Giant bronze feet emerge… Rope tricks… and Siberian Reindeer herders….

Ok, after a long summer life kicks in .. we’ve been heavy into casting.. The Colossus has moved onto the next phase.. we now have two feet.. nearly a quarter of a tonne each.. this project is so big we can only take it a step at a time!

Prepare yourself for an epic posting.. only the casting nerds will survive this..


Here he is.. moulds beginning at his feet…


Eva plastering over a heel.


Tom pulling off rubber cases .. after the plaster cases have been removed..


Rubbers safely back in the plaster jackets cleaned and ready for wax painting.


Three layers of coloured wax applied.. trimmed then the sprueing system is attached.. channels through which the bronze will eventually pour..


fine surface coat of grog and plaster is sprayed on for detail…


More grog and plaster to create the core.


pouring cup in the base is where the bronze will eventually enter the mould.. so much of this is thinking 8 stages ahead…


Eva pulls off the rubber for the ‘reveal’  the wax is lovely.. she will now touch up the casting seams and repair any surface defects.. this new spay on blue rubber is fantastic for detail..


Craig adds the vents which will take the air out when the bronze goes in..


Then spends days applying the plaster and grog mould surface.. chain is wrapped on the inner surfaces to mitigate some of the immense pressure the ‘investment’ will be subject to when 250 kg of bronze is poured into it at high velocity..


Haven’t got a picture of the finished investment, you’ll have to use your imagination…

The investments have been in the kiln for a week, now out, Craig inspects the pouring cups to make sure they are cooked and clean…


Fred blows air through them to clean out dust and detritus .


Nuhng is applying plaster and scrim very carefully , to strengthen the ‘investments’.. a lot of work has gone into these we don’t want them to burst…


Fred and Tom skillfully pour in the bronze.. a whole crucible for one foot.!.the  temperature is around 1070 degrees centigrade


Crowds gather.. this lot are the ‘Suffolk Art Fund’ visiting for the day….


Nuhng in the gear…



The break out starts.. this will take a day!



Finally we have bronze feet..what a bloody palarva!IMG_0227IMG_0246

the surfaces are great we are very happy…. its the ankles next  two years of casting and we might get there!!  one step at a time eh..



Elsewhere in the studio

I have finished the final Figure for the Heveningham Hall  Niches.. this is the ‘Artisan’ he stands on a pile of broken mouldings, these are from the hall. The East wing of the Hall burnt down years ago and the restoration project has been ongoing.. this guy represents that work.. he contemplates a ‘Wyatt’ ceiling and dwells upon it and many other things i’m sure..


The fragments of mouldings, covered in the first layer of blue rubber..


The Tutu is the mould seam, plastic shim is suspended and kept in place with wire and paper clips.. wonderful solutions to fiddly problems..


Tom with the new spray gun.. this sprays a fine layer of rubber onto the surface, built up again and again, its comparatively fast and saves a lot of man hours.. It’s technology developed for casting the vast blades of wind turbines.



Other moulds are being made.. using pink rubber.. what a lovely colourful process this is.. Louis is getting good at this..


Nuhng is just starting..


New guy Jamie has previous experience , so is let loose on making moulds for some Christopher LeBrun sculptures we’ve agreed to cast.. large-scale works…


This is the sculpture Louis is making the mould of.. he’s called ‘EEK!’



Other sculptures developing at the Fire Station..



Early days , but I’m enjoying rope and twine… Bought 250 metres from a chandlers.




Imagine casting this!!  sorely tempted..


The fifth Niche figure is now in bronze.. being welded together.. the detail on the base is incredible.. bronze really is amazing stuff!


I’m travelling with Anthropologist and writer Piers Vitebsky to a remote region rarely visited.  North Eastern Siberia is the home to the ‘Eveny’ nomadic reindeer herders, a people Piers has been studying for over thirty years.. I am visiting as a guest of the University of Yakutsk. Piers’s great friend Tolya is to be our guide.. we arrive after three days travelling to a place called Tiksi way above the Arctic circle, (next stop the North pole) to a land of permafrost and vast herds of Reindeer, wolves, bears and amazing bird life of the Elena Delta. We will travel for 80 miles on sledges to the herding settlements, and from there reach out into the Taiga to find the herders.. A privilege and a very exciting prospect..

look out for the next blog, for less casting and more herding..


This is a wonderful book written buy Piers about the Eveny, their way of life and the Shamanism they practice, a practice fading fast.. he has recorded it for posterity!!

His book Living ‘Without the Dead’ about the Indian tribes of Soraland in Orissa, has just been published, its wonderful too, already winning international awards..



You’ve done well to get through this one, pat yourself on the back.. see you when I get back!!!


Sculpture for the miners, more than just bronze portraits.. heads in Wiltshire……

We’ve finally got a show up presenting the idea for the Mining Sculpture for Doncaster.. Frenchgate Shopping centre kindly gave us a shop space, and we’ve put on a show..

