Welcome to CopperCreatures
Christmas is nearly here, but there is still a little time left for making, and I have a small selection of sculptures in the workshop, most of which can be posted. Why not take a look at the Gift Suggestions gallery, or browse through the main Full Gallery to spot an inspiration?
I have recently undergone successful surgery on a damaged thumb ligament and the recovery is very gradual, but progressing. Although I am limited in my active making at the moment, I do have pieces available in the workshop and at various venues (see the Events and Exhibitions page), so do please still feel free to contact me.
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 & 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 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!
Fuller details of places my work can be seen during 2023 on the EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS page.
The Giraffe arrives 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 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.
I am very proud to have work at Delamore Arts in Devon, their exhibition running throughout May. It’s a stunning exhibition this year. I think they all have a very approachable feel, you could imagine how they would look in a smaller more normal sized garden – with the exception of the elephants who demand a grand landscape to roam in!
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.