Welcome

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About

 

 

It’s our working philosophy.

We find joy in the creation process; we believe making things by hand nourishes the soul.

We also believe the finished artwork somehow contains the deep satisfaction with which it was made. It seems to become part of its very essence.

We’re not anti-technology. Machines and computers are necessary tools—we use them a lot. But for us, they’ll never replace the human touch. Both for the artist who makes the piece, and for the recipient who lives with it afterward.

Sculpture

We work most often in wood, and cold-cast bronze—which is a more affordable process than traditional (hot) bronze casting, in which a foundry is required to produce the molten metal.

Here is a little information about the different processes and timescales involved in creating bespoke wood carvings, and bronze castings.

cold-cast bronze

There are a number of steps involved in bronze casting.

• First the original artwork is sculpted in a suitable material.

• Next the sculpture is coated in silicone or latex to form a flexible  mould, which is then sometimes encased in a Jesmonite cast for added strength.

• The liquid bronze fills the mould.

• After removal of the hardened bronze from its mould, its thin resin surface coating must be thoroughly removed, to fully expose the bronze metal. (Elbow grease!) If there are any slight imperfections caused by the casting process, now is the time that they would be fettled, using power tools.

• The bronze—which doesn’t look like ‘bronze’ in its fresh-from-the-mould state—is burnished to a hard metal shine. (More elbow grease!)

• Now it’s ready to receive a variety of chemical patination processes in various multilayered combinations, different for each sculpture depending on the desired effect.

This is a mad scientist art in itself!

 

• Success! The final bronze is sealed, polished and waxed to protect the finish. From start to finish, the making of a bronze piece usually takes one-to-three weeks.

To see a few of our bespoke bronzes, click on any image in the photo gallery at the bottom of the page.

To watch a short video of one of our bronze sculptures, go here. To see the bronze dog portrait shown here, after it’s been built into a Sitting Spiritually garden bench,  go to (Sitting Spiritually site and/or FB page). Or contact us about commissioning a bronze of your own. All enquiries welcome.

wood carving

We carve wooden sculptures; we also keep alive the almost-lost art of traditional hand letter-carving in wood. (And we make fine furniture. And lovely household objects.)

Working in wood is a bit more straightforward than bronze.

Unlike bronze casting—in which the sculpture is just the first step in a long series of technical processes—a wooden sculpture is the final product.

There are many steps, many chisels, many power tools and sanding sessions involved—the creation of a wooden sculpture is a patient and painstaking process, a sort of respectful two-part harmony sung by the sculptor’s chisel and the woodgrain. Sometimes the sculptor sings lead vocals, sometimes it’s definitely the wood that takes the lead. It’s a fascinating process that takes a few days (or more) of careful work.

To see a few of our bespoke wooden carvings and furniture pieces, click on any image in the photo gallery at the bottom of the page.

To watch a short video of a garden bench commissioned for the Chelsea Flower Show Centenary, or a video of a T-Rex memorial bench commissioned by the Marc Bolan Fan Club, go here.  Or contact us about commissioning a wood carving of your own. All enquiries welcome.

(Garden bench commissions courtesy of Sitting Spiritually.)

stone and other media

One of our team is a stone mason who letter-carves entirely by hand and chisel—one of the few remaining truly skilled, old-school masons left in the UK. To see a select few of his pieces, visit the photo gallery at the bottom of any page. For more in-depth information about his work go here, or  contact us about commissioning a handmade stone carving or memorial. All enquiries welcome.

Beyond those mentioned above, we also work (and play) in a wide variety of media. To see a few of our paintings, handmade gilded art frames and other miscellaneous artworks, click on any image in the photo gallery at the bottom of the page. Or contact us about a bespoke commission of your own. We’d love to hear from you.

 

Courses

Wouldn’t it be great, we asked ourselves, if we could offer a working space where others can roll up their sleeves and experience the fun and satisfaction of making things by hand?

 

Watch this space, as we’re intending to offer beginner and intermediate instruction in bronze, wood and stone, singly or in  groups.

And maybe we’ll add oil painting or other crafts to the list of offerings as time goes on. We’ll see how it goes.

Enquire if you’re interested in the meantime; we’ll put you on the notification list.

 

UPDATE: Our first Maker’s Workshop! July 2018, a team from Holland are coming here to teach a group how to hand-forge Tibetan singing bowls. A very cool 4-day event, we’re looking forward to hosting it. (Sold out as I write.)

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