It’s called a ‘A Rich Seam’


Had pods booths and posters all over the shopping Mall.. felt quite important..


Here’s some of the plaster heads being prepared for the show.. each miner who sat for one, received a head.


Fantastic photo portraits of the miners were taken by Danny Heaton and the students of film and photography at Doncaster College, they looked heroic!


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The proposed sculpture will feature a myriad of bronze Miners portraits, presented in small niches in a rock, as though they were a seam of coal.. each head will be connected to a film made during the portrait session. These will be  digitally accessed at the sculpture, so you’ll scan a code and get the film of the head you’re looking at..

A digital archive as well as a piece of art!

Set into the paving around the sculpture will be a glossary of words and mining terms particular to Doncaster, each Pit and there were a lot surrounding Doncaster, had its own particular language and terminology. some of these will be etched into the pavement, alongside the names of the Pits and Colliery’s and we hope names of miners who have been sponsored to feature in the scheme.

So you’ll walk over the language as you approach the sculpture , meet the miners the users of the language, listen and watch them on your phone and then on the otherside meet the big listening miner.. what a treat.

You can see the mock-up of the rock in the shop.. with a few of the heads in plaster in their niches….


Apparently its very ‘Game of thrones’ which is cool.. though I wouldn’t know.

Its going to be much bigger.. this is the other side of it.. A listening miner stands in a shaft, listening to the settling mine (the sounds of the geology of the mine settling was something that came up frequently in the sessions)  He is also listening to the voices on the other side.


Imagine the Miner is six-foot high to get an idea of the scale..


And to make it all perfect.. I had a massive printed wall of a load of the sketches made in the research and development of the project.. it was printed and pasted up like wallpaper. You can see another maquette of the miner here.. I like the fact that he engages with the drawings.



Here’s some shots of the heads being prepped.


The opening was like a reunion, I was stunned at the positivity. There were times when I thought it would be impossible to get an idea that would satisfy all parts of this incredibly proud community, worse than Brexit.. But the miners were very supportive, and the feedback from visitors has been emotional in some cases. I think we are tapping into something , creating a new community around the rock..We are still looking for miners and those related to mining in the area, to come and offer their heads! Have a photographic portrait done and then go forward to be selected to be in the sculpture, get in touch with Jo Mcquade at to put your or a friend’s name forward and for the dates of the photo session s at Frenchgate. (It will be in the first week of August.)

The show continues at Frenchgate Shopping centre until the 4th of August. below is the invitation..

A rich seam invitation

Its being ‘crowd funded’.. please support the project by clicking on the link and making a donation.. tell all your friends and Networks.



The wax heads were also being exhibited as part of the ‘Revelation of the Head’ show at Messum’s Wiltshire.





Heres the rather fine catalogue for the show.

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Also finished and installed the first four Niche figures for Heveningham Hall in Suffolk, a fantastic opportunity. Here’s a taster- shots from the install..

better shots in the next blog..

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You are still able to see this very large plaster head (‘Time out of mind’ is its name)  at Jason Gaythorne Hardy’s, White House Farm,in Glemham, Suffolk. Where it had its first outing at the ‘Alde Valley Spring Festival’ ,if you want to visit it or indeed Jason at the farm where lots of art is available to be seen throughout the year, email him at . It will stay here until it’s needed for a big show I have coming up at Messums Wilts in September 2019.



Excuse the moody look.. I should have listened to Doug the photographer and said ‘cheese’, anyway I’m only there to give you an idea of the scale of this thing.



On top of all that visits to my studio and foundry go on, here are the ‘Norfolk Contemporary Arts society’ on a visit earlier this month.. ‘The society of British Portrait sculptors’, and the ‘Suffolk Art fund’ will have visited before the summers out.. if you want to organise a group just get in touch..



Last but not least I’m opening a show at the Diss Corn Hall this friday the 20th.. 6pm all welcome. Writer and Broadcaster, Malcom Donay will be a Q&A’ing me in the theatre there on the same evening and we will be showing the ‘Creek Man’ and ‘Thousand tides’ films .. the show will continue until September the 1st..

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After all that the team deserve a good rest.

  Tom, Nhung, Louis, Ed, Fred, Eva and Rowan!


….till the next time!



SCULPTURE, sculpture, more sculpture…Australia, dead horses and the odd fox….

Back from the other side of the planet, a successful exhibition was had at 12 Mary’s Place Paddington Sydney,  A historic gallery in Sydney recently re-opened by the ‘Defiance Gallery’ we virtually sold out with orders for editions..The show is now open in Melbourne at a brand new space .




