We hope you have all had an enjoyable festive break, despite the various challenges. January can be a rather dull month so here is something to start the year on a bright note.
Simon Griffiths is a familiar figure at major ceramics festivals such as Art in Clay and Potfest, where his striking sculptures never fail to attract admiration (and sales). Ranging from diminutive wrens to life-size foxes and deer, his work communicates the character of his subject in a lively, fresh manner. Some of his sculptures are also rendered in cold cast bronze (bronze resin) or foundry bronze (lost wax process), available through Goldcrest Arts. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally.
During the demonstration, Simon plans to build a full-size fox, explaining his construction and use of armatures, rough newspaper outline form and application of clay. He will give tips about anatomy, expression and modelling technique and will be delighted to answer any questions.
Here is Simon’s statement from his website:
I am a wildlife sculptor living and working in the North Pennines, County Durham.
As a child I spent as much time as possible in nature in the woods and fields near my home, exploring and drawing the British wildlife that lived within them, especially the animals and birds.
My sculpture comes from within me, and I have spent many years experimenting with different techniques and materials.
My work primarily stems from direct observation of the subject. The stylistic and constructional considerations are secondary to portraying the birds and animals as honestly as I can. This is not to say that I strive to make my work realistic in the literal sense, instead I seek to capture that sense of awareness that is present in all living things.
I am a proud member of the Society of Wildlife Art. (SWLA)
Since being a small boy I have been a member of the RSPB and the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust and each year try to do my bit for charity by providing a sculpture to be auctioned for a different charity.
More information and images of Simon’s work can be found on: