Elegance & Form
Summer Sculpture Show
Opens Friday 1st July 2016
The Summer Sculpture Show runs until Sunday 25th September
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.
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Nicola Axe is a Devon based sculptor with a passion for stone carving.
The material is challenging but the process of creating she finds deeply fulfilling.
She loves to carve the human form and her interests in spiritual development
provide the vision and meaning in much of her work. Nicola likes, where approriate, to incorporate crystals and fossils with the stone.
Lynn enjoys working in both two and three dimensions and works with both hot and cold glass using its unique optical qualities as a means of expression and communication. Her work revolves around the underlying themes of ‘movement and change’ and much of her work has a hidden meaning. Lynn’s glass daisies make a bold statement in any garden along with an element of fun. They glisten with droplets of rain after a passing shower and remind us how important water is both to us and the survival of our planet. Her cocoons trap air inside the glass, in effect trapping a moment in time.
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Christine sculpts in clay or wax to make beautiful figures based on the human figure or animal forms. She then casts them either into cast stone, bronze resin or bronze. 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 balance, gives you the tools to play with body language that communicates with the viewer; a small twist in a pose, an emphasis of a muscle, a strain in the balance, all these things speak volumes in the intuitively understood visual language of the body. A language that transcends time and culture. These are the things that excite me when making a new sculpture. Christine works directly from observation, and then works with the poetry and grace of the pose and subject.
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Caroline works in clay to produce sculpture in bronze and bronze resin, on a Wildlife and Equestrian theme. Brought up and living in the countryside, it’s the constant sightings of Wildlife, the flight of a Barn Owl, the fox slinking through the hedgerow, which inspires her work. Horses are another passion, and having ridden all her life she understands and tries to convey the curious mix of strength and sensitivity of the Horse
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.
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Belinda trained at Brighton on the wood, metal, ceramics and plastics BA, followed by a PGCE from the London Institute, she has continued to teach Design in Brighton alongside producing her own three dimensional work in a variety of media. Her current work is inspired by the plant kingdom in par-ticular the intricate flower and seed heads of Cow parsley and Dandelions. She studies and interprets these beautiful forms and produces aluminium and acrylic sculptures for outdoor spaces.
For me being an artist is a form of constant play and enquiry in many forms and on many levels……my work is born from the bonding of internal and external experiences and the conclusion of a piece is the point at which it exists by itself with me being the link in a process of creation. I really enjoy creating objects that enhance the natural beauty of the garden, many of them are huge. These large sculptures can take many weeks of labour to design and build. So it is very liberating to have developed smaller works that have enabled anyone the ability to own. I believe that we all should be able to own beautiful handmade items made here in the UK . Based in Sussex, I am an award winning sculptor who exhibits internationally. I was awarded the Henry Moore scholarship and sponsored by Time Out magazine to study MA sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London.
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Richard's work ranges from figurative through stylised to his abstracts, working almost exclusively in metal and using the nature of the materials to give colours and textures to the pieces along with form. The one critical component always present is curves. He find curves everywhere I look in the sky in reflections in water in humans, and more and more in man made objects. Curves are beautiful to look at but better if you can run your hand along one and Richard loves to see people touching his sculptures and getting something extra from the feel of the piece under their fingers.
Richard studied art for 4 years at Warwick college of Art and Birmingham City University, where he won the Ikon Gallery prize for the best in my degree show along with a ‘first’, In the years since he has been developing his own style and voice as a sculptor.
I've been making ceramics all my working life, since my apprenticeship in the mid 1970s. I was an apprentice with Adam Dvorski for six months at the Clyro Pottery just outside Hay-on-Wye. Having learnt the craft and thrown domestic ware I then started making humorous hippo's elephants, cows and much more on my own account.I started to produce more simplified pieces for the garden; hares, geese, sheep, hens etc. I use Crank mixture, a coarse clay, for the majority of my work. This mixture gives my work it's tactile nature. The hollow figures are hand-formed using coils with solid additions, coloured oxides are painted on then brushed with water to accentuate certain areas. The finished piece at the dry stage is then fired in an electric kiln to approximately 1260°C.
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Tony Ford has spent most of his life working with metal and has used his technical knowledge combined with his artistic flair to create a different approach to the design of his sculptures.He works closely with local Schools, Charities and Councils but most of his work is on commission. Taking a customer’s idea and with an original and creative input making it a reality.The range of work he undertakes is extensive, his motto is ‘A new day - a new challenge’.
