Information about the artist

 

Mike Bigland

I studied sculpture with David Howorth in Bridgnorth, Shrops,

http://www.davidhoworth.co.uk/

for over 2 years, after retiring from a 32-year career in engineering design and manufacture. I have studied wax modelling and also moulding and casting with Richard Feroze at West Dean College. 

Initially my sculptures focused on the ethnic variation in both portrait and form working in clay, wax and plaster.  I manufacture my own moulds and cast pieces in plaster, cement fondue and terracotta. I have work cast in bronze or other metals by a specialist foundry.

My latest work is in stainless steel and explores the essential elements of plant forms. All this work is of a welded construction and is designed for external display within the garden environment, or as indoor arrangements. I am also working on some new individual flower forms for sale in  2016.


 

 

I have studied jewellery design and manufacture at the Birmingham School of Jewellery for 3 years, with Katherine Campbell-Legg.

http://www.katherinecampbell-legg.co.uk/

I am focusing on silver pieces predominantly with an Arts & Crafts or Mackintosh theme. All relevant work is 'Hallmarked' at the Birmingham Assay Office

Working across these disciplines and incorporating my engineering experience is very stimulating and encourages cross-fertilization of ideas.

My new studio/workshop is now located in Tewkesbury  Gloucestershire, as I have moved home to Cheltenham, in January 2016.

I am proud to have been elected to join The Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen.

http://guildcrafts.org.uk

 



Allium schubertii




 Silver Jewellery under construction