African Masters of Stone have a very unique and personal relationship with the African artists in Zimbabwe. They are not wholesalers of African sculpture but deal directly face to face with the artists themselves. Each sculpture is unique in its own right, conceived in the artist’s imagination. Many of the artists have exhibited in Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom. The artists are formally known as second and third generation sculptors, of the Shona sculpture movement. They are either emerging talent or already hold international recognition. It is our passion and aim to see their work displayed for all to enjoy.
Kishi is a young ceramicist from Glastonbury.
Burning bright in the heart of Mayan mythology, the spirit of Ixcacao. An imaginative figure often seen dressed in white blossoms, the Goddess of cacao. Throughout time she has been worshiped alongside other agricultural deities.
Ixcacao’s fruits are thought to have intoxicating and aphrodisiac properties, traditionally used in ceremony by being brewed into a spicy, bittersweet drink. Legends of people permitted to walk for days without food.
This magical mother who provides us with her joyous beans is surely one to be gratefully mindful of.
Adam Egginton has lived in the west country his whole life. He studied fine art painting and sculpture at Bower Ashton (University of the West of England).
He has worked as a mould maker and founder of sculptures for the last 28 years, but has only recently begun to create his own work.
"My entire working life so far has been dedicated to creating sculptures for a number of well known artists and learning the intricacies of mould making and casting. However it has been on my mind for a number of years to think about creating my own work. I finally fell into sculpting almost by accident (helping my daughter with a school project), but since starting, I find it to be a wonderfully immersive pastime and I intend to make a lot more work".
Fred Gordon, born in 1993, graduated from the University of Edinburgh in July 2017 with a 2:1 MA (Hons) in French and History of Art, after having done a foundation diploma in Art and Design at Falmouth University. He has always been interested in some form of art and, despite being largely self-taught, Fred has been sculpting professionally since 2011. Determined to pursue a career in wildlife sculpture, he was fortunate to secure a place with Animal Art Fair in London, exhibiting in their summer exhibition. He also took part in the Natural Eye Exhibition for the Society of Wildlife Artists and was, also, thrilled to be asked to take part in the SMA Trust Charity Auction Dinner in the National Gallery, London. Fred finished 2017 exhibiting at the Art for Youth London exhibition at the Mall Galleries and was awarded the much coveted Wates Foundation Diana Brooks Prize for new and emerging talent.
Having lived in the countryside all his life, Fred was exposed to and inspired by the natural world from an early age. To begin with, he primarily used drawing as a way of capturing the essence of his subjects. However, in 2011, influenced by his mother, he turned to sculpture, as he could better articulate the intricacies of the anatomy, and the movement inherent in the wildlife he observed. Fred uses quick and fluid gestures to capture the motion and vitality of the subject. Working first in clay or wax, the piece is then cast in bronze or bronze resin.
Born in Warwickshire, I moved to the West Country, firstly to read European Studies at The University of Bath in 1981 and latterly, in 1994, to set up home with my family in The Chew Valley, where I remain to this day, having done a stint in London.
For the past ten years my focus has been sculpting, which I happened upon when I agreed to accompany a friend on a ceramics course for one afternoon a week at The Bristol School of Art. I was instantly hooked and have not looked back. Interest in my work grew and I began to start selling my pieces.
After completing BA(Hons) Fine Art. Michelle now has an art studio based in Glastonbury.
Michelle’s figurative style captures the character and movement of her subjects, whilst photography and drawing from life enable her to maintain accuracy.
She constructs sculptures from clay, plaster or wax.
Her tactile sculptures are all hand made in the UK each one an individual.
Michelle has a wide range of ceramic, bronze and Bronze resin sculptures, produced with a variety of glazes and textures.
I am obsessed with clay. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by it, digging it up from the fields when I was young and making things that rapidly fell to pieces. It is the only material I know that only needs hands to shape it.
Despite no formal opportunity to train in ceramics, I have always continued to make things out of clay.
Each piece I make is entirely hand built. The animal sculptures include British wildlife, farm animals, dogs and cats. I also make other animals found further afield, such as rhinos, leopards or elephants. Apart from the ceramics, my work is available in Bronze resin and foundry Bronze.
Born in West Dorset in the late 1950s, Sophie grew up in Yorkshire and trained at Winchester Art School before moving to London and later returning to the West Country in 1987. She lives in Bristol and is a director of HOURS, a gallery and event space in the city.
Sophie makes evocative sculpture in her central Bristol studio. She collaborates with others - mould makers, casters and other artists to realise her designs and commissions.
Seeking to find her own voice she makes collections of pieces exploring themes including motion and stillness, the body, city life and animals.
Having always led an artistic and creative life I was introduced to sculpture by accident at an open day at Shute Farm Studios, near Shepton Mallet in the late ‘90s. It was there that I had my first life changing experience of creating a sculpture. I was instantly hooked and the following day rushed out to buy my first slab of clay. Hardly a day has passed since then that has not found me sculpting.
