Simon Griffiths' work is first and foremost an expression of his love of the natural world. As a child, he spent as much time as possible in the woods near my home, exploring and drawing the things that lived within them, especially the animals and birds. His sculpture comes from within himself, and he has spent many years experimenting with different materials and studying the work of other sculptors.
His work primarily stems from direct observation of the subject he is portraying. The stylistic and constructional considerations are secondary to portraying the subject as honestly as he can. This is not to say that he strives to make his work realistic in the literal sense, instead he seeks to capture and portray that sense of awareness that is present in all living things. He likes to think that every one of his sculptures has some of the soul of the animal within it.
The work is constructed in crank clay around an armature. He models as fully as possible with his fingers and only uses tools to accentuate certain lines. He loves the immediacy of this technique. When the clay is firm the armature is removed and the piece is hollowed to an even thickness. Once bisque fired the work undergoes several more firings with successive layers of oxides, stains and under glazes to build up the required effects and depth of colour. All sculptures are fired to stoneware temperatures. Most of the larger sculptures are attached to a piece of wood or a post and a base and joined as a whole.
The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £45.