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NEW WORK


 


I'm currently working on some new creepy-crawlies for an exhibition of BEAUTY AND THE COPPER BEASTS at Lovely's Gallery at 248 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, Margate. Most exciting at the moment is this centipede, a metre long including feelers. That's BIG.

 

 

 

 


Also for BEAUTY AND THE COPPER BEASTS, to represent the 'beauty' side, a new work: a single red rose. Notice in particular the play of golden-green sheen on the leaves, contrasting with the rich red of the petals, all achieved by heating and quenching the copper at different temperatures.

The red colouring is known as 'the Greek gift' because the original technique for getting this colour by heating copper was originally developed in ancient Greece - though I had to re-invent it for myself, not having heard of the idea at the time.

 

 

 

 


A final picture of work for the exhibition of BEAUTY AND THE COPPER BEASTS is this giant spider and some babies. It's not a great photo, for which I apologise - but I needed to get a hand into the picture to give an idea of scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 


I have done various shells
before, but never on this scale: about 18" across. It makes a very dramatic statement, and the colours are even stronger in real life than in the picture.

 

 

 


A new leaf, in response to a commission from a customer at the Fire and Iron Gallery in Leatherhead. This is a copper beech leaf - literally! - and it's
quite large; about ten inches long. The colours, unsurprisingly, work very well.

 

 

 


I have made a seashore wader before, but I'm re-visiting and re-composing the piece. Mounted on a well-weathered piece of wood whose natural shapes and grain echo the sand-and-silt pools, accompanied by verdigris-coloured tufts of shore-grass - I'm very pleased with the result. It is closest to a curlew, I think, but the exact bird is less important than the mood. Anyway, there are so many to choose from: whimbrels, snipe, redshank, or even a long-billed dowitcher, would you believe.

 

 

 

 


Pictures of my
'boxing' hares. This picture was taken after they had been outside and weathered for some time, and these are unlacquered, which makes the colour look quite dark in the dull light of an overcast day.

 

 

 


I had a recent commission to make a branch of hop
bine, symbol of health and untroubled sleep. My patron only asked for the vine and leaves, without flowers, which I thought fortunate, because they are unusually-shaped and looked impossibly fiddly... but having enjoyed making the hop bine I thought I'd try the flowers too. Here's the result!

 

 

 

 


I have re-worked my original single dahlia with slightly re-shaped petals and a
more developed heart. (The previous petal-shape does exist, but this is a different variety.) I like the result, and I'll continue experimenting with the other main dahlia varieties: cactus, ball and pom pon (yes, that's correctly spelt, strange though it looks).

 

 

 

 

 


I have been making for some time single
sailing-yachts in various forms, on a stormy sea of wild copper waves, or as here for wall-hanging; but then I found this beautifully-grained wood, and decided to float three little boats upon it.

I like the shapes that the forces of nature dictate in the boats: the wind curving the sail, the hull shaped to part the waters.

 

 

 

 

 


My giant dahlia blooms in the Savill Gardens, Windsor Great Park, from October until November last year in their Autumn Exhibition
. SOLD, but I'm happy to develop the theme!

 

 

 


Aesop comes to reality: the story of the hare and the tortoise told in copper
. Mounted on a sinuous oak pathway, this hare will be forever racing to catch up, but he's never going to match the tortoise's steady progress.

 

 

 


Woodpecker revisited, with enhanced colour, and mounted on a lovely piece of richly-grained wood. An earlier version of the woodpecker will be found in Gallery 1, and large and giant sizes at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens exhibition - scroll down on the HOME page for a picture.

 

 

 


A New Zealand Fantail perches over a nest and egg.
These bold and popular birds are a favourite in New Zealand, and the sculpture was produced as a commission for family friends who are regular visitors there. Since then, further fantail sculptures have been sent to New Zealand itself, to live in their home habitat.

 

 

 

 


A simple heart design entwined with flowers. These are popular
gifts for commemorative events - anniversaries, weddings, and even christenings. A large (one metre across) version is in Dunlin and Diver for Valentine's 2017 - as seen on the Home Page.

 

 

 


My three fish, larger version of which are seen
individually below, but here mounted on a beautiful piece of burred walnut.

 

 

 


Three leaping fish, for wall-hanging, boldly coloured and worked with extra detail in the bands of scales. I like the cumulative effect of movement that comes from having a group seen together, but they also work well as single sculptures.

I also make similar fish in full 3-dimensions, which can be mounted on thin rods, so they seem to be leaping above water features, border plants or grasses, and these can be really eye-catching. A line of seven of these can currently be seen leaping above the rill at the Savill Gardens Autumn Exhibition, Windsor Great Park, through to November 19th.


 

 


A single seahorse, developing a theme I have worked before, with more shaping and colouring to the fin, 'mane' and tail.
Compare with the seahorse and seaweed lower on this page.

