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ABOUT
Chris studied at Leicester Poly gaining a BA Hons in jewellery and silversmithing back in 1988. Designed and made jewellery for three years before joining The Steelworks, which gave Chris a wonderful opportunity to weld various designs: desks, wall art, lighting and a selection of weird animals, all from the Camden Lock gallery. In 1993, a move to Covent Garden and the creation of Rex The Mouse brought a whole new audience which has kept Chris busy for the best part of twenty years. While Rex is still going strong, Chris' eyesight needs a rest from the intricate welding Rex requires.

Larger designs had been brewing in his mind. Garden sculpture was the outcome and the success of the first sculptures in the spring of 2013 gave Chris the confidence give them their own website. Based on natural forms, Chris' simple interpretation of leaves and buds in steel, stand out well against a garden backdrop. His designs have 360 degree interest, framing plants and buildings, while the steel surfaces reflect both sky and vegetation.


Living in Martock, Somerset and working from a shed in the garden has allowed Chris to keep up his ethical stance. There is a wonderful selection of businesses locally including a well stocked timber yard, metal works and powder coaters. All are great to work with and put up with Chris looking for scrap and off cuts.

The making of these sculptures has taken several twists and turns but Chris has settled with mig welding the strips of mild steel ( sometimes recycled) to a thick steel rod, bending and sanding before welding on to a steel plate. Once aged for 4-5 weeks in the garden, which requires many sprays of water to advance the rusting process, the 'Rustic' sculptures are finished with a couple of coats of specialist oil for protection. This also gives them a natural darker brown sheen. Some sculptures are mounted on green oak plinths while others are staked directly into the ground, as if they are growing from the soil. These are called 'Lawn' sculptures which also are suited to various locations in the garden such as under trees or in beds where plants can grow around them. To complete each piece, Chris has saved lead from the roof of his house, cut into square coins and stamped with a CK. These are attached to the sculptures as his signature.