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Sculpture in a Landscape 1969 - 2020 at West Leaze

This year our exhibition, ‘Sculpture in a Landscape 1969 – 2020’, has a rather different focus from our previous shows. In 1969 the same property was one of the first private gardens in the country to be used for showing contemporary sculpture. That exhibition was organised by sculptor Roger Leigh and his wife Pat. It featured 18 sculptors many of them with reputations that survive to this day. They included Hubert Dalwood, Denis Mitchell, Henry Moore, William Pye and Austin Wright. The Wiltshire archives hold many of the papers about this exhibition and visitors to the exhibition will be able to get an insight into that event. Work by several of the 1969 artists will also be on show.

The following profiles describe the background of over 30 of today’s sculptors and illustrates one of the works they hope to show with us. In addition other artists will have work in our popup shop for immediate sale. Almost all of the sculptors taking part have shown with us at one of our previous exhibitions. We are delighted to also feature the work of a small number of recent graduates who are showing work in an exhibition for the first time.

‘Sculpture in a Landscape’ takes place at West Leaze, Ogbourne Rd, Aldbourne from 3rd – 27th September. We are open every day from 11am -6pm excepting on Mondays and Tuesdays when we will be closed. Entry is £7.50 per adult including a catalogue, accompanied under 18’s free. There will be a popup café serving light refreshments.

 
Alec peever Hortense.jpg Alec & Fiona Peever
Fiona and Alec share a studio in the Cotswolds.

Fiona is an advocate of ‘direct carving’. ‘My practice is to work freely into a random block of stone, discovering the form within. Most of my carvings to date have been influenced by figurative subjects, but more recently, I have been exploring the opportunities that can be found in the abstract.’

Alec outlines how ‘my passion for lettering has provided me with a lifelong career. I’ve been commissioned to design and make a range of commemorative works. Aside from that, my appreciation for the written word has meant I’ve been able to create individual interpretations of poetic language in stone.’

Over a long career, Alec and Fiona Peever have produced a wide range of hand-carved sculptural works for both private and public settings. Public commissions have encompassed major features for prominent buildings, including a large project for a new school building in Highgate, London, involving carved stone and cast bronze. This won the RIBA London Award in 2017. Another commission involved designing and carving a series of new gargoyles for Oxford’s Bodleian Library. This won an award from the Oxford Preservation Trust. Alec has created numerous commemorative inscriptions for settings throughout the British Isles and abroad. An early piece can be found in the walled garden at Roche Court.
www.alecpeever.com
 
Alice Jennings slip form.jpg Alice Jennings
‘I convey my own actions through the shape and form of the materials I use. Growing up with a brother who has Down’s syndrome has made me question the idea of beauty and what it means.’

Alice’s practice encompasses the physicality and visceral quality of clay, exercising a language formed through bodily gestures. The works play with the senses, connecting the viewer to the intricacies of the natural world. They are intended to be imposing yet harmonious with their surroundings, relating the viewer to the sounds and physical textures of the environment.

The hidden aspects of her work should not dominate but entice and intrigue us like the many organic forms that surround and seduce us.

Alice has enhanced her larger pieces with a soundscape which can be accessed with your phone via a QR code, or you can listen to it on her website.

A Bristol based sculptor artist, Alice studied at the University of the West of England and the was the winner of the Friends 2018 Ruth Tait Sculpture Prize.
www.alicejenningsart.com
 
Daniels Image 3.jpg Amy Daniels
‘Ceramics, due to the transformative processes involved, is an exciting field in which to explore territories of change, transience and impermanence. My starting point is always the unknown. I ask myself ‘What happens if….?’ and set up logical systems to test ideas. It is this testing process that gets me really fired up.’

Amy is in search of a dynamic transition; a threshold at the point of collapse. Fracturing, tipping, pouring or exploding; breaking rules and discovering the limitations of her materials. Amy explores clay and glaze formulas to investigate deformations: adjusting recipes so pieces burst, bubble, flow, crack, peel and pool. Through systematic and methodical testing she has developed an extensive understanding of surface, structure and flow that echo changeable states.

In her most recent collection, Amy works with porcelain structures allowing them to bend, stretch, twist and turn during the kiln firing, which allows the clay to develop a language of its own. The pieces are static but radiate a dynamism as they speak to each other. The pieces are elevated and secured onto forms that Amy has developed using a unique combination of aggregates retained from her extensive experimental processes.
amydaniels.co.uk
 
Anne Frost rings.jpg Anne Frost
Mentorship award 2019

‘In my work I am seeking to make forms that are both playful and contemplative. The bursary is allowing me to push this approach to include pieces that will hold water and to make for outdoor settings for the first time.’