Anna began her career in the theatre as a costume maker then a mid-life crisis drew her to study contemporary decorative craft at De Montfort University. For 15 years she has worked as a kiln- formed glass artist and has developed a striking signature style of richly coloured and textured glassware for the home and garden. She is influenced by floras and landscape and particularly enjoys expressing the colours of North Africa. When not working in her Nottingham studio Anna can be spotted in the souks of Marrakech!
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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.
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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."
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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.
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Clare Robertson works under the creative name of 'MissFire', also the name of her company established in 2008. Her vision for MissFire had led her to create work for a wide variety of clients, collaborate with an exciting array of talented artists, and build a business known for it's unique, fresh approach to an ancient craft. Inspiration is most often found in the beauty of the natural world. Her ability to imagine, design and manufacture pieces that satisfy the specific requirements and personal tastes of her customers has resulted in a vibrant collection of exciting, and often functional, works of art. Currently based at The Blacksmith's Shop in an ancient iron mine, MissFire has great respect for the history surrounding blacksmithing but believes the future of the craft lies within finding new ways to produce work, embracing new technology and offering clients quality and originality at a reasonable price.
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Miranda is completely self taught and has developed a style and technique that is entirely her own. Her lifelong interest in wildlife is her inspiration. The use of steel enables her to portray the movement and lightness that is the essence of wild things, but also the power and strength. Each piece is unique.
Since childhood I have loved making things with my hands and doing all kinds of art, but have had no formal art training. My early career was in Biology before my children came along, and it wasn’t until the 1980’s that I discovered clay modelling and started to make sculptures from life. Over the years I have drawn much inspiration from the great sculptors of the past especially Rodin, Degas, Marini and the portrait busts of Epstein.My sculpture has been exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions and I have work in many private collections. For the past 25 years I have been running Life Classes in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.
After a short evening course on basic welding at Holme Lacey college in 2011, I found it was something I could do & very much enjoyed doing; I haven't stopped making steel items since. After work & in my spare time I started making figurative pieces using found materials, mostly for close family birthday & Christmas presents. A friend asked if I would put a life size Billy Goat in an exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral; it was well received & from that I started getting commissions. I started putting my work in local exhibitions & sold enough to build & fully kit out my workshop. In 2013 I had enough ongoing work to make Sculpture my full time employment. I take my ideas from childhood, the countryside & everyday life; sometimes the materials themselves give me a concept. Recently I have done abstract work using large industrial architectural steels. I get a lot of pleasure from people's reaction to my work.
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Self taught in the art of mosaic, Kate Sell specialises in producing individually commissioned handmade mosaic mirrors & that enhance the design and beauty of your home & garden, each mirror reflecting the changes of the seasons making your mirror come alive with movement and colour. Kate’s commissions have incorporated floral & abstract designs using opaque stained glass and recycled mirror.
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Born in Cheltenham in 1966, Stuart has spent the last 20 years working self-employed in the electronic industry but decided to have a change in direction so in his spare time he enjoys creating and designing sculptures for family and friends, Stuart has now got a small workshop working with metal he makes every piece by hand either by drawing freehand or designing and working from a template. He has always been interested in art and is holding his first exhibition this year. Images of his work can been viewed on his website. If you would like any further information please don't hesitate to contact me. I hope you enjoy my work.
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I founded The Clay and Glass Studio, at Wagon Yard, London Rd, Marlborough, shortly after completing theCeramics with Glass BA Course at High Wycombe in 1998.
I moved to Ogbourne St. George in 2001 and established The Glass Studio,where I teach and exhibit my work. My passion is to create unique and individual glass art and I have been described as “a glass designer and maker of distinctive kiln-formed and stained glass, creating stunning glass forms that are both functional and decorative”. I use a variety of glass making techniques: hot glass, kiln-formed glass, stained glass, and all the methods used in glass making. Having learnt them, I now enjoy passing on my experience to others.
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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.
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These willow and wire artworks provide form and focus to any garden design, a Victoria Westaway piece is designed to celebrate the diversity of the area and enrich both wild and structured surroundings.The sculptures are designed for outdoor situations and are used within designs and details in gardens across the Country.
Victoria’s commissions include works for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 and 2015 and RHS Hampton Court 2016.
Anne Windsor, a graduate with no art training tried sculpture, starting over ambitiously with a large lion for the garden. She moved towards smaller reliefs and busts, sculpted in clay and cast in a stone mix mainly for gardens. Someone who bought her work suggested bronze. Such an idea seemed prohibitively expensive but a chance encounter with a man working in a small foundry allowed her to think about figures in solid bronze