Heres the catalogue ..just a click away!  Lawrence Edwards Gatter 13.3.18

Got a chance to travel. We got to Orange over the Blue Mountains where we were hosted by amazing Wine and food growers and met up with my sculptor friend Harrie Fascher at her wonderful studio in Oberon…


Get an idea of her work, studio and life, and the great person artist….she is…by watching this film…

she’s just won a $50,000 prize …


Lots of Horses at her studio…one was shot outside my bedroom window one bright morning.. it was old.  I have to say I’m disappointed to find my photography only recorded the grimmest of things… Here’s the aftermath after I’d had breakfast and brushed my teeth…


Then we went to the ‘Bush’ to meet Stirling Dixon  (Farmer and ecologist) at Taralga , part of the Tarlo National Park.. where foxes are not wanted..


Brought over by us Brits .. they wreak havoc with the indigenous mammal and bird population, small marsupials and ground nesting birds suffer terribly.. Stirling  and friends attempt to keep them under control.. a fine welcome…



Here he is leading the way on a small expedition.. well across a stream….



Eucalyptus where he pointed out striations on the bark where flying squirrels sucked sap at night.



His house




stunning interior built by himself sensous earth floor.



From left Harrie, Stirling, Anne and Jan.. who told me tales of travelling, looking for rock art in the Kimberley’s (far north Aboriginal territory).. where a wasp nest covering a rock painting had been removed and carbon dated.. and was found to be 20,000 yrs old….painting could have been 40,000..


Trees six months after a forest fire..Stirling got a new bush trained dog, that went missing on its first night.. so well-trained was it that in the morning 80 wild goats were herded at the front of the house (these and wild pigs are the scourge of the bush apparently) Stirling was able to sell them on to the local restaurants.. a lovely dish, one we delighted in that night.. good dog!

Apparently poor thing was gorged by a miffed Billy the next day…that was the end of him…





The wonderful shower..water warmed by a fire .



One of the many termite mounds reminding me of my ‘Sylvan man”



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The show continues in Melbourne 409 Malvern Way, South Yarra until the 13th of June..




Saw a fantastic Patricia Pincinnini show at the Brisbane Museum of Modern Art.. a great new museum. Brisbane is developing fast.. I’ve liked this artists work from afar for years so pleased to see them in the flesh.. I think they’re very Australian.. in the way horn and nail penetrates flesh.. their marsupial type relations with a platypus type convergence of materials and imagery..


anthropomorphized  courting Vespas,


Ruminations on Artificial intelligence and machines ability to reproduce..




Back in the UK, life had continued a pace.. the Niche figures for Heveningham hall being finished and moulds made and the 5th (of 6) now ready for casting. I’m learning a lot.  It will be 10 life-size figures modelled and cast in just over a year, and editions sold of some of them ….


The team pouring a wax of figure number 4



Under the watchful gaze!


The fifth one is based on a figure I made in the early 1990’s which I’d always wanted to scale up..



I attached small surveying figures on him, fused into the sprueing system. I called the sculpture ‘Standing upto Scrutiny’ Might try it again on a larger scale!




Tobias Ford, was out kayaking at Butley Creek, and trying to beat the time home got these rare images of ‘The Thousand Tides’ sculpture emerging in the water…


and these ghostly shots of him shot on the way out.

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Finally, The Alde Valley Spring festival opened when I was in Australia.. Tom managed to finish The massive head for it. It’s in plaster and terribly photographed but you’ll get the idea.. we’ll have professional shots of it next time.




I’m delivering work to Messums Wiltshire for A Head show starting there on the 26th of May..




EXHIBITION: The Revelation of the Head

Saturday 26 May – Sunday 8 July
Preview: Saturday 26 May, 6:30pm RSVP

Our 13th century barn is the setting for a carefully chosen selection of some of the best heads that history has to offer. Ranging from ancient to contemporary.
Artists include Gavin Turk, Jonathan Yeo, Elisabeth Frink and many more…read more


I’m doing a gallery talk there on the 16th of June.a saturday morning. contact gallery for details..


coloThat’s it for now …next time I hope to have finished the plaster phase of the Colossus and may have even begun moulding with new equipment…bought especially.. don’t hold your breathe now..

and news on the show for the Mining sculpture we’re installing at the end of June in the French gate shopping centre..Doncaster.  Here’s a rock we’ve started to build in preparation.. tune in next time to see it finished!!!


From portraits in palms, to the heads of giants. Australian Exhibitions and an Irish poet…

Hello… where to start! Don’t worry I’ll keep it brief..

The Colossus (26ft High figure) has moved into the next phase. the bit where I start modelling.   Its taken 8 months so far and i’ve planned for a three year job.. I will be modelling the surface keeping it as fresh as possible ,keeping the surface active and alive without confusing the issue, making it readable from distance and interesting up close.  Marks made with the sweep of an arm now sit with thumb marks scaled up from the model, now the size of dustbin lids.  Fingers scratch and claw amidst dollops and squelch’s flung from distance.  The learning curve is immense..heres a brief evolution… firstly the finished polystyrene form.. lovingly carved by Tom,covered in plaster and skrim.



My first job was to effectively cover and corrupt the faithful reproduction of the maquette.

