I have always had a love of metal; not seeing it sitting on the shelf or on the rack but using it. I love the way I can make it look and feel. Not harsh and cold like one would expect but fabric like, with movement, grace and very tactile. I also love having the ability of pulling the many beautiful colours from the depths of the material through heat.
I’m now back working in Copper and Stainless steel, producing Metal Art on Raasay and loving it!
Over the past 3 years I have taken to working in Copper and Stainless steel again with commissions from Tim, a garden designer I collaborated with previously. I am proud to say that my Metal Art is hanging in the garden of singer James Bay’s London home. I have also been very fortunate to exhibit and sell my work at The Gallery Raasay. Now you can come and see me and my new work at The Studio Raasay. I look forward to welcoming you to my creative Hub! Commissions welcome.
I worked within an engineering company and this is how it was all made possible. Although I worked in the mail order section, when the guys in the workshop where short staffed, Id jump on the machinery and became competent working the flypress, bandsaw and mig welder.
One day I went to Southwold, saw a metal bird and muttered those fateful words “I could do that”. On my return I set about creating one. That was it, I was hooked. In my spare time, using stainless and mild steel I created birds – Peacocks and Cockerels. I went on to produce metal art, sculpture and furniture, designing and producing many pieces for individual clients and commissions. I exhibited at local venues and major events such as Urban Gardens at Olympia. Planters, Mirrors, Garden Benches and my favorite – a 10 foot tall stainless and mild steel Palm Tree. This was my focal point at the exhibition in London – Urban Gardens. The smell when welding and the colour that I could magic onto the surface of the metal using heat, quenched my artisitc thirst. I loved it. The transition of the material for me was all part of the experience. Sculptural metal work doesn’t feature in my life now but Metal Art does.
Using stainless and mild steel I created birds – Peacocks and Cockerels
Tim Jennings took a Gold award from The Times Garden Show – Alexandra Palace, with Copper tubes created by Barbara Martin
I created furniture, planters and Sculptures out of metal
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