 

 

 


A
cockerel bossing his hens about. The hens are available in different sizes. The cock's tail and comb are quite strongly coloured, which does not show very clearly on this background. Owners say it's fun moving them to new arrangements each time you mow!

 

 

 


A
spider working on his web. I make these in different sizes, and they are quite fiddly; but they make an unusual conversation piece in the right setting.

 

 

 


My pheasant,
boldly coloured and full of attitude. A simple steel rod pushes into the ground, and then one of his legs slots over it, to ensure he stays upright - as with the chickens, above.

 

 

 


A
magnificent and strikingly-coloured lily, as seen (briefly) on "Gardeners' World". I make these in bold red, or golden-bronze, and the flowers are lacquered so that the colours will not darken with age as copper normally does.

 

 

 

 


Me and my tortoise! VERY pleased with this, my heaviest, most detailed (and highest-priced) sculpture to date. The armoured skin of the legs, the wrinkled skin of the neck, and the colours of the shell, all worked out just as I wanted them. He went to Delamore for their exhibition in May, and then to Sussex Prairie Gardens and is now at the Fire and Iron gallery in Leatherhead. If you need a statement piece to go on the lawn...


 

 

 


A new tulip for 2016: I'm calling it simply 'open tulip'. It has strong colour, and more detail in the stamen and anthers; and is larger than the other ranges, coming in giant and large sizes - though I could do standard size if someone would like them.


 

 

 


A group of brightly-coloured poppies, with buds and seed-heads.


 

 

 


The Seahorse is accompanied by bladder-wrack seaweed, which has been induced to go verdigris green, the natural colour for weathered copper. The seahorse himself is lacquered to retain the fresh copper colour, and the whole is set on a chunk of weathered driftwood.


 

 

 


The Amaryllis is a special flower for me, and I've really brought out the blazing red of the flower, and the wild abandon of the sheer enthusiasm of the massive blooms. New in November 2012, but seen here for the first time.


 

 

 

Please excuse the poor quality of this image. The robin is a bright, cheeky sculpture, looking ready to hop or fly away at a momentary alarm, and he deserves a better picture than this, but it's all I have at the moment. An improvement will follow as soon as possible.


 

 

 

 


The Scottie was a commission, and is 55cm in length. He has plenty of character!

There are a dachshund and a retriever lower down on this page.

 

 

 

 


A giant oak leaf, coloured by heating, and then lacquered so it will retain these colours forever. It is four feet tall, and has loops on the back for wall-hanging.

I have two other giant leaves - sycamore and horse chestnut - and together they make a fine tryptich.

 

 

 


First seen at Coughton Court (National Trust, near Alcester in Warwickshire) in 2013, the peacock feather is
six feet tall. Natural verdigris colouring has been induced on the fronds of the feather, whilst the central spine remains copper-coloured. The feather has also been made in a smaller size, but at any size there is a great deal of work involved - each of the wire fronds being individually shaped and brazed in place.


 

 

 


A bird in the hand.

My wren, a cheekie chappie who appears on trees or other foliage, or on his own if you prefer.

 

 

 


I call this my Agapanthus, although it's only loosely inspired by that flower.
This one is a small windowsill version, but I also make a full-size garden giant where the mad flower-head towers six to eight feet in the air, and the three writhing leaves have a span of about four to five feet. These were seen and much appreciated at at Delamore House, Devon, in May 2015.


 

 

 


Three new leaf designs, created in response to a request from a regular customer.
She already has several of my other leaves, and asked if there were any further varieties; and a creative mood was on me, so I took a couple of days and experimented with shapes, textures and colours. I am delighted with the results, and I hope you will be too.

From the top, they are horse chestnut, ash, and elm.

These ones are suitable for a window-sill, but I shall be making large versions as well. They all have hanging loops so that they can also be wall-mounted.


 

 

 


Do you like spiders? Sorry!

This one is huge: fifteen inches wide, eighteen inches long. He makes me shudder! He is currently living in my Dad's office at school, to terrify impertinent schoolchildren into doing as they are told.

If that sculpture makes you recoil a little uneasily, scroll down slowly...


 

 

 


Whilst we are with the creepy-crawlies, how about Britain's largest beetle?

This one is about twelve inches long. He is richly coloured, and the armoured wing-cases and body, plus the threatening claws, and the spindly articulated legs, all suit the copper medium very nicely.

 

 

 

 

 


You have to love the hopping hare. I'm so pleased with the way he looks, and the way he would move if he could; the bounding back legs, the sinewy forelegs. A great deal of time and detail goes in there to make him look right; but I am SO glad I stuck with it until he was perfect
.

I have also done a dancing hare, changing direction in mid-air as he leaps.


 

 

 


Happy Christmas
! A pudding, generously covered in sauce, with a sprig of holly. Just the thing to set everyone in the right mood. Three sizes are available: 3 1/2 inch, 6 inch or 10 inch. This was a new creation in November 2012, though it looks so right I can't believe I hadn't thought of them before. Looks good on its own, or as a row of three sizes on the mantelpiece; use as a table centre, or goodwill sign in the front window.