A hard thing to do considering Tom and Eva had spent 6 months creating it.





I needed to thicken the torso and find form, musculature and mass.






I decided to use grog and plaster instead of plaster, giving me a softer and more open textured surface. This is the material we use to make the moulds over the waxes, (the Investments)  so I’ve manipulated and built forms with it for 30 years, its second nature to me now.



The figure will progress from a side which is organic, ‘of the earth’. To a more figurative form, the forearm and hand are an example of the more figurative elements. I was surprised that I could model relatively easily on this scale, that the anatomical knowledge in me, was scaleable…and didn’t necessarily require a whole new approach.. phew!



I want the gaze to look down to  a space about 15ft in front of the sculpture (the place where, disconcertingly now, we drink wine every friday night).  One eye  will hopefully  fix the viewer and the feeling evoked will be of reticence, inner resolve and submission to an energy or state bigger than itself. A kind of grumpy concession to the forces of nature and a steely almost judgmental questioning of the viewer who is, perhaps unknowingly, at this moment in time free of his constraints and commitment.  But who will some day rejoin, re-enter that vast geological cosmic swirl.




View looking down from the access platform to Tom on the floor, its high and wobbly up there..




Meanwhile up in Doncaster  at the other end of the scale the palm held portraits continue. This gruelling exercise of two days of sittings creating six wax portraits and films is mentally and physically demanding. The Miners are fascinating and to have subjects walk in sit down, tell their life stories and leave, altering me and my experience in the process, is humbling .

The idea for the finished work is evolving fast, I think it will involve fifty or so heads.  made over a year.

I am having an exhibition of the work and ideas done so far in a vacant shop in The F’renchGate’  shopping centre toward to end of May into ~ June, this outing should help resolve the final plans and provide a gateway to creating the final piece.


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Mr McQuade : Session 8


Mr Tempest: Session 7.




Tom: Session 9




Anthony Busell: Session 10wax

I’ve continued to deliver talks and presentations as part of the consultation. I think now after 6 months of this kind of exposure I’m beginning to understand the issues and sentiments of this unique community !!

I make a presentation to the Mayor next week.


Here’s the link to the films of the sessions.. if not on the main menu you’ll find the latter sessions on the side bar amidst usual You tube detritus.. A sparkling website is being built this is a holding page operating in the meantime, Doncaster college are fantastically helpful imaginative and enthusiastic!!







The `Heveningham Hall, Niche figures’ are evolving.

Two have now been cast into bronze and the third ‘The Patriarch’ is now in wax. I like them very much, an implicit narrative has developed, it’s a life cycle. Though where it starts and finishes is never determined.  The ‘Patriarch’ is a strong character, who can be looking at a new generation evolving, or his own past laid out.. the 4th and 5th figures are in clay. Six are needed to fill the 9ft Niches in this incredible 18th century Wyatt interior, its an incredible honour.  I’m hoping we’ll have installed the 6ft bronzes by the Summer.



Funny, you can see the big guy through the door in the open space….



Here’s the top half of the first one..



A glimpse of the niches and the sculptures since removed..





I’ve just opened a show of maquettes in London. ‘Messums’, Cork Street. The reception has been great. Here are exerts from the catalogue, it finishes in mid April.. I will be in Australia setting up exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne at that time.

The first show opens at ‘Mary’s Place’, Paddington , Sydney on sunday the 15th of April, The second at ‘409 Malvern Road’, Melbourne, opens on the 13th of May ending 6th of June .

Look out too for the ‘Alde Valley Spring Festival’ in Glehman, Suffolk, this year. A new gallery is being built to house the large ‘Chthonic Head series ‘, very exciting.

I’ve also modelled a small head of the Roman Emperor ‘Claudius’. The Roman bronze of which was found in the River Alde near Glemham over a hundred years ago. It was discarded by one of `Bodica’s’ Mercian soldiers after  the sacking  of Colchester.

A copy of the head from the British Museum will act as a centre piece for the festival this year and my offering will be shown next to it. Bronzes and plasters of the head will be available to purchase through the festival. I’ll also have a range of new maquettes and studis on show beside rthe heads.

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Installing this massive  ‘Chthonic Head’ in Mayfair was a challenge, he looks great in the gallery space. We’ll be showing him in Australia too.

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Opening pages featuring ‘Keep Breathing’pge1


‘Endless Game’

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‘All Roads’

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‘The Chase’chasecatchermounted headgroup






Finally the great Irish Poet ‘Paddy Bushe’, who lives on an eroding cliff on the western coast of Southern Ireland, wrote this beautiful Poem about ‘The Carrier’.

The last edition of which sold this week.  He will be spending his days  in ‘Orange County’ Australia.  Which sounds a far cry from these snow filled Suffolk marshes…




for Laurence Edwards

The man bends under the weight of the cuttings

He will draw home. He has spent the day hewing

The small branches and shoots that he is allowed.

