Where did you train?
Was a pretty late starter to the world of sculpture. Did various short term courses, such as portrait sculpting, glass fusing, casting and mold making then eventually in 2003 took myself off to The Frink School of Figurative Sculpture and learnt the whole works – followed by a year at Stafford University Fine Arts department concentrating on more sculpture.
What is your main style?
I make mostly figurative pieces – trying to simplify and refine the form and retain the essence of piece. Although the glass sculptures are pretty abstract!
How are Bronze Sculptures created?
My originals are usually made with clay. So the original clay of Efay would have been built up, refined, changed, viewed from every angle for months until I am completely happy with the piece. This is molded and cast in soft plaster to allow me to be sure of the whole and refine it a little more. Again this will be molded in Hot Melt Vinyl (the negative) and a wax of the original created and taken to the foundry. The foundry then makes a ceramic mold around the wax original which is signed and numbered in a limited edition of no more than 9. The wax is melted out – the Lost Wax Process – then 1200c melted bronze is poured into the ceramic mold. After cooling the mold is chipped/cleaned/sand blasted off the bronze, all runners, risers and sprues cut away and the whole is chased, polished and patinated. You now have a bronze copy of the original clay sculpture, but as you can see each sculpture is individually made and finished.
What is patination?
It is the surface colour. On a bronze it is created by heating the bronze, splashing it with chemicals while using a blowtorch to heat and dry, producing and stabilising the colour.
How do you ship your sculpture?
Smaller pieces are dispatched by An Post general mail, do say if you would like it registered. Larger works and all bronzes are packed/crated and sent by courier.
How easy are they to break?
The bronzes are almost impossible to damage and all my cast sculptures are made of Cassini, so again, very hard.
Do you do commissions?
Yes I shall create a portrait bust of a loved one if you wish.
I have just finished a really lovely commission of a Terrier named Crumble.
What are your Opening Hours?
The little Gallery next to my home is officially open every afternoon during the Summer, but if I am home the Gallery is Open.