Anne graduated with an MA in Ceramics from Cardiff Metropolitan university in 2019.

Anne’s previous work is based on her love of form. She makes several different vessels using the wheel, she then arranges selections of these in groups. In finding the way to make the composition coherent and interesting Anne considers the form of each individual vessel and how it relates to the others in the group. The work is mindful of the negative spaces between vessels and Anne enjoys the challenge of making work to be viewed from all sides because it entails considering the energies amongst the component vessels from every vantage point.

In her work for this exhibition Anne chose to extend her practice to explore how she could create highly gazed linked structures that would allow water to pool and trickle to create a piece of sculpture that would encourage the viewer to take a closer look. At the time of writing Anne is unable to access her workshop so this work is still in progress but will build on the work illustrated here.

Anne has undertaken a series of residencies in France and China and delivered workshops for the National Museum of Wales and she spoke about workshop delivery at the Fragile? Ceramic Conference. Her work features in collections in Wales, Luxembourg and Denmark, UK and Ireland.
 
Diana Barraclough trees.jpg Diana Barraclough
‘All of my inspiration comes from nature most often from the coastline, seabirds and gardens of the west country.’

Diana lives and works in Berkshire but her love of Devon and Cornwall is clear in much of her work; from the totems inspired by landforms and tin mines, to bird baths and pots capturing the magic of the sea and returning choughs, while her tiles are paintings using glazes instead of paint. Some of Diana’s seaside totems have found a home at West Leaze and are not for sale. Everyone is different and relates to a specific place and time. If interested to commission a similar piece please enquire at the shop.

The installation that introduces Diana’s work here is called ‘Trees’ and somewhat unusually is inspired by the wonderful avenue of white birch growing outside the entrance to Tate Modern in London.
www.dibarraclough.org.uk
 
Dominic Clare Inner whelk.jpg Dominic Clare
‘My art is an emotional response coming from the depths of the unconscious ‘

Dominic communicates through making. His life experiences are combined with cross cultural influences from his birthplace in Ethiopia, and interests in organic structures and the human figure.

His affinity to wood was deeply ingrained at an early age, by beachcombing the Thames at low tide and then by having an inspirational carpentry teacher at school. As a result Dominic has worked with wood for most of his life.

Dominic shot blasts and burns his wood sculpture, exposing the grain by blowing away the soft summer growth. This tightens the surface tension to reveal a purity of form with a weathered driftwood feel.

Dominic’s sculptures are like props on the stage of his life, a dreamscape of emotions, evoking another time or place. Each sculpture is a mysterious oversized object from another reality, changing the world around it.
www.dominicclare.co.uk
 
Giles Penny Man with disc.jpg Giles Penny
‘I don’t like being limited to just one medium, I work on several pieces at once until something is complete. I am driven by the feeling that my next piece of work will be my finest, but when I reflect on my work over the past forty years I’ve found it’s the idea in conjunction with the making that completes the experience.’

Born in 1962 Giles Penny is a British artist who divides his time between sculpture, painting and printmaking,

Giles trained at The Heatherly School of Fine Art, Chelsea, Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Newport College of Art.

His focus of expression is the human form, which acts as a vehicle to explore the interaction between physical and abstract worlds and often portrays an innocent humorous quality. The nature of his figures remains eternally elusive. His paintings are instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with his sculpture.

His large scale pieces can be seen in many public spaces including Golden Square, Canary Wharf And Fulham Reach in London, the Body Shop International, Liminster Church, Sussex, Wolverhampton city centre and Bruton, Somerset.

In 2017 Giles was elected as an Academician to the Royal West of England Academy.
www.gilespenny.co.uk
 
Helen Sinclair Autumn.jpg Helen Sinclair
‘I live by the sea and collect driftwood, discarded plastic debris and other beach-found ‘stuff’ all of which regularly introduce a new and unexpected vocabulary with which to work.’

Sculpture has been Helen’s livelihood and life for over 30 years and she still considers it an extraordinary privilege to be able to make a living from doing something that she finds so richly fulfilling. ‘Every day, with every piece I make, I find the working process both comfortingly familiar and refreshingly surprising.’