The leaves and shoots will feed the cow he tethers

Because he has no grazing. The branches will keep the fire

Smouldering another day. We will manage, he thinks.

His load is tied with bits and pieces of thin rope, knotted

And tightened beyond all measure. The pack solidifies,

Its outside branches scored by pressure from the rope.

When he heaves it onto his shoulders, sinews

And branches knot into each other, the man grows

Into his load, his load an impetus that lifts him up.

Seeing him against the light, you could imagine him

Bronzed, heroic. You could see something noble in this.




Thankyou paddy..

next posting will feature  a collection of poems by Caroline Maldonado about the ‘Creek Men’.


Well it wasn’t as short as I’d hoped, apologies for that.. see you in a month…Lx




Portraits all shapes and sizes, Doncaster Miners, Colossi and Sculptures for Australia……

I’ve been in Doncaster all week, working on portraits of the Mining community, in preparation for the large commission I’ve received, to create a sculpture for the town celebrating the MIning culture, that’s sadly  no more . This is part of the ‘Consultation’ phase but I’m beginning to think it might be a bit more than that!!

Danny Heaton runs the photography department along with Liz (forgive me Liz you’ll have to tell me your surname one day) at Doncaster College. They are energized motivated and making things happen.

We’ve advertised on face book and other social networks for members of the mining community to come forward and have themselves photographed by Danny’s students. I then choose ‘Heads’ from them and then once a month (from now on) spend two days modelling them in wax, for two hours, the sitting is filmed and live streamed by film students, (brilliant!) The sitters tell their story, I listen and model in wax a small head, its strangely fascinating, even for me..

This all came out of a conversation with my son, who told me Rodin went to Calais to model the citizenry in preparation for the Burghers of Calais commission. This I thought was a lovely idea and a great way to get to know the community, and so it has proved.


Here are the heads still in wax transported in a bucket of water from Doncaster…




This is Steve, he was a ‘Fitter’ mechanic, often on his own deep underground. Now at 67 a keen cyclist and runner who did the Three peak challenge in 4hrs 50 minutes last year!!!

I love this kindly head..

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This is Keith a proud ‘Goldthorpe’ miner, He brought me a ‘Nadge’ (A beautiful axe cum lump hammer for striking through the corrugated lining of the tunnels to make manholes in the sides) Married to Lyn a policewoman, who served throughout the strikes. Lovliest of couples and warm kind people.

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Here’s Keith and I on the live feed screen HQ!




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This Joan Hart a famous ‘Pit Nurse’,  85 now, she has written a book of her experiences, nervous to start with, soon started to tell me what she thought of me and my oral wax. habits!..


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Keith Allsopp  big character came with his  lovely wife Suzanne, hilarious stories of mining folk, vivid depictions of Pit Ponie racing miles underground with only the lights on their helmets to show the way.  Finger missing, lover of Dimple Whiskey!


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10 year old Conner Hughes was Mick Lanaghan’s grandson, Mick’s a pillar and font of knowledge of the mining community, He mined at Hatfield, the only Pit Head still standing. told of migrant communities and Gypsies.


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Rachel Horne, a ‘Strike baby’, now an activist and editor of ‘Doncapolitan’, a magazine serving Doncaster dealing with social issues, serving as a mouthpiece and platform for the vibrant culture in the area.


We’re going to cast the heads and the next 6, and show them together with the photographic portraits in an empty shop in ‘Frenchgate’ the main shopping centre of th e town, i’ll also be showing the proposals for the finished work.. at the moment i’m thinking it may feature many many portraits.. i’m really quite escitied..

Here are the links to the films made during the sittings…


I’m returning in Feb to do another 6…so if you area miner  in the Doncaster area get in touch with Danny and get your photo taken..we really want to hear from you..




Meanwhile back at the foundry The  26ft Colossus is nearing the end of his first phase in the foundry.. next he has to be covered in plaster, then I start modelling the plaster.. here are some of the team at his feet..photographed by Bill Jackson..




`This is the bronze maquette.



This is a plaster head over six-foot high, I’ve made him in order to practice the modelling and surfacing work, but can’t resist ‘caring’ so now I quite like him and will be showing him alongside the large bronze heads I’ve made. Firstly at ‘The Alde Valley Spring Festival” in Glemham Suffolk, in April – May, then at Messums Wiltshire in May  -June as part of a show all about the ‘Head’ freaturing heads from antiquity to now.



Here are the bronze heads, called “Chthonic heads 1&2′

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Here they are being modelled in clay, to give you a sense of scale.



Bill spent a few frosty mornings photographing in the Suffolk landscape, for the catalogues promoting the upcoming show in Messum’s ,Cork St, starting March 14th. and the Sydney show. We were trying to make it look a bit Australian, wide flat horizons and big sky’s.. frost gives it away a bit though, too good to ignore.


