Spring 'Elegance and Form' Sculpture Show
Friday 2nd May - Sunday 15th June 2014
Opening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am- 6pm
(including Bank Holidays)
Opening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am- 6pm
(including Bank Holidays)
Elegance and Form Spring Sculpture Show
2nd May - 15th June 2014
Below is a short biography of each sculptor and photographs of some of the pieces on display in our Autumn sculpture show. Not all pieces are shown here. You will receive a complimentary Show Guide from the shop your arrival which lists all of the pieces in the show. It is updated regularly as pieces are sold and replaced.
Living and working in the Somerset countryside gives me endless inspiration and my love of gardening has lead me to create a wide range of designs that combine practical and aesthetic qualities. Plant supports that are functional but also pleasant to the eye. Left to weather naturally to give a more organic appearance that blends beautifully with the planting scheme of any garden. A fire dish that will keep you warm and add an attractive feature to your patio even when it’s not in use. Other pieces are simply designed to add another dimension and focal point. Changing with the weather and light they will always attract your attention and complement their natural surroundings. www.willaashworth.co.uk
Christine makes stone classical and modern female figures, animal and water features, garden sculpture and statuary. She specialises in figurative garden sculpture with a personal and authentic touch.
Christine sculpts in either clay or wax. Her figurative work is always directly from observation. She says: “I love natural forms, really looking and understanding the structure, the volume, the weight and the balance. If you get all these things right then the result is always beautiful and pleasing.” Christine produces her work either in cast stone, bronze resin or bronze.
Caroline sculpts in clay and most of her works are now cast as limited editions. She is fascinated by the way thought and instinct are expressed in form, a lifelong interest from her childhood on a Cotswold farm which gave her the time and freedom to study living things and their behaviour. That knowledge still informs and infuses her work, which can be found now in private collections in Germany, Australia, Canada and the USA, as well as throughout the UK.
Mike studied sculpture in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, for over two years, after retiring from a 32-year career in engineering design and manufacture. He has also studied wax modelling, moulding and casting at West Dean College. He manufactures his own moulds and cast pieces in plaster, cement fondue and terracotta, and has work cast in bronze or other metals by a specialist foundry. His latest work is in stainless steel and explores the essential elements of plant forms. All this work is of a welded construction and is designed for external display within the garden environment, or as indoor arrangements. www.mikebigland.com
Kevin Blockley ARBS
Kevin is a professional archaeologist and member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. I have worked in various art forms over the years, but found the permanence of stone particularly rewarding. Following my excavations in Canterbury Cathedral in 1993, and with the encouragement of the cathedral’s stone masons, I started carving stone after being immersed in medieval architecture for over six months. Once familiar with the material MY medieval-style sculptures soon gave way to more personal, dynamic forms before progressing to pieces influenced by microscopic life. New pieces for 2013 and 2014 are a development of the microscopic forms into large-scale outdoor pieces. www.kevinblockleysculpture.weebly.com
Rebecca Buck is originally from New York, USA and works with beautiful, highly durable Architectural Clays to make sculptures referring to the Natural World and our place in it. Her Studio work is in private collections all over the world and her Public Sculptures are with the National Trust , National Parks and in locations across South Wales.www.ospreystudios.org
I am a steel sculptor with a passion for understanding the world around us. I am intrigued by the varied forms nature has created and love understanding how everything interacts, from the intrinsic properties of nature at molecular and biological levels, up to theories of our universe. Being brought up on a farm I have a particular interest in learning practical skills, I taught myself to weld old machinery parts together and unintentionally found this ability. A Bachelors in Civil Engineering taught me to visualise and understand the forces and tensions involved in construction. Interacting with our environment and seeing it from varied perspectives, both on the farm and in my hobbies, gives me a fascination with the complexities of our world. www.willcarrsculptures.co.uk
Hilary grew up in Devon and studied Fine Art at Exeter School of Art and Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham. She makes work in stainless steel, steel and bronze, with other materials for exhibitions and for private and public commission. She has completed over 60 public art commissions and her work is sited across the UK from Edinburgh to London to Exeter. Her subject matter is always figurative and often from the natural world. ‘My working methods are craft orientated and time consuming. The method of fabrication is much like a patchwork quilt hand stitched with minute detail but in weld and in-filled with embroidery (glass mosaic, bronze etc)’
Jenny is an artist and blacksmith who makes individual handmade pieces for the home and garden. Inspired by the beauty of the outdoors Jenny makes furniture with a sculptural quality, designed to add an individual statement to a home or garden. Jenny began working with metal in 2003 and is one of only a handful of women who has a degree in Artist Blacksmithing.