Most often Helen’s work takes the human form; the actual figure and the figure as depicted by other artists in any medium and at any phase in history. She models the originals in mixed media: plaster, clay, wax, cardboard, paper, resin and wood. For Helen the materials themselves are as stimulating as the subject matter. Most of the resulting work is cast either in stone resin or foundry-cast bronze.

Helen studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art (1973 – 76) and has been a full-time sculptor since 1988. She exhibits widely in the UK, including annually at the Chelsea Flower Show, and has work in private collections on five continents. She is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and she is on the Council of the Society of Women Artists.
www.helensinclair.co.uk
 
Ian Marlow Unfolding.jpg Ian Marlow
‘My earliest years, steeped in the countryside and woods that surround the village where I was born, invested in me an affinity with nature that still inspires and drives my art today’

Ian works in stainless steel, bronze and glass to make both abstract and figurative work, each one being characterised by a wonderfully dynamic strength. There is a bold freshness in the crisp stainless steel, yet the hardness of the metal appears lost and unnoticed in the flowing shapes he creates and, with the light playing on the texture, the transformation is almost magical.

He is invited to exhibit widely and undertakes a wide range of commissions from public, corporate and private clients. Ian is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
www.marlowsculpture.co.uk
 
James Jones Lovers.jpg James Jones
‘My work explores ideas about unity, opposites and balance, often using combinations of zeros and ones.’

James is a Wiltshire based metal sculptor, predominantly working in stainless steel, who is fascinated by our ever changing notion of consciousness. This is reflected in his repeated use of two basic forms, the numbers zero and one, each precision cut in metal.

The binary system used in today’s modern computers was created to represent human logic and emotion by German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz, who believed that the zero and the one represented nothingness and God.

Although the overall forms of James’ sculptures are decided upon during the design process prior to production, the exact location of each of the zeros and ones is not known. To create each piece James uses several different process. For larger works James uses a process of trial and error, seeing where the zeros and ones ‘fit’ into the work. In some pieces he allows the work to grow more organically making little or no choice about the placement of the pieces and in others he follows a set of rules. Many of James’s sculptural pieces have roughly the same number of both zeros and ones within them, bringing a Zen like balance to his work.

This use of ‘zeros’ and ‘ones’ can also be seen as a metaphor for mutually dependent dualities such as on-off, male-female, all-nothing, James explores the interrelated concepts of unity; opposites; balance; the internal and external; micro and macrocosms; the self and the soul.

Much of James’s work is for bespoke commissions. Major works in this category include those for Salisbury Cathedral, Dearhurst Priory and King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah.
www.jamesjonessculpture.uk
 
Jane Muir bird head.jpg Jane Muir
‘All through my career my interest in subject matter changes, and varies from figurative to abstract pieces. I love the works of certain artists such as Elizabeth Frink, Victor Pasmore, David Hockney, Eduaordo Chillida and they continue to have an influence on my pieces, whether it be in the modelling or surface finish and design.’

Jane completed an MA in Glass and Ceramics at the Royal College of Art in 1992, having previously achieved a First Class BA Hons at Central School of Art.

She has run a successful studio ever since, and has exhibited all over the world. Notable venues which have featured her work include Liberty of London, The Museum of Mankind, the V+A Museum, and Gallery 52 Cork St. Her work has also been exhibited in Europe, America and Japan.

Features about Jane and her work have appeared in the Royal Academy Magazine, World of Interiors, Homes and Antiques and Ceramic Review.

Jane’s work varies in scale from small intimate pieces to large garden sculptures.
www.janemuir.co.uk
 
Jenny Pickford cartwheel.jpg Jenny Pickford
‘Steel is the most versatile of materials, there are no limits of what you can make, anything from a sewing needle to a skyscraper’

Jenny Pickford is a contemporary artist blacksmith designing and making unique sculptures and architectural ironwork.

The unique combination of forged steel and blown glass gives her sculptures a strength and delicacy that defines her work, she gives these materials a feminine and sensual perspective inspired by the spirit of nature

Jenny works from her forge in rural Herefordshire, but her sculptural and architectural designs are exhibited at Galleries and shows both in the UK and internationally. She has exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Shows since 2003, and also at international events such as the Chicago Flower Show. Her designs can be seen worldwide in both public and private collections, with clients in Australia, USA , China and throughout Europe.
www.jennypickford.co.uk
 
Johannes Von Stumm Arches.jpg Johannes von Stumm
‘It is the spiritual energy of a piece of art which counts and nothing else.’