 

 

 


Just look at the COLOURS! I'm delighted with how this has come out. The shape has been developing for the last four or five fish, but the new intense patterning of colours - still entirely caused by heating and cooling the copper - has been a revelation
. Eureka!


 

 

 

 


This version of the stag is a further development of the theme, and I was very pleased with how he looked in the 2011 summer exhibition in Nottingham
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My guinea pig! Life-size, made for a comission at Christmas. Very tactile, and I love how well the colour has come out. The rounded plump bottom, the questing nose, and the absurd flappy ears that surely can't be any help in hearing. Did you notice the front feet?


 

 

 


Bullrushes in a natural garden pond setting. Well, OK, it's a lake, but they do work in ponds too. Height range 3-5 feet approximately.


 

 

 


The mole is laquered, so his colour will keep the lovely velvet brown, and pink nose and paws. Life-size.

 

 

 


This cow was a commission, and is actually a miniature breed: the Dexter. They stand only 3-4 feet tall at the shoulder. However, if anyone would like a full-size cow, I shall be delighted to
tackle that too. This version is 10" tall.


 

 

 


With each season that passes the colours come more into their own. My swan's nest has been in exhibition at the Salutation gardens in Sandwich and at last year's exhibition in Nottingham. This spring at Pashley Manor gardens, the ultimate accolade was paid by a moorhen who successfully reared a clutch of seven eggs in the nest.


 

 

 


The
feline form, like the character of the cat, is all about style and image; self-centred and self-indulgent.


 

 

 


A group of penguins. I have done individuals of various sizes - and of course these can be bought singly if people wish - but these were conceived and have been shown as a set of three.

 

 

 


Revisiting the duck: the mallard is a new take on the form. It is amazing, when you start to look closely at them, how many animals
are really crazy shapes; the duck, more so than most. As with all my colouring, the wing-stripes are purely caused by heating and cooling the copper.


 

 

 


A dachshund, commissioned before Christmas.


 

 

 


From autumn 2011, the retriever is a very small-scale sculpture, a desk-top piece. He is 4" tall. I was pleased to be able to get this much detail into a small-scale piece, and I think he works very well, in both texture and proportions. The character of the breed still comes through.


 

 

 


The giraffe was my biggest new piece in 2011, but he's only a baby: he stands eight feet tall to the top of the antlers. To put it another way, a tall person can stand under the head without any fear of bumping on the jaw. That makes him still less than half the height of a fully-grown adult, which is an impressive idea. One day maybe I'll have the chance to do one of those, too.

He is seen here on view in the Nottingham sculpture garden exhibition, in June 2011.


 

 

 


I'm really pleased with the tulips. The natural rich plum colouring from heating the copper suits the flower; the yearning twists of the stem can be picked up by the pipe; and the single broad leaf makes a contrasting complementary shape. They are a naturally sculptural flower. I think they are most interesting when slightly over-open, but it's a matter of personal preference.

Here set in a row in a natural piece of tree, they can equally be used in a vase, or as single wall ornaments, or used outside in the garden. For the garden, I have also made giant-sized versions about 3 feet tall, which can be an interesting talking-point.

Both standard and giant-sized could be seen at the annual Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor, East Sussex, in April 2011.


 

 

 


More experiments with flowers: the poppy, in bud, flower, and seed-head. The seed-head in particular is fun - hard, round, very tactile.

 

 

 

 


The Green Man was a commission, and not probably a thing I would have thought of trying for myself. However, the oak leaves are something I have done before - dry leaves are utterly fascinating, and work so well in copper. Shaping the leaves into a face creates a slightly scary image; a reminder that nature is wild, and to be underestimated or ignored at our peril.


 

 

 


The Phalenopsis orchid, arial roots reaching, and the angular stalk offering its beautiful flowers to the light. This has proved very popular, and it should be seen in real life. The delicate colours in the flower petals cannot be seen clearly in this photograph.


 

 

 


The angry gull scolds us for approaching too close. I was pleased with the angles of the pose; it captures the essence of seagull at close quarters. Rowdy, greedy, raucous.

 

 

bear
 


The Bear was the major project of 2009, and I was very pleased with the final result: particularly the fur, and those great paws. He's going to have a permanently shiny nose, because everyone who meets him reaches up and strokes it.

Price: by individual agreement.

 

 


Tortoise. Actually I just made the shell, but a complete one is on the drawing-board
.

 

 

cat
 


Abbysinian cat, 9" tall, very elegant and supremely feline.
I have also done a life-size version.

 

scorpion
 


The Scorpion, like the crab and some other sculptures, works very well in metal because of its armoured nature.
I also like the scuttling effect. This one is about 6" across.

 

 

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