Melanie Deegan

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Sculpture / Three dimensional form

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Her sculpting career started in the 1980’s when she spent several years working as a woodcarver with Ray Holloway in the Somerset village of Draycott. This gave her experience of a wide range of projects involving anything from restoration work on Wells Cathedral to carving ‘butter prints’ for the National Trust.

Initially she worked in clay, learning about mould making, casting and then moving on to try other materials including plaster, lost wax bronze casting and Newplast. She then discovered Jesmonite and began to experiment with different approaches to casting and laminating. This work is still evolving, learning about the best way to make an armature and the types of material that can be combined with Jesmonite.

Inspiration for her sculptures comes from various sources including photography, paintings and real life. Being base in a rural area of South West England there is plenty of wildlife to be found locally along with farm and domestic animals. Her plans for the future include a number of large scale sculptures suitable for outdoor locations in addition to working on her regular commissions.

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For further information on Melanie’s workshops please contact Merry via email at: stablearts@hotmail.com

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