Welcome to CopperCreatures
I make sculptures of animals, plants and occasionally other things, from recycled copper: old hot-water cylinders for sheet which is shaped into butterfly wings and elephant’s flanks, pipe of different thicknesses for legs and stems, wire for whiskers and manes and antennae. Copper never rusts, and can be shaped by beating and coloured by heating and quenching. Where pieces are coloured, I lacquer them so that the colour is fixed. The sculptures will therefore be fine outdoors or inside. Do please roam through my website and see if any of the work attracts you. In twenty-two years of making, there is a lot to see. I suggest you start at the Full Gallery, but there is also a menu to the other pages.
This weekend only!
I’m delighted to be taking part in a small village exhibition at Preston in Kent. There is a remarkable quality and variety of art to be seen, and they have fitted a lot into a medium-sized space. It is open all weekend (10th – 11th February) and refreshments are available.
Incredibly proud to have been asked to create this hop bine in memory of a wonderful and vivacious person. The family also wanted it in honour of the dedication and compassion of the staff of the Critical Care Unit at Conquest Hospital, Hastings.
It is now installed in the sensory garden the hospital have created outside the unit. I hope this sculpture brings a smile to staff, patients & their families.
There are more hop bine examples in my Plants and Flowers gallery.
We had a spectacular success last year at the CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW (23rd-27th May) when a Silver Gilt medal was awarded to the small garden created by Steve Edney and Lou Dowle, featuring my giraffe! We are making plans for a different piece to join them in 2024.
Full details of places my work can be seen during 2024 will appear on the EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS page as we get booked up.
The Giraffe arriving at Chelsea, ready for Steve Edney and Lou Dowle from The No-Name Nursery to work their green-fingered magic and create a planty paradise for him to browse.
I am always very proud to have work at Delamore Arts in Devon, and their exhibition will be running throughout May. Pictures from 2023 are below.
A new work to welcome in the spring: a simple branch with tiny delicate blossom, and further buds just showing colour. This piece is intended for wall-mounting and is about 90cm long. Only the blossom is lacquered, so the copper of the branch will deepen to a rich darker brown in time.
Do you know a fisherman who needs a trophy?
I have made the Brown Trout before, but when commissioned to make this one last year I was particularly pleased with the way he turned out. They are always a little different, and this fellow seems just a shade more solid and self-important: the lord of his section of river. The copper colouring (just through heating, to bring out the irridescent sheen – no chemicals) suits the fish perfectly.
Pow! The Lionfish is an exuberant showman. This was a recent commission, and I was delighted to be asked to make one – it has everything: stripes, spots, spines and ridiculous floating feathery fins. He is life-size.
My bird feeders, designed to accompany the water-lily birdbath. I have made three sizes: the largest, seen in the main picture above, is a mad extravagance and needs a large garden space. Also shown is the smallest and simplest, with a close-up detail showing the flower. There are more pictures in the ‘Pond and Garden’ subject gallery.
Do visit the MAIN GALLERY page – I love how well it works. I have recently added several new collections of photographs. You can click on any image to see information about the price and sizes, and click AGAIN to see a maximum-resolution image.
If you’re looking for anything in particular, there is a SEARCH button on the menu.