Her recent work includes Chrysanthemum flowers, which can be used as candle holders or bird feeders and are made in three different sizes up to a metre and a half in height.
James Connolly is a sculptor who came to live in the Cotswolds over 25 years ago, drawn there by the rich limestone of the region, which varies from the honey coloured tones of the North to the pearly white of the South which forms the basis for much of his work. Here he developed his own characteristic style of carving, in which he seeks to harmonise the human figure into its essential blocks of form and interlocking shape. 'My labour as a stone sculptor is to take each fresh block of unplumbed, secretive stone and working only with simple tools- mallet and chisel- to seek the shape hidden within the uncarved block, and with tender blows, release it to the light…' http://www.connollyart.co.uk
Martin is a figurative artist working in clay who has his work produced in bronze and bronze resin. He says: “I try to produce powerful dramatic sculptures with a beauty of form. Sculpture should be tactile, making the viewer want to interact physically as well as visually. With a lifetime fascination with the way the body moves, I find myself drawn to dancers, especially contemporary dance rather that classical ballet. I enjoy the challenge of capturing the essence of movement, balance and tension with a static sculpture.”
Colleen Du Pon
Colleen du Pon is a female artist/blacksmith originally from Canada and now living in Bridport, West Dorset. She earned a BA in Silversmithing and Metalwork at Camberwell College of Arts in London.
Colleen produces a range of work, blending forging with hand, hammer and anvil, with contemporary metalworking processes to create works in mild steel, from functional items to sculpture and architectural work to commission.
Clay gives me the means to combine, express and enjoy my interests in plants, landscapes and texture. I focus on making sculptures and planters for garden use, firing them to stoneware temperatures so that they are frostproof. Colours are soft, natural and muted, intended to complement plants rather than compete with them. Surfaces are carved, polished, scraped or sometimes inlaid with a contrasting clay, with occasional use of glazes. As all pieces are individually handbuilt and decorated, no two can ever be identical, and that is very important to me in this age of mass-produced uniformity.
Angela has created a collection of elegant sculptures based on the female form. Originally specialising in ceramics, she now uses a range of materials including bronze and bronze resin.
She has an unnerving skill in depicting the female form in all of its glory, somehow capturing the modern idiom, whilst at the same time preserving the traditional values of classical figurative sculpture. Angela captures the poise and elegance of the catwalk model and the essence of seduction within the semi-naked figure.
Lynette began her career as a commercial artist and later developed an interest in sculpture and contemporary stained glass. However it is an interest in kiln-formed glass that has resulted in her exploration of different glass forming techniques. Often taking inspiration from nature there is frequently a uggestion of fluidity and movement within her work.
I hand build sculptural pieces for the home and garden using coiling and slab building techniques. I build up complex surfaces for my architectural pieces by rolling the clay into a range of textured surfaces and emboss it using found objects. I subsequently carve into the surface before glazing up to three times in order to create a rich patina. I enjoy working from a wide variety of subject matter, with recent sculptures based on the figure, architecture and natural forms. However, underlying much of my work is a fascination in artefacts from the past such as ancient Chinese bronzes, medieval carvings and pre-Renaissance biblical imagery. I was awarded a first class degree at Manchester Metropolitan University in 3D design and studied Ceramics at Alfred University in New York State, USA.
