Nigel Bialy – Drystone Designs

Drystone Designs

http://www.drystonedesigns.co.uk/about-us/

The business was set up in 1984 by Nigel Bialy. Nigel lives in Comrie, Perthshire, but works throughout Scotland and the UK. He regularly works in the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen areas.

Since 1999, he has had a stand at both the Highland Show and Gardening Scotland, both at Ingliston, Edinburgh. Click here for more information and the dates of the shows. Nigel designs and builds the features himself, with a limited amount of help. It is a small business and offers a personal service. A selection of pre-designed features is already available, many with inbuilt seats. He also designs and builds to commission.

Nature doesn’t have many straight lines, most are rounded and undulating and difficult for use in modern construction. Many of the features are semi circular or oval. This can help soften the otherwise angular or rectangular shape of some gardens. The simple beauty of a curve or arch can lift even the most basic design in stone. He also does a certain amount of more straightforward work, freestanding or retaining walls for example, but normally with at least one decorative attachment – a small recess with a seat perhaps, or even a small hump in an otherwise level section of wall.

The skills used in building in drystone are ancient. The workmanship reflects not only the nature of the ground and the stone being used, but also the experience, skill and creativity of the dyker. Nigel, originally from Edinburgh, but who has lived in Perthshire for more than half his life, is such an artist.

G Kenny Design

G Kenny Design

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At G Kenny Engineering and Design, I offer bespoke metal furniture, garden and wall art. All crafted by myself in Scotland.
 
You can browse the photo albums to view my finished pieces or you can follow the progress of my current projects on my blog.

I work with all types of metals, using the Tig welding process and the hand plasma cutter. Due to the current British climate, I am trying to source all of my tools and materials from within the UK to support our own economy.

If you would like something completely unique crafted, or would like a reproduction -Please send me your ideas. I am passionate about bringing new ideas to life and creating pieces that will enhance your home and give the WOW factor!

Please message or phone me for prices of finished pieces or estimates for bespoke items. I'm happy to answer any question or chat through ideas.
Mobile: 07516 741440
Email: gkennydesign@aol.co.uk

Ratho Byres Forge

Ratho Byres Forge

http://www.rathobyresforge.co.uk/

Established in 1974, Artist Blacksmiths, P. Johnson & Company is a family partnership based at Ratho Byres Forge, near Edinburgh, Scotland. Phil Johnson, founder and Eminent Master Blacksmith, heads the team with son, Mike Johnson, daughter, Shona Johnson and son-in-law, Pete Hill. All four partners are accomplished artist blacksmiths each bringing a little extra to the team: leadership, forging, engineering, design, communication and marketing skills.
 
The partners are complemented by designer Jois Hunter, who turns ideas into sketches, detailed drawings and models, contributing much to the success and achievements of the business. Mike's wife, Sandy Johnson, ensures the smooth running of the office and accounts and a further six blacksmiths are employed in the forge.
 
The progressive approach developed at Ratho Byres Forge combines metal working techniques from ancient times, contemporary design and the innovative use of modern technology. All these factors give the forged metalwork a recognisable style and a reputation for quality which is second to none in Scotland. The work, both functional and sculptural, has won many prestigious awards. It has been sold and exhibited throughout the UK, Europe and North America and can be discovered in many homes and public spaces in towns and cities throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.  

James Parker

James Parker

http://www.jamesparkersculpture.co.uk/

The son of a farmer, I grew up on a Galloway farm in South-West Scotland. I have many fond memories of my childhood and the great outdoors I used to explore with my four brothers and sisters.

One of my earliest memories is of my father and I repairing a gap in a drystone wall. I must have been only four or five years old and was possibly more of a hindrance than a help.

I created my first slate sculpture in October 2007 and by June 2008 had held my first exhibition. I have since exhibited many times and moved into other mediums including steel and glass.

I’m fortunate to have the chance to work in some beautiful places, both within the UK and overseas, and love the fact that my work evokes feeling and emotion.

The images on this site represent a sample of the sculptures I have produced. If you would like further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

I hope you enjoy my work.

Katy Galbraith

Katy Galbraith

katygalbraith.co.uk

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!

Brazing Hussy

Brazing Hussy

Brazing Hussy Website

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 

Tober Reilly

Tober Reilly

http://sculpturescotland.org/

Our Story

You will find more of our wonderful sculptures situated in the 2 and a half acres of 19th century gardens at Lathrisk Estate. The gardens boast a wide array of magnolia, azalea, rhododendron, wellingtonia, irish yew, laburnum, copper and fern-leaf beech, acer and cedar and large herbaceous borders. These lovely grounds, a labour of love for nearly 40 years for my parents and I, form the gallery for these large works of art. As it is our private family home, we can only accept visits by appointment.

Max Nowell

Max Nowell

http://maxnowellsculpture.co.uk/

I have been closely involved with stone for many years. My early adult years were spent farming and I spent a lot of time repairing the dry-stone walls around the fields where I worked. I found I had an affinity for this age-old craft and I left farming work to take up walling full-time (or dyking as it is called in Scotland).

Gradually, as my work became more ornamental in nature and less agricultural, my artistic genes began to express themselves. Both my parents, after all, were artists and I think I only went into farming as a form of rebellion! Nowadays all my work is either sculptural or high quality garden landscaping.

I have worked with and for several other artists, including the world renowned Andy Goldsworthy, and have exhibited in galleries in Scotland and England. For a number of years, I have worked on ‘Show Gardens’ at Chelsea Flower Show creating dry-stone features in gold medal-winning gardens. My work takes me all over the UK and I have worked in the USA and Europe as well. I also take part every year in ‘Spring Fling’, Dumfries and Galloway’s extremely successful Open Studios event.

Stone is a fascinating material. It is easy to think of it as an inert, never-changing, lifeless substance, but I think of it differently. Geologists know that every rock or stone that we look at today has a history of change and movement on an immense scale. My work gives the same stone a chance to express its life more immediately. Whether it is a sinuous carving of a knotted rope or an imposing dry-stone sculpture representing an egg or a seed, the ever-changing play of light and weather on the rough-textured surfaces provides endless interest, and the slow changes wrought by mosses, lichen, insects and birds only add to the richness of the piece.

My approach to my sculpture is one of ruggedness combined with finesse, grit with subtlety. The work can be arduous and involves the physicality of hammers and chisels, striking and breaking, but it is also intensely satisfying work, creating long-lasting works of art that retain the natural beauty of stone through the careful consideration of volume and surface.

Michael McManus

Michael McManus

http://michaelmcmanus.co.uk

I have been working with wood for over twenty years mostly in a sculptural way. My need to express myself in creative ways is well catered for working with this amazing medium. I enjoy commissions that involve the client, their homes or garden.

I have tutored for several years at the Poldrate Art Centre, Haddington, and take carving classes on a one-to-one basis or in groups. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about carving or sculpture.