Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A Flaming Giraffe

In days of old, when knights were bold and times were full of laughs
Creative Kerry, so hip and merry created tall giraffes.
Now these steel beings, so full of meanings arcane and full of wonder,
Had flames fly high to light the sky, delight the crowds down under.

But sad to say there came a day when mechanisms failed them
And so for years despite the tears there was no fun or flaming.
Then all at once ‘Oh what a dunce’ said Kerry all excited
‘She will be cleaned, her pipes all reamed, and she can then be lighted’

Kalloo, kallay, oh what a day when FG  was re-lighted
We sang, we shout, we danced about and we were all delighted.

 A few days ago there was a gathering at Ceramic Break to witness and toast the Flaming Giraffe's rebirth. It was a glorious occasion and the evening was further enhanced by the chance arrival of an old friend. A photographer of many years, Val took some amazing photos, one of which is on the blog, and she was moved to write her own appraisal of the evening. 
'Beneath a full moon we wait.
Ears cold. Toes numb.
Collective intake of breath. The eyes glow red.
Gasps at the flicker of blue. Flames erupt from the head.
Cries of delight. The neck is ablaze.
We cheer.
Dali's giraffe in full metal jacket actually alight.
Behold the splendour of Dali.     Val



Sunday, 3 August 2014

The Tiger Club Revamp..

After a whirlwind visit to the foundry where lots of hot air and mutterings accompanied a frenzied casting, patinating and painting, Kerry had a five minute rest before returning to the studio to contemplate the improvements he wants to make to the base of The Tiger Club. 

This large sculpture investigates the sordid side of male culture.  It is an installation of bronze, fibre optics and mirrors which, having 150 individual pieces and a steel base, took Kerry 2 years to complete.  Not being satisfied with the original support as he felt that it did not truly complement the piece, Kerry has designed a more elegant and aesthetically pleasing base to enhance the beautiful sculpture.

Sculptors of large and complex pieces have to have a good understanding of engineering and be able to draw up accurate plans.  Kerry has spent quite some time nutting out the design of the base, transferring it onto paper and translating it into a cardboard model to ensure that the base will be cut and welded correctly.

So far so good, but as was once said, the proof is in the pudding and this pudding has yet to be baked. Keep an eye on this space.