I set up Abstract Arcs in July 2000 working from a small unit on Trannack Mill Industrial Estate near Helston in Cornwall.
My self employment followed a period working in the Blacksmith's shop at South Crofty mine the last working tin mine in Cornwall before it's closure and then for two metalworkers in Hayle who moved away leaving some of their customers looking for a new supplier.
There are three main areas in which I work;
Metal art/craft work made mainly from steel and recycled copper. This includes items such as candlesticks, clocks, mirrors, bowls and non-functional pieces.
Sculptural one off and commissioned items, functional or non-functional.
More traditional gates, railings, general fabrication etc which have been produced for private customers, builders, churches, surgeries, shops and other businesses.
A variety of equipment and processes are used in the production including mig welding, brazing, soldering, plasma cutting, oxy-acetylene burning and heat colouring, angle grinders, spray guns etc. The majority of the art/craft work is ground steel and recycled copper with welded/braised detail, coloured by heat and then lacquered.
I like the idea that everyday items that have come to the end of their ‘useful’ life can be transformed into a desirable form. If that form can also hide the furious activity needed in its creation then even better.