Sculpture is always a frustrating struggle to achieve the end result that one desires. The thrill of completion is addictive however and I find myself impatient to start the next piece.
My early untutored efforts were refined and expanded by formal study at Queens Road College of Art and Design, Bristol and also Bath City College.
My interest is in the geometry of the female form. When I view a figure I aim to look beyond the detail in order to capture its underlying patterns and rhythms. I enjoy expressing its lines, emphasising the tactile and curvaceous. My work is available in limited editions of both cold cast resin and bronze.
Lucy Large studied sculpture at Camberwell College of Art in London,
Her work is rooted in the handling of materials and an enjoyment of the theatre of the three-dimensional object.
Lucy makes bird sculptures from fine aluminium mesh, these include some works that are suitable for outdoor siting. She also makes detailed, hand-cut paper designs, often responding to the natural world.
Gareth Leake is a talented and passionate artist who lives and works from his studio near Bath, England. He creates remarkably realistic life size torsos in wood and clay and casts in plaster and resin.
At the Bath Society of Arts exhibition in 2009 he was awarded the Bristol Guild Prize and is now showing commercially choosing A2 gallery in Wells, Somerset to represent him.
A self-taught sculptor – by manufacturing his own moulds and casting in plaster or resin at his workshops near Bath he retains control of the whole sculpture process from inception to completed piece.
Gareth says “I have had a life-long interest in anatomy and bodywork therapies, and I’ve studied a variety of massage techniques and Shiatsu. In my sculpture, I draw from my practical ‘hands on’ experience of treating muscular and skeletal issues, and from my detailed knowledge of anatomy. I sculpt mainly from touch, using my fingers as eyes”.
Working as the Little Paper Factory he creates individual pieces of art using recycled objects, materials and paper. This form of paper art, similar to origami originated in Japan and is known as Kirigami, and is best described as the folding and cutting of paper into decorative shapes. These individual pieces are then mounted in re-purposed objects such as printer trays, wooden boxes or anything else 'vintage' that appeals to the artist. Even the paper is recycled and ranges from old sheet music or newsprint to maps or perhaps the pages from an old copy of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Everything is individually designed and handmade resulting in truly unique pieces of art.
Suzie studied at Brighton and Exeter Colleges of Art and obtained her degree in ceramic sculpture in 1982. After several years as a designer for Devon based companies during which she gained an insight into modern techniques of industrial ceramic production, she established her own workshop in 1986. Since then she has become well known for her animal sculpture which she sells through shops and galleries both in the UK and abroad. She has undertaken many private and business commissions including sculpture exhibits for a museum in Taiwan and the public installation of Nelson the Seal at Looe Harbour in Cornwall.
Suzie’s work reflects her own fascination with animal character and form. Her inspiration is taken from life whenever possible and, through constant observation of her own animals, she has become an acknowledged leader in the portrayal of the domestic cat. Suzie is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
Kate Newlyn is a self-taught sculptor. Originally trained in the Performing Arts she worked in London as performer/mask-maker for various mime companies. Gradually the focus shifted from the fluid images of mime to the stillness of sculpture. After an apprenticeship at a bronze foundry she moved to Greece (1991) where she lived and sculpted for 6 years, Following a further year in Turkey and various working trips to France, Italy and the U.S.A., she returned to the UK. She now lives and works in Somerset, sculpting to commission and teaching at the Newlyn School of Sculpture.
Having a neighbour who invited me to a Celtic re-enactment group, I discovered there was a call for bronze torques, cloak pins, belt buckles and spear heads etc. no internet then, so on a trip to the library I discovered ‘the backyard foundry’ book and embarked on a journey to start making. Whilst ordering supplies for casting I was put in contact with the Warstone & turner foundry in Birmingham and through a process was able to train there for six months. I became a member of an artist’s cooperative, known as ‘Flameworks’ in Plymouth for three years and took on commissions for local artists and art students. Started up again in Somerset quite recently and am doing my own artwork, but still available for commissions. I use lost wax/ceramic shell method.
With two decades of experience as a caster and sculptor, Count Umber specialises in striking, original cold-cast pieces. These are not traditional works of sculpture, but have been designed to be picked up and turned over in the hands. Count Umber pieces are chunky, heavy and elegant. Each work from Count Umber is entirely cast and finished by him. Every single cast is unique, with its own quirks and imperfections.
I work with very simple images that come from our tribal past, when rock art was all we had between us and the wolf. Iconic animals - horses, deer, foxes, ravens - are woven into our folklore, and our collective unconsciousness.
We have a strong culture attached to the horse, and I've followed the thread of horses all my life, painting them and working with them, alongside a professional career in dentistry.
In 2005 I gave up the dental practice to focus on art. Working in ceramics I've found interesting parallels between the technical challenges of glazes and firing and my early training in material sciences.
Each of Dinah’s birds are meticulously hand carved from wood and beautifully painted with each bird becoming completely unique with it’s own personality.