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Sarah Jane Brown
Sarah who is based in West Sussex, while traveling Sarah has been inspired by the architecture of various countries of tall, thin buildings that lean together tracing the contours of the land. Which lead to her collection of quirky buildings.
This collection involves the manipulation of wood to create the landscape upon which these individual handmade tin houses are placed: newspaper trees are then added completing the sculpture. Each piece of driftwood is carefully selected and the unpredictability of the material results in each sculpture being unique
In 2011 she also launched her wire knits collection. This involves moulding by hand the wire knit into the body of sculpture. Each piece is individual and unique.
The first works of this collection were dogs and cats and the inspiration for the latest edition of sculptures has been expanded on to include humans and birds.
David Cemmick has been a freelance artist since his first sell-out solo exhibition in 1974, at the age of nineteen. Over the past four decades he has travelled extensively, gathering field experience and documenting scientific expeditions in some of the world’s remotest habitats. He has painted the ethno medicinal plants of Madagascar for Dr David Bellamy’s Conservation Foundation, illustrated two books focusing on the endangered Kakapo Parrot and Black Robin and the ground breaking conservation work of the New Zealand Wildlife Service and studied coral and fish communities on Jamaica’s Morant Cays coral atoll, whilst painting under water.
These, and many other field expeditions, have helped fuel his deep respect and fascination for the animal world and given him the thirst to make ‘art’ from what he has seen in nature. From field sketch to finished painting, sculptures in bronze and clay, figurative sculptures and café sketches, this site explores the broad spectrum of David’s work.
Living just outside the Lake District National Park, in the foothills of the Cumbrian Pennines of England, David is constantly inspired by the changing dramatic landscape and the abundance of nature he sees every day.
Libby Edmondson was a renowned Lake District artist, best known for her vibrant landscape paintings. Libby however started her artist carer as a ceramicist, she was a professional member of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain and was a member of the Northern Potters Association.
As a potter she used to build her pieces with craft-crank clay, which was decorated with a variety of textural finishes, coloured slips and oxides. After her move to painting, Libby commissioned some of her most popular ceramic pieces to be cast in bronze resin.
Liz Ellis was born in Cheshire. After studying science, then Three Dimensional Design (ceramics, wood, metal and plastics) she set up a design business and continued with sculptural projects. Later training as an osteopath she alternated working in this field with sculptural work. She retired from osteopathy to work full time in sculpture in 2006.
Liz says of her work: ‘Clay is one of the most fundamental of all materials. Working with clay we involve all four elements; we refine it from the earth, make it malleable with water, when formed we allow the air slowly to dry it until finally it is given up to fire to be transformed.’
‘Figures are hand built – form, balance, expression and the allusion to movement are at the centre of practice.’
‘The birds are a metaphor for the joy and beauty of the natural world – of which we are a part – but also a reminder of the poignant transience of existence and the imperilled state of the delicate balance that sustains life.’
Liz’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally and held in private collections in UK , Eire, France, Holland and Switzerland.
Philip’s artistry and imagination create elegant objects that do not rely solely upon their intrinsic beauty: they possess an essential presence and resonance.
His vessels are solid and heavy and are formed using the sand-casting process. This process is relentless and unforgiving – the patterns must withstand considerable abuse and a sand foundry is no place for a delicate original. Each casting roughly replicates the original pattern but requires considerable work to refine and finish the surface and form. Sometimes the casting is cut, pierced or individually shaped to create a unique version and although born from a common original, a truly one-off piece.
Patination presents challenging, unpredictable and seemingly endless possibilities. Although based on sound chemical principles it nevertheless involves a degree of uncontrollable mystery, chance, accident and risk: no two pieces are, or ever can be, quite the same.
The colouring is not a coating, it is the surface itself: it is a transformation of the material, by the material, and is an outward manifestation and celebration of the bronze.
Paul Jenkins was born in the West Midlands, England in 1949. Paul first started his career in art the early 70's sculpting in wood and then found himself drawn to sculpting in clay and wax. Within five years Paul had a growing customer base that included galleries, private collectors as well as the general public.
