My journey to becoming a professional sculptor of dogs began in 2000 when, for my own amusement, I decided to sculpt our family Jack Russell from a sketch I had recently drawn. I enjoyed the process so much that I went on to try more sculptures inspired by other family dogs. These pieces soon grew into a small collection which I took to The British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate the following year. The dogs received a very positive response which encouraged me to explore the area of dog breeds for further inspiration and I soon became obsessed!
Many years and countless shows later, I am still excited by my subject and am constantly seeing dogs in books, on the internet or in person whilst walking my own hound, that have characteristics that I later incorporate into my work.
My favourite stage of sculpting a dog is applying the facial expression. It is at this point that the piece comes to life and shows its personality. I donít like to get too bogged down with trying to achieve anatomical perfection but rather to put all my effort into capturing the character of a dog, which sometimes means exaggerating certain aspects of its appearance.
My sculptures are shown in galleries around the UK , although I am now working mainly to commission, recreating clientís own pets in clay.
Hand-built stoneware "dog" sculpture.
Work generally available from:
Fitch & Fellows, Oxford
Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold, Suffolk
Mulberry Tree Gallery, Swanage
Byard Art, Cambridge
Number Four Gallery, St. Abbs
West End House Gallery, Kent
I glaze fire to approx 1245c in an electric kiln. Pieces are decorated in appropriately coloured stoneware glazes based on various acquired recipes.
1991 - 1995 - Manchester Metropolitan University: BA(Hons) Three Dimentional Design (wood, metal, ceramics & glass)