Raymond Douglas - Blacksmith
With more than fifteen years experience, R. Douglas is a fully time-served blacksmith, and a member of the British Artists Blacksmith Association. We undertake traditional and contemporary metalwork commissions for both private clients and public agencies, all handmade to customer requirements.
I gained an MA in Contemporary Fine Art from Cumbria Institute of the Arts in 2008.
I am an eclectic artist, using a variety of different mediums and styles, including mosaic, painting, film, and sculpture. My work is often based around the figure, telling stories or manifesting psychological dilemmas. I am happy to take commissions for portraits and indoor and outdoor mosaics and I offer workshops in these areas for all ages and levels of experience.
Ratho Byres Forge
Working in my dry-stone lined bothy in the garden, with views over the hills, I am frequently inspired by this landscape which is reflected in my mosaics. Flowers in abundance feature in the majority of my exhibition pieces, as well as in private commissions. While many of my pieces are considered ‘decorative art’, I also enjoy making mosaics with a more practical purpose such as mirrors, table tops and garden items.
In producing my mosaics, I aim to be true to myself and my interest in recycling and sustainability by incorporating many recycled materials, including those representing me and my home town of Crieff, Perthshire (Crieff Pottery whisky jugs; remnants from a local fused glass artist) or pieces donated to me by friends and family similar to a traditional patchwork concept. I also use wine bottle glass and broken car windows amongst other salvaged materials. The surface used for many of my mosaics originates from discarded kitchen units.
Recycled materials stimulate many of my ideas in mosaic pieces that I have done, and as a consequence my "bothy in the garden" is now filling up fast with china, glass and decorative ceramic ornaments and overspilling into the garden.
Working with mosaics is an evolving process for me, as I explore working with new materials and themes. I never stay static for long!
Back again this year, Heather Gray (the 'Brazing Hussy') is based locally in South Queensferry, Scotland, where she creates original sculptures in mild steel inspired by the forms and shapes found in nature.
A lot of my pieces were commissioned and can be seen in businesses in Edinburgh and South Queensferry.
For these sculptures and more, please have a look in my galleries