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New Stone Sculpture for Summer Exhibition

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A Bowery Bird, Boyle Arts Festival 2017

A Bowery Bird

My latest stone sculpture, A Bowery Bird, is now showing in the Facing West exhibition in King House, as part of Boyle Arts Festival 2017.  If you are in the North Roscommon area you can call in to see the show which runs until August 18th.  The Arts Festival was opened by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Culture.

This new Kilkenny Limestone stone sculpture is part of a collection of work including my small bird sculptures in bronze and stone.

In this body of work, the sculptures’ central theme is stylised birds, but in each piece the form of a specific bird is closely adhered to, for example Leaf Warbler and Little Dipper and the commissioned Dove on Olive Wood.

The original bird is always carved in stone.  In the case of my smaller birds, I also cast bronze versions of these stone sculptures, to create a series of one-off bronze sculptures.

Whether in bronze or stone, the birds have a feeling of endurance while at the same time representing a bird’s fragility and the notion of life’s transience.

I finish the pieces individually, with subtle differences in the shape and with various patination effects.  The sculptures are mounted on wood, bronze or stone bases.

I cast my own bronzes in the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, where I also teach bronze and aluminium sandcasting. Read more…

Bronze dove on olive wood

Bronze Dove on Olive Wood

This bronze dove on olive wood was a lovely commission to make, with thanks to the patron, Father Niall Ahern.

I first carved the dove in white marble, then sand cast it in bronze.

I sourced the olive wood myself on a trip to Portugal, and the little bronze olive branch was made by my friend, Louiza Dimitriou, who lives and works in Athens.

 

Octabuild

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A repeat order of the handsome Octabuild award.

National Enterprise Awards

Overall award

NO REPRO FEE 7/11/2013 County and City Enterprise Boards National Enterprise Awards. DesignPro Ltd. from County Limerick has been named as overall winner of the National Enterprise Awards by the County and City Enterprise Boards at the annual awards ceremony held this evening in Dublin Castle. Pictured is Paul Collins (right), Founder, Design Pro Ltd., with Vincent Reynolds (centre), County and City Enterprise Boards, and Mike Cantwell, Acting CEO, Limerick County Enterprise Board. DesignPro Ltd., which was set up in 2004, is a leading provider of precision automation and machine build services to the medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronic and automotive markets. It employs fourteen people at its two premises in Newcastlewest and Abbeyfeale and is supported by the Limerick County Enterprise Board. Solaris Botanicals in Galway won the 'Best Start-Up Business' Award, Aaron Value Adding Services Ltd. in County Clare won the 'Innovation' Award with the 'Best Export Business' Award going to Chia bia in County Waterford. The other finalists this year were: EazyCity (Cork City), Celtic Rider (Fingal), Haven Bay Care Food Ltd. (Cork South) and Tolerance Technologies (Kerry). Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

DesignPro Ltd. from County Limerick has been named as overall winner of the National Enterprise Awards by the County and City Enterprise Boards at the annual awards ceremony held this evening in Dublin Castle. Pictured is Paul Collins (right), Founder, Design Pro Ltd., with Vincent Reynolds (centre), County and City Enterprise Boards, and Mike Cantwell, Acting CEO, Limerick County Enterprise Board. 

Second year of the National Enterprise Awards. Bronze on limestone base.

Boyle Arts Festival

Four birds

Exhibiting my small birds in King House during Boyle Arts Festival, two sales, thrilled!

Limestone/ bronze Little Dipper/ Leaf Warbler

Ideate, Kilkenny

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3D Dave demonstrates

One of the exciting talks and demos I attended during Ideate in Kilkenny, this is 3D Dave showing off the capabalities of his Ultimaker 3D printer. My eyes were on stalks… and I soon wondered if there might be a use for all the plastic products…

Blast from the past!

Spotted- Training Award 2003

Spotted- Training Award 2003

On a tour of Quinn Glass in Ballyconnell, I spotted an award of mine from 2003. Hello old friend!

Lincoln Stone Festival

Excited to be part of the European Stone Festival 2013

Getting started, with 146 other carvers!

Tentatively finished

Tentatively finished

After just one and a half days of carving (and meeting other carvers, sharing tools and learning techniques) I was more than happy with the results, and delighted that my hen fetched £230 in the auction for the Cathedral restoration fund.

Northern Ireland Tourism Awards

 

Northern Ireland Tourism Awards

Northern Ireland Tourism Awards

I’m always delighted to make these awards for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board- I’ve been making them for eight years now.

King-Harman plaque at Ardcarne Cemetery

King-Harman plaque

King-Harman plaque

Commission for Rosemary Tindal, directly descended from the King-Harman family (of Rockingham and Boyle), for The Gathering event.  Some of the headstones in the family plot at Ardcarne are difficult to read, so this bronze plaque identifies and maps them.