With 20 years experience in the commercial artistic world Anne understands the challenges of large commercial work along with appreciating the delicacies of a private commission.
She has developed an ever expanding portfolio of work using such media to express herself as steel, wood, bronze, fibreglass, clay, cement, mosaic and, of course, paint and relishes the opportunity to work in or with a new material.
She is an established and well respected Worcestershire Artist of more than 15 years who specialises in two dimensional Contemporary Glass Mosaic Sculptures. Each year her works continue to evolve, as new pieces are created. Her work encompasses mosaic in the widest possible sense with colour in a very distinctive diverse style, reflecting many moods with texture, patterns and light. She aims to create a piece of Art that becomes part of the environment in which it is placed. Mosaic can bring life and interest to any part of the garden, enriching the space that's seen all year round. A glittering mosaic of broken mirrored glass creates a fantastically reflective surface, making every piece a unique work of art. She is forever exploring the limits of a ‘sheet of glass’ and the possibilities she has yet to discover.
Daren usually works in steel, often using bicycle parts. He also works with other materials, such as polymers, if appropriate. Daren enjoys the challenge of taking everyday objects and reinterpreting them in new and unexpected contexts, elements which are expressed strongly in his metal sculptures. He says: “I individually hand make my own designs. These are completely original, unique and immediately recognisable as my work."
I take inspiration from a theory that the sphere is the fundamental shape of all things from the microscopic to the unimaginably massive. Using the Constructivist principle of employing negative space I design and make mild and stainless steel sculpture using geometry and illusion to create "solid" spheres. I'm fascinated by gyroscopic motion and intersecting planes, elements which I use to create artwork which imitate both the motion of rotating celestial bodies and the orbit of an electron. Jude is currently based in East Yorkshire and welcomes commissions for both a large and small projects.http://www.judeheaton.co.uk/
Cartoon sculpture has been my forte over the last twenty years. Looking to take a break from this more intricate work and save my eyes at the same time, I have returned to a previous interest in natural form. Embracing some new welding and metalworking techniques has lead and inspired further designs. Each is individually crafted in my garden studio before being planted in the lawn, to age over a few weeks. The idea behind simple steel shapes was to produce natural forms that, while fitting well in their surroundings, also stand out through contrasting texture and colour. Many of the designs create hollow form, framing fragments of background nature or buildings. Reflection and light add to the 360 degree interest I’m always trying to achieve. http://www.ckgardensculptures.co.uk/
I grew up on the coast outside Gothernsburg, my use of colour and decorative technique is inspired by the Swedish coast. After ceramic design at Central Saint Martin's in London and securing a valuable placement with Kate Malone, I moved into mould and model making for designers in the industry. After 10 years I have rekindled my passion for clay, creating visual, expressive and pleasingly tangible oozing shapes and forms. Each piece based on nature, and moulded individually by hand, I hand mix coloured glazes which melt together during the firing process to create my signature finish.
‘Quirky Foliage is my humorous creative response to the natural world around us all – I find inspiration on walks, beachcombing, and in science journals, but particularly in my own garden. There is a sense of contrasting chaos and order which I hope is reflected across my work, in a response of joy or stillness.
The sculptures reflect my amazement at the diversity of seed pods, leaf shapes and buds at different times of year. The moving pieces are my way of enjoying the garden from the house even on a winters’ day, as they bend and sway in the slightest of breezes. More than one stem, and they appear to have a conversation with each other which makes me smile.
KATE NEWLYN is a widely collected sculptor whose work ranges extensively in style, material and subject. Frequently humorous, always sincere and often moving, she injects a life into the inanimate that sets her apart from many of her contemporaries.
Angela’s sculpture is a direct response to the human form, aiming to catch through the inclination of the head or the tilt of the shoulders a spiritual connection in each figure. Most are sculptures of women created in her studio in the Wye Valley working with a model. She makes the sculpture in clay which is then cast in bronze resin. The sculptures are suitable for garden settings and interiors ranging from small table pieces to life size.