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Here are some of the other pieces Sydney bound, by no means all the works going, i’ll show you the others when the show starts..  Its taken a while to cast and collate them, i’m excited to see how they feel in Sydney..

The Carrier..


‘The Catcher’  14 ft wide..


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‘Sylvan Man’




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“Hands on Hips’ life size bronze.

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'Top Step' oz one

Man on steps. life size figure..

'Top step' (verdigree oz one)

small study ‘`Long way down’

Crouching man5 (Long way down)


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‘Feel the Heat 1’

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There are lots more but I fear I may bore you!!! I’ll update soon with Danny’s portraits of the miners , and of them sitting for me..scrollo n for earlier postings…speak soon..


be safe be good…Lx


Giant – big – large -Sculpture bronze heads clay men, Temple and…………………Mines.


Well the giant  26 ft high figure is growing fast in polystyrene layers. Here’s a quick run of images of the last months activity,  which are hopefully self-explanatory, check a couple of postings back for more technical detail…

See below a poly layer having been cut out, then hollowed to fit around the steel frame. This is placed, pinned and then eventually plastered into position.. a long and fiddly process!



Thats me on his toe…



Once the layers are in place Tom ad Eva can start the carving , using kitchen knives and wire brushes, they painstakingly copy marks and shapes from the plaster sections of the figure..




The numbers are critical in locating positions. You can very quickly lose your bearings, at times you’re almost snow blind.. Tom and Eva have found the process surprisingly exhausting!!



Life goes on around the figure, there are lots of other projects on the go. The deadline for this figure to be delivered to site in bronze is 2020…


He’s now a constant presence.. toasted every week..



The modelling is slowly making its way down the front.. we’ve had to stop for a while  to prepare a show that’s going out to Australia. The show opens in Sydney on March 12th 2018, moving to Melbourne for April the 4th..  We have to get all the work crated and ready to go by sea by Christmas..



This head is one of the sculptures going, We have to work out plinths and colour after the finishing, then find a great location to photograph it.. same goes for a lot of the other work .. busy times!


Here’s some shots of a second casting of the head, One has been bought and needs to be delivered whilst the other is abroad!  Here you see the head in wax with the pouring channels fixed, accepting the first coat of grog and plaster, to be built up and eventually put in the kiln for the wax to melt out…leaving a head shaped hole for the bronze to flow into.


Meanwhile the six-foot figures commissioned for 6, 9ft Niches in an century Hall are underway, I’ll show them in detail next month, here are a couple of fun shots..



I’ve also won a commission to create a sculpture to celebrate the Mining history of Doncaster in Yorkshire. I’ve started the consultation phase , involving travelling to ‘Donny’ and talking to the mining communities  that surround it.

Also breaking into the last Mine still standing though long closed. Amazing experience these Pit Heads are important to the communities as significant as the medieval churches I love here in Suffolk.



They remind me of the paintings of Giorgio DeChirico



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Then I thought of those Iranian tombs, temples, Persepolis, Ur etc

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Miners Banners and the carved Trilingual of Xerxes!

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The imagery is amazing as are the people I’m meeting its an exciting project.. you’ll see how it develops over the year….



That’s all folks.. thanks for hanging in there.. please sign up and be my friend!!!!!



Cannon Green Staircase bronze sculptures finished………………..


Well a month has gone and its been frantic.. I’m concentrating on one project for this posting.

The four life-size figures commissioned for Cannon Green a new building next to Cannon St Tube, it’s on Bush lane, find the Leon and you’ll see it.. you can go and see them , tell them Laurence sent you.. (office hours)

We’ll pick them up being put together in bronze.

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Two ‘Stair climbers’ waiting to be welded together. The sections have been water jetted and rough finished.  Getting them balanced is going to be difficult, they are going straight onto concrete, so strength is a serious issue, we have to plan for ‘Wolf of Wall St’ type parties, three people climbing them etc the same time keeping them looking spiritedly and in motion on the steps is a major undertaking, something I’ve been worrying about!!




Tom’s crafted serious lugs under the feet, to take 30 mm stainless studding that has to be drilled into the steps on site..



Figure coming together..


In at the deep end Ania Kwilecka came to work for the summer, she turned into a very good worker within the month,  She’s surfacing the bronxe with a fine chisel.



She made a subterranian bedroom in the boiler room under my Fire Station….



Nice back..



Harry came to help for a day… not sure he’ll want to come back!



John another new assistant heating up the now assembled figures in order to patinate them..



Here they stand ready for packing and photographing by Bill Jackson..



Relieved, the team celebrate, wine and crisps descend from above.. there’s a cake in there somewhere.. Ania’s leaving cake…



Here are Bill’s Photos of the finished bronzes..

The detail we’re getting now is amazing, the cloth on these figures reminds me of Tolland man,







He almost looks skinned!







So now for the installation..This is Cannon Green  27 Bush Lane, still under construction, a concrete staircase has been poured inside the glass entrance hall at the bottom..their home!!