Johannes has a Diploma in Fine Art from the Academy in Munich. In 2003 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors and from 2009 to 2012 he served as its President.

Johannes is the President of the Oxford Art Society, a Founding Member of Sculpture Network Europe and a member of the Deutsche Kuenstlerbund in Berlin. This year his work is being exhibited at galleries in Antwerp, Belgium, Berlin, Germany and London.

His startlingly original sculptures play continually with risk and defy accepted laws by combining metal, stone and glass to create abstract or reduced figurative works in which apparently conflicting materials exist in complete harmony.
www.vonstumm.co.uk
 
John OConnor Spring.jpg John O'Connor
‘Our emotional state of being is reflected in the physical form.’

John’s work demonstrates this beautifully. An exaggeration of the figure is a recurring theme in John’s work. Blending the physical with the emotional he explores the fabric of his own internal worlds. He approaches his work with an honest and open heart where he can share what he believes to be ‘states of mind that are inherent in us all.’ John demonstrates these universal states of mind and emotion with a visual dialogue we can all relate to, taking us on a journey to a place where familiarity and shared emotional expressions unite us. His works manage to reveal an intimate examination of the reflective self. His works are often personal, emotional and poetic.

John sells his work to private collectors throughout the world and also exhibits locally and internationally.
www.johnoconnorsculptor.co.uk
 
Jon Barrett sheep 4.jpg Jon Barrett-Danes
‘At least five generations of my family have been in ceramics. My father taught ceramics at Cardiff College of Art and worked collaboratively with my mother Ruth. My work draws on their classical vessels which incorporated mythical and imaginary creatures.’

Jon’s animal sculptures are always well observed from nature. The small flock of three sheep have stood in this landscape since 2009 and a number of visitors have mistaken them for the real thing. All that was missing was a few lambs and a dog to round them up. Jon hopes both will be installed come September.
www.jonbarrettdanes.co.uk
 
Lisi Ashbridge today.jpg Lisi Ashbridge
‘I love the way lettering in stone allows me to make a deeply personal and long lasting sculptural form that expresses a tribute, evokes a memory or simply makes a statement.’

From her studio in the Pewsey Vale, and based on her background in visual recognition, art and design, Lisi uses traditional hand held specialised tools to create a wide range of original and beautifully crafted representational sculptures in stone and slate. She is inspired by themes as diverse as poetry, history, philosophy, science and the landscape. Many pieces are to bespoke commissions. The work especially created for this exhibition demonstrate Lisi’s ability to respond to her sense of the spirit of place.

‘A good piece of lettering is as beautiful a thing to see as any sculpture or painting.’ Eric Gill.
www.itswritteninstone.co.uk
 
Lucy Lutyens Notes in Music II.jpg Lucy Lutyens
‘My home and studio is on a medieval farm near Colchester. I am in awe of the generations who have worked this land since the Bronze Age and feel a great affinity and respect for them all.’

The landscape which surrounds Lucy’s everyday life informs her work. Nature influences the flowing shapes which typically evolve into birdlike or botanical forms pared down into a seemingly simplistic state.

Lucy sculpts in both plaster and resin. Some of her work is fairly delicate and resin is a robust material that can withstand the creative process.

Many pieces are then subsequently cast in bronze, a process which enhances the delicacy and elegance of her sculpture.
www.lucylutyens.co.uk
 
Matt Maddocks 1.jpg Matt Maddocks
Guest artist 2020

‘Standing stones are part of our folklore, familiar and yet mysterious. In my work I try to reveal something of the mystery by carving into the stone to reveal an inner beauty that is still in harmony with the outer ruggedness.’

Matt studied at Bretton Hall and its setting in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park inspired him to further develop his skills as a sculptor. Additional training in India where he worked with stone craftsmen established links which he continues to maintain and which allow him to source high quality stone.

Matt exhibits regularly at the RHS shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court. This year his work has also featured at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden and the ‘Altered States’ exhibition at Shaw House, Donnington

We are delighted to feature Matt’s work in this landscape setting close by Wiltshire’s ancient stone monuments.
www.maddocks.uk.com
 
Mel Fraser angel wing.jpg Mel Fraser
‘Stone expresses the power of nature and the marks she leaves on the earth. I love the way sculpting into it reveals secrets that I can share through what I make.’