Paul went on to work as a commercial designer for various companies around the world including the Metropolitan Museum in New York. There he was commissioned to reproduce the exact size, shape and colour of a rare l850's tea pot which was exhibited at the museum. Further copies were sold onto galleries and private collectors. Paul has also created more outlandish pieces such as 6 Ten-foot Art Deco Figures for the interior of a night club.
Paul has also sculpted several pieces for the National Trust which were then presented to people for their outstanding contributions within the trust. Paul's Inspirations come from his love of nature especially animals. Many of his pieces are inspired from direct observations of wild animals in their natural habitat.
Michael Kusz is a Yorkshire based sculptor creating unique works from recycled materials, mainly copper. Coppers ease to manipulate allows Michael to express any form and style that he intends to. It also allows the piece to be built to last, taking up to 90 years outside to turn from copper to verdigris green.
When beginning a piece, he immerses himself in the subject, intensively researching to really get a feel for its nature, gaining insight as to how it will transcribe into metal. He creates working templates, that when transformed to copper, expresses the desired aesthetics.
“I am confident with a wide variety of materials and techniques I draw on life, I work with intuition, I aim to make my inner critic smile.”
David has travelled widely in Africa, Asia and North America. His deep passion for nature and wildlife is evident in his work and comments.
"The greatest sculptor of all is nature itself, to see perfect line and subtle shape entwined with such strength, power and grace will forever fascinate and inspire me."
With an incredible eye for detail David is comfortable working at the smallest of sizes as well as producing larger monumental pieces. This versatility is down to his natural flare and extensive experience that David has gained working for some of the major players in the pewter, giftware and retail sectors.
He has spent the last six years producing a considerable body of work which is cast in bronze, where his passion for wildlife shines through. Known nationally and internationally, David's work is available through many galleries, national shows and Sotheby's Auction House.
Illona was born in Copenhagen in 1954. Her father was a painter and her mother was a potter. Illona grew up in a workshop, literally with clay in one hand and a brush in the other, exhibiting for the first time at the age of seventeen. On leaving college, she opened her own studio gallery in Copenhagen.
Illona later moved to Scotland and is now well known throughout the country for her expressive sculptures.
Ilona works in bronze and ceramics. She creates her bronze sculptures by taking a wax copy of a sculpture, and cast it in what is called "the lost wax method". A copy of the item to be sculptured is moulded using wax, the wax sculpture is then encased in a plaster mould the wax is melted out and filled with molten bronze. Each piece is slightly different and only small editions are made.
Her sculptural ceramics are made in stoneware, fired and then hand painted. Her figures are acutely observed and are full of character. Illona also creates more abstract pieces, but still loosely based on human forms.
Her work is featured in numerous private and public collections world-wide.
Stephanie creates her unique and beautiful sculptures from her studio based near the shores of Morecambe Bay.
“Morecambe Bay is one of the few places left in the UK to have a reasonable population of Curlew, my favourite bird.
This beautiful bird is on the RSPB endangered list, but through charities such as CurlewAction.org and Educational Projects, valuable work is being done to redress this.
My love of Curlew began early and I am now proud to be an Ambassador for Curlew Action.
The Lune Estuary provides endless inspiration and I witness first-hand the bird life, the ebb and flow of tides and the changing seasons.
In addition to Conservation, sustainability is important to me and to Margaret a local fisherwoman - an inspirational figure who practises the ancient form of salmon fishing* called Ha'af Netting.
In terms of materials, both new and recycled wire are used, my local scrapyards are getting used to the mad woman from Morecambe who "makes stuff out of wire!" I get the impression they are secretly happy to play a part in the process!
All my pieces are original designs made entirely by hand, so each piece will be slightly different.”
Stephanie’s sculptures has been selected for prestigious Exhibition of The Royal Society of Marine Artists at the Mall Galleries in London. Also recently two pieces were selected for the Society of Women Artists Exhibition in London.
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