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We had to hire a big drill needing a water supply to cool the very expensive diamond tipped drills.. we had to drill through steel  re-bar aswell as high-grade concrete took two days to install the sculptures.

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We wait to get the lighting right and the building finished to take the definitive photographs, beamed to you as soon as – you’ll be relieved to know..




Meanwhile I’ve got a little show in ‘The Crypt’ of Norwich School, poster and invite below.. I’m giving a talk on the 9th of November in the Blake studio at 6.15.. just incase you can’t read it., all welcome!

Laurence Edwards Final Invite



I’m also starting the process of making  public sculpture to celebrate mining in Doncaster. The public consultations start on the 10th of November, I’ll be giving talks in 5 of the 12 mining towns surrounding Doncaster over the weekend.

Then making portraits of twelve x miners form the area, it’ll be live streamed whilst it’s happening.. a show in the Museum gallery will be staged in the Spring where I’ll present the final idea.. and a book will be launched, keep an eye out .. they’re a passionate people, I was happily surprised to meet a small delegation of concerned  x miners at the press launch.. more to follow …next time



Thats it.. goodnight and farewell..







TheBig sculpture scale up begins!

OK just to remind you , we are making a 26 ft high figure, in bronze.. by far the most massive thing we’ve ever done, I’ll be taking you through the creation of this giant, in various blogs over the next three years, so the answers to your burning questions will come in good time!!

Recap: Below is the model of the figure in plaster, being sliced on a bandsaw in order to get a series of layers to draw round on graph paper..found out why…..




Here are all the plaster slices stacked up and numbered,



Here’s Tom looking at the shapes traced on to graph paper, He is then carefully copying each one onto a  polystyrene sheet on which the graph paper has been scaled up.




Eva now jigsaw’s out the scaled up shapes,



Here’s the top of the thighs



They are stored carefully!




Dan takes the offcuts to be responsibly disposed of.. I see a new sculpture coming!




Ania Eva and Dan (whose last day this is) rest after a hard days work..  Thanks for all your hard work this summer Dan!




Meanwhile Tom has started to grapple with the steel structure which will support the edifice.. A large section hands unnervingly from the ceiling, which has had to be reinforced, as the weight of the whole thing will likely buckle the roof!!


The leg section lies on the floor waiting to be winched into position..




It fits perfectly all Toms mathematics and planning has paid off!  He now starts to fit the poly sections..


Holes are cut in the centre of the poly , and plaster will be used to fix each one to the steel armature.. creating a surprisingly solid structure


The body section waits to be installed, But we leave it at this stage for now, as we have four bronze figures to finish who will be climbing a beautiful staircase in Cannon St London.. that’ll be the next blog..


That was a shorter pithier blog.. I am attempting shorter more frequent blogs from now on.. unless you want them longer?

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Body in the water: ‘A Thousand Tides’ causes a fuss!

“Bronze sculpture mistaken for body in the water” BBC online


The BBC got in touch with me whilst in France to report that the Coastguard, Police and Fire Service had been called out to my figure lying in the water at Butley Creek.

I would like to apologise to the Emergency services for distracting them from their important work. and to the distressed member of the public who reported a body on Tuesday.   I would also like to thank the artists of Butley Mills Studios, who fielded angry Coastguards and Police.

The story has been on BBC online, Look East, Radio, the Telegraph amongst others.


The Sculpture was buried in the Creek over 18 months ago, (weirdly about a thousand tides ago!) and is supposed to sink slowly into the mud, It was a parting gesture to a loved landscape which had abutted my studio at Butley for over 14 years. It was intended to echo the Saxon ship burials of the area (Sutton Hoo and Snape) and the bronze age hordes discovered in neighbouring fields, now at Orford Museum.


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The figure disappears under the water with every tide and re emerges when the water recedes. I see it as an ablutive (purifying) process, cleansing a calm caressing. This tenderness expresses perfectly my relationship with the Suffolk Coast, a relationship captured beautifully in books such as Julian Tennysons ‘A Suffolk Scene’.  (A book that mirrors many of my experiences exploring these marshlands in my youth.)


The Creek at High tide, the figure under the water.


The sculpture’s harmony with the environment is often recorded by visitors, who send me images of their experience, these ones from John Esling. Showing the birds of the area making use of him.





This is a  long exposure through a pin hole camera created by artist Laura Ellenberger. The exposure lasted a month, day, night – high, low tide…the figure becomes a ghostly haze.

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The burying of him was a performance in itself, . We had to build a raft with a hole in it for him to be lowered through and into position. When he entered the water he bubbled as  air escaped, he turned golden like a giant fish as he descended,  the bubbles continued to issue for some time,  a powerful experience.