From her studio in Cambridge Mel has worked in quarries in Italy and Kilkenny returning home to make both figurative and abstract works. Her pieces feature at numerous art fairs and galleries around Europe and America as well as in this country where she has shown at On Form, the UK’s leading exhibition of contemporary work in stone only. Mel also works to commission including recently for a piece installed in Frank Gehry’s Opus Building in Hong Kong.

Mel is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
www.melfraser.com
 
Melissa Cole Landscape ll.jpg Melissa Cole
‘My practice is rooted in the ancient craft of blacksmithing but engages in a more sculptural way embracing modern making methods to create dynamic work as a reaction to moving through the landscape around me’

Melissa is a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. Her practice combines a wide range of public and private commissions including sculptures, railing and gates. Recent public commissions include a Moravian Star for a church in Malmesbury and a DNA sculpture for the Cosmic Garden at Winchester University. The sculptures she will show with us this year are inspired by the Wiltshire landscape setting in which she works.
www.melissacole.co.uk
 
Michael Fairfax the protector.jpg Michael Fairfax
‘My work reflects the violence of storm ravaged branches, the devastation of lightening and drought, the smell of earth and decay, the freshness of spring and the heady heat of summer.’

Michael works in wood, predominantly responding to public commissions. With a career spanning 40 years he has pursued an ideal of creating something relevant and in keeping with its surrounding often using poetry to convey the history of place. He also looks at the architecture and the geology of a site, and tries to create sculpture with materials that are familiar to a community so that they recognise its past. He is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.

Now as he grows older Michael looks to understand how his sculpture will be long after he has gone and reflects how people might interact with it and the surroundings. His has been an approach of sensitivity to both place and the people visiting that place. It speaks of Michael’s desire to look and understand a space. In writing about this approach he has written how he tries ‘to tease out the hidden, the forgotten, the secrets and the blindingly obvious and to let this be my calling card. My joy is the subtle, the sensitive, the enigmatic and fleeting, to still look with the wonder and awe of a child on their road of discovery, to delight in nature.’
www.michaelfairfax.co.uk
 
Michael Speller Nourish.jpg Michael Speller
Urchfont Manor 2009

‘My work with the human form attempts to find a rhythm and balance in our lives, reflecting and realising our imperfections and then counterbalancing them with positivity and support in order to achieve a visual and spiritual equilibrium within ourselves and the world around us.’

Michael’s bronze, elongated figures are often impressed with emotive words and objects to create hugely expressive and textural surfaces. Solitary or grouped, his figures represent the way we live in the world. A combination of the influences exerted by family, friends, environment and society on a planet that is globally more interconnected than ever. Particularly right now we see clearly the means by which individuals and their actions can profoundly affect the earth’s environment.

Working in Bermondsey, his studio is in a set of Victorian arches with his foundry just a short distance away in Limehouse, London. He shows regularly at Clarendon Fine Art Galleries, is in private and public collections all over the world and has for the last three years created work for show gardens at RHS Chelsea.
www.spellersculptures.com
 
Penny Hardy acrobats2.jpg Penny Hardy
‘I love the creative process involved in the attempt to freeze in time the extraordinary athleticism and energy of a dancer or the leap of a hare. I always find the challenge at once exciting and completely absorbing!’

Penny has a background in scientific illustration including botanical illustrations for Kew Gardens. Her drawing skill is evident in her current occupation as a figurative sculptor working in steel and resin. Her ‘Blown Away’ series takes rusty metal pieces to create life size female figures, reenergising the scrap metal and giving it new life and movement. Her dance figures are based on drawings made during dance studio rehearsals and result in sculptures that are pared down to create a vision of the raw and dynamic movements achieved by ballet dancers and acrobats.

Penny works mainly to commission and also creates pieces for exhibitions, most recently at Beaulieu Palace Gardens, Hampshire and Doddington Hall, Lincoln.
www.pennyhardysculpture.co.uk
 
Peter Clarke Occelli.jpg Peter Clarke
‘The essence of nature - the patterns, shapes and textures to be found on leaves, bark or seed - provide the inspiration behind the creation of my metal sculptures.’

Peter, a graduate of Camberwell College of Art and Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, works from a farm-based metal workshop in Kent where he designs his copper and steel sculptures. Drawing freely onto metal before cutting, shaping and hammering the material to achieve surface texture, Peter creates the desired form which is then enhanced by the weathering process when placed in a garden setting.
www.petermclarke.weebly.com
 
Peter Hayes_Figure.jpg Peter Hayes
‘ I think it’s the material that is in charge and it will only let you make what it wants. It’s my job to push it to its limits and somehow an equilibrium is made between maker and material.’

