listener and recently he purchased our R1 to replace his aging but much loved valve set. So impressed was Steve that he sent us his own eulogy which you can read below. You can find out more about Steve and his passion for teapots and tea by visiting his website www.steveharrison.co.uk. Check him out and you’ll see tea and teapots in a totally new light.
“Ruark Audio has achieved something very special with their audio equipment. Working in a solitary environment, two things have been essential in my life as a potter – my Aladdin paraffin heater and a valve radio. These old sentinels not only exude an aesthetic quality, but add another dimension to ones environment in the way they function. My R1 radio sits along side with all the modernity of function, a sound quality to match that valve warmth and a timeless elegance. I will continue to work alongside my R1 knowing we will have a lifetime together; there is something very reassuring about this developing relationship.”
25 February 2013
Our MD's Son David O'Rourke, is currently studying Film & TV Production at New Bucks University. Working together with fellow students their current brief is to write, film, edit and produce interesting short films often with a twist in the tale. Hopefully in a few years time David and his colleagues will be using their talents making feature length films, but for the time being sit back and enjoy their latest (slightly gory) film with a creepy end!
1 February 2013
The music may not be to everyone’s taste, but we like its punk style and we think that the video’s great. The fact that they’re a local band and the video has been shot around our home town of Southend on Sea makes it a joy to watch. Cool and stylish, we think that you’ll love Eight Rounds Rapid and their video too. An up and coming band to watch out for...
16 January 2013
Here at Ruark we love music of all genres, with Jazz being one of our favourites. Indeed Alan’s interview on Jazz fm was one of the highlights for us in November.
Always keen to assist and nurture local talent it was with great pleasure that we decided to sponsor Jam Jar Jazz, a new travelling Jazz Club, being the brainchild of Elisa Adams and her friend and fellow songstress, Hannah Marsh. Their launch night last August was met with rave reviews and so their Christmas special called for something bigger and better and indeed it was. Working in conjunction with metal who run Café Valise, a pop up café/bar venue in Leigh Community Centre the evening of the 14th December saw the creation of a vintage ballroom filled with twinkling lights, candles and cool vintage jazz tunes. The girls and their guests were accompanied by the excellent Ted Beament on grand piano, Alan Clark on drums, Roger Curphy on double bass as well as the indomitable Digby Fairweather and his cornet and Ashton Moore on sax.
The night was a complete success with a sell out crowd of 250 people attending and many having to be turned away from the door on the night. Jazz is normally played in small intimate gigs, but these girls are bringing it to the masses which is something to be applauded and something we are very pleased to be part of. Watch this space for news of Jam Jar Jazz events in 2013.