Making him was also an emotional experience, I usually model figures upright, they therefore become a kind of equivalent to me. Modelling a supine figure changed the relationship, he was like a patient and I the doctor, he seemed vulnerable and when holding his hand I felt as though I should read his pulse, he peered over his chest at me working on him as if to ask what I was doing to him. This relationship, I feel, continues in the marsh. ‘Where am I going’?



A good film has been made of the project by Film maker Phil Cairney, here’s the link


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I am in talks with the Coastguard at the moment, their initial response is for me to remove the work, I have suggested some buoys would signify its presence as an object and not a body. I await their decision.

Removing an object like this isolated and  a long way out from land, and away from the channel, will be very difficult,  I cheekily asked the Coastguard if they would be able to do it as part of a training exercise, they informed me that the Helicopter’s are based at Lydd in Kent and up at Hull. and would cost thousands, I asked if any helicopter would do it, the response was negative!

The exumation would be a perfomance in many ways and what to do with the weathered and encrusted body after would be something to consider.  I’ve obviously been thinking stay in touch!!!

I’ll finish by reflecting on Myron’s bronze bull on the Acropolis and how it fooled the public into thinking it was real, and feel i’m in good company!

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Large sculpture man.. diced,sliced and stacked….

OK, the big journey started this month.. the largest sculpture I’ve ever had to make.

The contracts were signed and work has begun on a 25 ft bronze man. Its going to take at least three years to make.   I’m employing 3 more people, who are in intensive training ..

Here’s the plaster in a grid box.. this is the master we are working from.. about 3 ft high we will be enlarging him to the full size plaster over the next few months, the scaling up starts here.. he is basically sliced on a bandsaw..




He has to be angled perfectly, which is what the wax buttress’ are all about.







The slices are stacked and numbered


It’s a precision job, even the width of a blade can make a big difference at 25 ft..




Now he is fully sliced, he waits to be enlarged, what next.? you’ll have to wait until the  next blog……


I have finished modelling four figures for a massive staircase in the city.

It’s next to Cannon Street Tube station.. Two figures are climbing the stair and two brood at the top.  Here are the two climbers in clay.


This guy is arriving at the top of the stairs, looking slightly daunted, he has various wrappings.


I like the back!




I like this hand too..



This is the second man, but the first you come to in the building, he’s looking concentrated, slightly fleeter of foot, I wanted a touch of evolutionaryness. (spell check didn’t like that!)




The other two are now in wax,



Disco king!



Man contemplates monkey..








Fear of the collapsing wax……… poles and string..



Indeed the hot early  summer has prompted the use of props for sagging waxes.

A theme I think I’ll develop, once the commissions are realised. Though with a total

of ten 6ft figures to make it won’t be for a while…


These are sagging in the Sax studio,.. I’ve had to pin them to the wall.. Love them.. again i’ll cast them when we get the time in the schedules..(can’t believe I said that)



I’ve had to buy an access platform that reaches to 30 ft, to make the giant .. three of us had to go on a course to learn how to use it!



You can drive it from the top.. alarming!



Here are a couple of new employees ..

Eva and Ania learning how to operate the grog crushing machine.. Noise and dust do not translate to blogs like this.. believe me it’s not pretty.


Ania’s already having to teach work experience students, Harriet from Thomas Mils stayed for a week..


I used her as a working exhibit on her second day.. The Essex Art fund, seemed to have a fine time visiting the studio..


Hoody man.. wrapping again is proving most stimulating.. more stuff to develop.



A popular slot.. ‘The collapsing clay.’. here a figure disappeared overnight..




Studio detritus









I’ve made a couple of bedrooms at the fire station for the new assistants, I’ve put

pictures on the wall and set dressed..


this is not a bedroom this is finger painting… cleaning hands on boards after painting walls.IMG_6851IMG_6853IMG_6854


Maggi Hambling and I have just opened a show at  the ‘Lynne Strover Gallery’ in      Fen Ditton, Cambridge.  These are shots of the setting up.. The show continues until August the 5th.


AN ENCOUNTER | Maggi Hambling & Laurence Edwards



I’m also in this wonderful drawing show  ‘Seeing through Drawing’  at Mandell’s Gallery in Norwich, celebrating the life of John Berger.

Curated by John Christie a long time friend and collaborator of Berger’s and Martin Battye. The show celebrates drawing, featuring the likes of Kossoff, Aurebach, and Berger himself, amid many other significant artists, its worth a few hours.. Heres the link.

‘Seeing Through Drawing’ Press Release


Finally I was gob smacked, and dumbed by the medieval  glass at Long Melford church,

Apparently some of the best on the country, whatever that means..whats Modernism when it’s at home eh..?  sorry about my photo’s



The lady on the left was the inspiration for ‘Tennier’s ‘ illustration of the Duchess in

Alice in Wonderland.



This ‘Crucifixion of the lillies’, Christ on a cross of flowers took my breath away!



Enough, I’m going on holiday, see you on the other side…scroll on for previous postings, there’s a few years worth now.. and the website will always welcome you…

Have a great summer!