Peter’s first love is for Raku fired ceramics. Over many years this interest has been extended through travel in Africa, India, Mexico and Nepal and contacts with local potters. This led Peter to introduce other minerals and materials into the clay so that over time each piece changes with exposure to the light and water. More recently a major commission where the client suggested Peter should make on site, took him to Rajastan where working with local craftsmen he now also works in glass, marble and steel.

‘My main aim in my work is not to compete with nature, but for the work to evolve within the landscape.’
www.peterhayes-ceramics.uk.com
 
richard sally sentinel V3.jpg Richard Jackson & Sally Fawkes
‘As husband and wife we share our studio. This gives rise to a fairly unique situation where we create our own individual sculptures as well as collaborating to create pieces with a third distinct voice’.

Richard Jackson and Sally Fawkes collaborate in the truest sense of the word with the two of them having input at all stages of the making of a piece. Their individual views and ways of expressing themselves bring a unique synergy to their collaborative artworks.

‘From the first drawings, which are usually done together, to the final stages of surface mark making, the whole process just seems to flow.’

Using the same processes, their collaborative artworks are passed back and forth between the two of them throughout the entire making process. The first stage is casting in glass, then with carving, grinding and polishing they refine their glass forms. The final stages of surface mark making, a final layer of language, are, again made with the same techniques and using shared tools, but with them each working with their own individual handwriting. It is the bringing together of these two individual touches that gives the unique voice of ‘Jackson Fawkes’ sculptures.

Both artists have an international exhibition profile and work to commission for private, corporate and public spaces. Their most recent collaborative commission was ‘Tides of Motion’, a large cast glass sculpture for SAGA’s state of the art new cruise ship ‘Spirit of Discovery’.

Their collaborative work is represented in Museum and Public collections in the UK and abroad, including V&A, London, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, and M.A.V.A., Madrid. Recent exhibitions with their collaborative work include Liuli Museum, Taiwan; European Prize For Applied Arts, Belgium and Ireland; Collect @ Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; GLASS Work by Contemporary Artists @ Canary Wharf, London, UK.

Sally and Richard are Members of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
www.jacksonfawkes.com
 
Sara Ingleby Maharani and Uptown Girl.jpg Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie
‘Imagination is everything. It is the preview for life’s coming attractions.’

This quote by Albert Einstein is prescient under the challenges we have all been facing this year.

Sara’s work reflects the imaginary persona she gives to each sculpture.

Her witty and glamorous ladies are at home in most settings. They are dressed to kill – or at the very least to create an impression. Are they waiting for a lover, an opportunity, or perhaps a secret meeting? These ladies exude confidence, elegance, and style: they take no prisoners and aren’t to be messed with. Their colouring and clothes, shoes, and hats are key to their characters.

The result is magical - combining a sense of fun and curiosity, each figure tells a tale. Whatever their motives for being there they will delight visitors discovering them and would bring joy to any garden setting.

Building up her pieces in clay over a steel armature Sara’s work is cast into resin, a new material for her to be working in. Then she patinates each piece uniquely in rich colours to suit their characters.

Sara has been creating unique sculpture since 1982 when she graduated from the Bath Academy of Art, where she was awarded the Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship. She spent her time in the life room developing her drawing skill and to capture the art of line and movement which underpin all of her work.

Her pieces are widely exhibited in galleries in this country and abroad and she has undertaken numerous commissions for both private and corporate clients, ranging from the Mayflower’s Edward Winslow stepping ashore on to Plymouth Rock for Droitwich Council, The Airline of the Year Award, Diving with Dolphins for the Nordic Swimming Federation, and many others.
www.slimsculpture.co.uk
 
sarah walton A.jpg Sarah Walton
‘My subject is under my feet. Here on a remote spur of the South Downs where I live and work.’

Sarah is a long established potter who has worked in the same studio for over 40 years. Her distinctive pieces feature in the collections of thirteen collections in the UK including the V & A, Glasgow Museum and the Crafts Council. Her birdbaths serve a mundane function while being objects that reflect light and invite reflection. Recently she has begun working with iron and lead and the resulting work is more austere and abstract.
www.sarahwalton.co.uk
 
Simon Hempsell The Tulip 2.jpg Simon Hempsell
‘My designs are curvaceous and charmingly simple which probably reflects my training as a graphic designer and my strong beliefs in the ‘less is more’ approach, stripping things back to the bare bones.’

