Featuring three friends who met while studying animal sculpture in clay with Brendan Hesmondhalgh in Yorkshire.
“Animals have always been my subject: I love the combination of skeletal consistency with the excitement of working in a wide variety of media. I progressed from wood to stone carving, then to clay, but I when I get the chance I particularly enjoy forging and welding scrap metal for the challenge of achieving an animal likeness with the most unlikely materials.”
Hilary is a travel expert, publisher of the Bradt Travel Guides, and has been awarded an MBE and Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Seaton.
“From childhood the three dimensional form has attracted me and I have used several media for sculptures but I find the plasticity and strength of stoneware clay superb for bringing to life the animals I find endlessly fascinating. Finding attitudes that express personality and often humour, the tenseness of the body and muscles, all this I try to achieve in each piece.
I’ve spent most of my life in the New Forest and have worked, amongst other things, as artistic director for garden ornament companies and have produced definitive models for dog and horse breed societies.”
“I started sculpting the human form at the Mary Ward Centre in Bloomsbury but became intrigued by the similarities as well as differences in morphology across the animal kingdom. I like to undertake less familiar subjects and try to use a study of their evolution as part of the creative process. I have worked with wire, wood and plaster but clay is my favourite medium. The malleability allows for detailed features to be incorporated and the glazing provides the opportunity to experiment.”
Penny is Kentish and spent most of her career working in scientific research centres in Kent and London, latterly at the Royal Veterinary College where daily access to the skeleton collection in the college museum could bring on inspiration overload. She now shares a house with a friend and former colleague near Axminster.