Posts Tagged ‘steel’

gregperason6We are delighted to be joined by another young garden sculptor this season – Greg Pearson . We discovered and met Greg at the Firle garden show and loved the twists , turns and organic forms of his work .

gregpearson1As well as his range of quirky and winsome sculptures for any space, Greg will be bringing a large aspirational piece which will be taking centre stage in our newly revamped border. We cannot wait to see this ! 


Here is Greg in his own words –

“I am a young sculptor specialising in metal garden features and structures. Brought up in a heavily influential design and art family setting, I have grown a passion for abstract shapes and natural form. I now love creating unique garden and outdoor features working almost exclusively in metal – mostly steel.

gregpearson3I seek inspiration from all types of gardens and settings, and favour the theme of using single lengths of material to create sculptures with unique and provoking shapes and forms, not purposely based on any existing flower or plant – instead creating new ones, to fill the imaginary void in ones garden flowerbed! All of my sculptures are completely handmade, hand bent free form by eye. This lets all pieces be unique and have a natural organic feel.

gregpearson6I’m based in Effingham, Surrey, where I share fantastically well equipped family workshop, and I’m always close nature and inspiration in our garden and surrounding woodland “

Greg Pearson – Garden Sculptor


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When Serena contacted me to ask if she could show her work in our garden I felt very honoured . Now I have a stunning array of her work in our house garden for the winter and spring months. A canny collection of exceptionally diverse and imaginatively wrought beasts and birds fashioned from a salvaged collection of old tools, artifacts and ironworks.

Serena Thirkell is the great-great-granddaughter of the Pre- Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones, whose stained glass windows can be seen in St Michael’s Church, Brighton and who is buried in St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean. (there are two wonderfully designed windows in the church too !)

stretch poodle

Scrap metal pieces take on a bizarre life of their own as they become the crazed stretch poodle or the marvellously composed Blade Swan. The poodle is composed of a spinning series of cogs,spiralling crazily around to form the coiled curls of a poodlesque fur coat .Luckily he has a food dish full of bolts and screws to nourish him !

blade swan

  Cowering in the shadow of the hornbeam hedges the Mudflapper snaps its mouth menacingly and with his multi -fork legs dangerously  akimbo looks as if he has settled in perfectly.Something industrial becomes something entirely magical and enchanted in Serena’s hands.

The Trojan Horse and now its Blue Foal are poised for flight in the front border ,and you can imagine them cantering serenely through the grasses and out on to the prairie beyond, arching their graceful necks and swishing their tails. The metallic clatter of hooves strikes fear into the highwayman’s soul !

And presiding over the whole scene like an all seeing spectre , the Hectapus, ghoulish and menacing.

Read More about Serena, her work , background , inspiration and where she is exhibiting on her website at www.serenathirkell.co.uk

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Another local design business we are very honoured to be showcasing in the gardens this year are the very talented Moore Designs .

Who : Moore Designs is a successful collaboration between husband and wife team Kim and   Alex Moore. An award-winning blacksmith and designer, Alex Moore has created original  metalwork for over 12 years, and has supplied pieces for numerous medal-winning  Chelsea show gardens, public buildings and private residences throughout the UK.

Kim Moore is a professional marketer and advertising copywriter with 15 years of   experience building high street brands. Between them they have created an exciting  range of contemporary outdoor furniture and new form garden obelisks designed to be both sculptural and functional.

Metal Garden Obelisks

We have a selection of their architectural  garden obelisks showing in our Cutting garden which mirror the natural form of plants by flaring at the top, supporting them as they fill out and giving them the room needed to display at their best.

Made from a combination of 6mm and 8mm round solid bar, the metal obelisks are strong and sturdy and will support even the heaviest of plants including clematis, honeysuckle and roses. At the moment they are easily supporting our hopeless sweetpeas who are not making an ounce of effort to grow !In the meantime I love their  sculptural form .

 Garden Arch Designs

Graceful and sturdy, their simple garden arch designs are handmade by them in extra thick steel. Their unfussy styles complement any style of garden and are strong enough to support even the largest climbing plant. Both designs are beautiful as well as functional, allowing you to enjoy their sweeping shapes even during the winter months. We have two,  making swoonful arches over the bridge into the house garden and at the entrance into the cutting garden.

Garden Spheres & Sculpture

You can punctuate your lawns or hard landscaped areas with their decorative garden spheres.  I tweeted or facebooked about great balls of steel the other day I think. Their balls can be made  from either rusted mild steel or polished stainless steel and they could seriously  add interest   wherever they’re used. For impact in your garden, choose one of their spectacular giant spheres. Available   up to 2.5m in diameter their aged rust finish changes with the weather and seasons. And as you know big is always beautiful !

Read a lot more about Moore Designs at www.mooredesigns.co.uk

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garden pins

Garden Pins: Forged steel with bronze cuttlefish

We are very honoured that Jenny has brought her amazing sculptures to be shown in our garden. Fresh from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park Show, Jenny has brought a collection of stunning pieces ranging from the glorious garden pins to the bold peace pins. All these can now be seen exhibited throughout the summer , immersed in the plant groups catching the light at different times and adding a real sense of drama to the plantings . Jenny is also an accomplished jeweller and we have a selection of her beautiful jewellery also available for sale .

Peace pin

Peace Pin

Bio :Jenny took a Foundation Art course at Cambridge and thenwent on to take a degree in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics at Brighton University. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel fellowhip in 1993 and since then has exhibited throughout Europe. In 2006 Jenny exhibited at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Alabaster wings with silver

Alabaster wings with silver

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