Born in Yorkshire Simon studied graphics and photography at Sheffield Polytechnic, moving to the south coast in the 90’s, where for many years he worked as a graphic designer and photographer. Using illustrative techniques learnt during his time as a designer, Simon now designs sculptural pieces crafted from steel and stainless steel using the latest laser cutting technology. This allows him to create pieces with beautifully simple flowing curves. Some of his latest work uses a mix of materials with the oxidised surface of steel contrasting with the pristine finish of stainless steel to give an added sense of drama and depth. One of his latest works, The Tulip’, shown here demonstrates this effect.

Simon has undertaken commissions for private gardens across the UK and internationally. He has exhibited widely including at Doddington Hall, The Savill Garden and Fresh Air.
www.gardenartandsculpture.co.uk
 
Thomas Joynes Radiant.jpg Thomas Joynes
‘I have a passion for abstract form based sculpture which responds to the aesthetics and never ending patterns found in nature. This led me to understand that the stunningly beautiful yet often simple laws that nature follows results in what could most closely be described as perfection within our environment. I see them as synonymous with aesthetic beauty, balance and perfection.’

Thomas graduated from the Norwich School of Art in 2005 and has since set up his practice as a sculptor in Norwich. From his studio in the city he works mainly to commission, undertaking projects for private, corporate and public clients both in the UK and increasingly to an international audience. The style he has developed continues a strong tradition of depicting nature in art and is influenced by sculptors such as Gabo, Brancusi, Arp, Moore and Hepworth.

Since 2018 Thomas has been represented by arts agency London Connoisseur. Recent commissions of note include two works for the deck of the 'Spirit Of Adventure' cruise liner, a poolside feature for the new Crown Hotel in Sydney, a large bronze for the Crown Estate in St James's London, a three metre high bronze sculpture at Austin Road Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong, and the design of a large scale contemporary sundial for Chelmer Housing Partnership, Essex.
www.thomasjoynes.com
 
Tobias Ford Woman.jpg Tobias Ford
‘In my work I aim to capture the subtle communicative properties of the human form, I like to exaggerate and play with the fluid lines of the organic form, unifying small fragments like numerous lines in a sketch to build up a tangible figure’

Tobias graduated from Hereford College of the Arts in 2014 Before graduating he exhibited work at Quenington where he also received the Netherton prize for the most promising student. He has now established his own workshop and practice in Suffolk, exhibiting work across the country.

His approach to making sculpture is to adopt the pose of a character and to understand the feel, weight and strain that the pose entails and to then express that in the sculpture. Tobias’ process is painstaking and involves building a coherent form by welding many small fragments of metal piece by piece.
www.tobiasfordsculpture.com
 
Will Spankie Cell Purbeck stone.jpg Will Spankie
‘I am interested in the geometric structures, patterns, symmetry and proportion found in nature.’

Will works predominantly in wood and stone. He likes their durability, the fact that they are lovely to carve and that in doing so he reveals their innate beauty. His work captures the ambiguity and ephemeral nature of life in the permanence of carved stone.

Will studied sculpture at Sir John Cass and Central St Martins Art schools in London. Since then he has been working as a self-employed stone carver and letter cutter. He makes sculpture and lettering for public art commissions, as well as working with garden designers and clients on a more domestic scale for gardens and interiors. He also teaches stone carving in schools, adult education colleges and prisons.

The Cell sculpture reflects his interest in bees and beekeeping alongside internal and external forms and the textures of the Purbeck Stone.
www.willspankie.com
 
Triple Loop_oli.jpg William Pye
Sorbus, 1969

‘I have always been a keen observer of natural forms and the way they can be combined in sculpture through the creative use of geometry.’

William’s early work was in polished stainless steel. ‘Triple Loop’ shown here dates from the time of the 1969 exhibition and illustrates that particular aspect of his work.

From the 1980’s William was particularly interested in making water an integral part of his sculptures. A major work likely to be familiar to many people in the county is his font in Salisbury Cathedral. His work includes eight water sculptures in the Alnwick Castle gardens and he is currently working on private commissions in Berkshire, Wisconsin in the USA and Hangzhou in China.

William is a fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
www.williampye.com

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