Cheshire Life Feature 2009
have been an artist blacksmith and sculptor for over 15 years, starting by
making artistic gates in London and Kent and then moving up to Mill Forge near
Nantwich in Cheshire, UK. I produce one off pieces of sculpture in
metal and wood for sculpture trails and exhibitions as well as garden
art and interior sculpture and sculptural furniture. I like to make site
specific sculpture for public spaces as well as small figurative pieces
and I have a special interest in the human face and masks.
recently I have been making some of my sculpture in bronze, moulding my
work in wood, wax and plaster, then taking them to a local foundry in
north wales. I exhibit my work at summer exhibitions, both locally and
nationally (more detail on the Exhibitions page
as well as art galleries and garden shows.
| ||I like to balance art and
craft, making practical and functional items with a sculptural element
but also making pure decorative art pieces.
began making sculpture following a trip to Italy to visit a group of
artists and sculptors. During my studies in London I attended the Slade
School of Art, I trained in life drawing. This influenced my metalwork
inspiring me to create unique sculptures, going against the trend of the
time for abstract sculpture. I have always preferred to make figurative
work. Though not usually literal in subject, my pieces often echo
classical sculpture with a modern, sometimes humourous flavour.
ironwork lends itself well to sculpture as it can be worked using a
variety of techniques including hot forgework and welding. I have
developed new techniques using a power hammer to mould steel plate which
is then cut to shape, re-welded and re-worked. I also works in bronze,
wood, copper and other media, always preferring to be hands on rather
than contracting out any of the making process"
The image above is from a feature published in Cheshire Life Magazine, November 2009 To read the full article click here: Cheshire Life Nov 09