Moira is a figurative sculptor working largely from life to capture the essential vitality and warmth of the figure whether the pose is restful or dynamic. Her focus is studying the surfaces and movement in the human form, but whether sculpting animals or humans she strives to produce work which radiates a feeling of living energy, invoking a personal resonance with the viewer. Her group of life size roe deer sculptures is based on the deer which enjoy relaxing under the apple trees in her garden in Dorset. Moira initially models her work in clay or wax, it is then cast in bronze or bronze resin and includes sculptures for both indoors and outdoors. Her work ranges from small hand held sculptures to larger outdoor pieces.
I am a student currently studying the BA Honours in Contemporary Art and Professional Studies at Weston College in conjunction with Bath Spa.My work in ceramics is intuitive and it evolves by chance while I am working with the clay, I can start with one thought and then that thought progresses on, so that eventually the clay resembles something completely different to the first thought that I had. I welcome mistakes in my work because the clay can take on a different shape or meaning than my initial idea. I glaze my ceramics intuitively and let the glaze go where it wants to by either pouring it on, splashing it on or spraying it on, this technique has come from my love of abstract art.
Marie has always been fascinated with forms and movements and this reflects so well in her sculptures. She likes to explore various facets of sculpture from the sensitivity and movement of the human form to humour in animals or the pleasing shape of fruits. Her favourite material is plaster but she also work in clay, wax and her sculptures are then cast either in bronze or bronze resin. The sculpture takes form and evolves as it is created. The final creation is a moment captured.
Caro Sweet ARBS
My sculpture is fundamentally a celebration of life. I am inspired by nature, belief and belonging and a sense of the ethereal in our natural world. I work with polystyrene because of its perceived ethereal qualities, its sense of weightlessness and light. I challenge myself to retain this sense of lightness and radiance when the sculpture is cast in iron, which is traditionally a very solid, heavy-looking material. When modelling with nuggets of clay I aim to capture light and shadow and the visual history of a sculpture’s creation, always aiming for rhythm, harmony and a timeless quality in the final bronze piece.Whether my primary material is polystyrene or clay my focus and methodology is always the same: to strip away all unnecessary diversions and refine the form to fully reveal its essence or ‘soul’. http://www.carosweet.com/
Philip gains his inspiration from observing our natural environment as well as the intricate layers of humanity. He works with stainless steel for its reflective and contemporary qualities and bronze for its patination effects. He creates contemporary public sculptures, for both interior and exterior, garden sculptures that are inspired by nature.
Sally Anne Tottle's work is inspired by her love of animals, in particular her fascination for horses. As a teenager she was awestruck by the horses for the Parthenon frieze and ancient horses have remained a great source of inspiration until this day. In the 1980s Sally trained in ceramics and exhibited throughout the South West until a serious riding accident curtailed her artistic career. After training as an Alexander Technique Teacher to regain her health, she has taught in Monmouth for the last twenty five years. However, Sally's passion for art has never dwindled and during that time she attended courses run by The Society of Equestrian Artists before setting up her own studio at home working in clay, bronze and jesmonite. More recently she has been experimenting with wire and how light can be reflected through it to create fluidity and movement. www.penallt.org.uk/art-in-penallt/2013/artists/sally-tottle
Born and raised in India, Lata currently lives and works in the UK. Lata is a visual artist that specialises in contemporary sculpture and has completed masters in fine art in both India and London. Her work is held in private collections throughout Europe, India and Korea. Lata's work reflects upon her own life, through a journey of exploration of materials, texture, colour, pattern, shape and form. Her current work is a return to her roots, the sense of re-familiarisation, which the experience of migrating to the west necessitates. The return has given her the shape of the specific circular form, symbolic of the cycle of time. www.lataupadhyaya.com