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14 Mar 2008

Where did the last few months go?? Plenty of news to report as we have been very, very busy. Christmas was crazy - not enough nuts to go around and still trying to create enough stock now - all I can say is all good things come to he who waits!

We have been busy also with several interesting commissions already this year.

We have cast in bronze some amazing art deco style stems for Bideford glassmaster Simon Moore.They were silver plated, attached to the glass and despatched to Bombay Sapphire.

Timothy Richards in Bath commissioned us to create one of his fantasically detailed model monuments in bronze - a challenge to say the least but well worth the angst - it is to be presented to the winner of a prestigious architectural award in New York.

We have also been proud to be involved in creating work for a brilliant up and coming artist Beejoir for his show at the Leonard Street Gallery, London. The show had sold out by the end of the first day.

We are looking forward to our mini break at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate, last year we were awarded the GA Award for Excellence.

12 Oct 2007

The Midland Game Fair was great - lots of interest in our work including a gorgeous new piece of Brian’s ‘After the Chase’ - a lurcher resting after a good run — available online soon!

It was a brilliant show to go to for our lurcher fanatics. Dinsdale and Eli developed a fondness for terriers which has not gone away and we now have a playmate for our one year old lurcher in Scamp - a feisty bundle of fun Border x Paterdale terrier.

Our next show is a bit of a change of scene Spirit of Christmas at Olympia — a feast of fantastically lovely luxury and unusual gift ideas for everyone.

This will be our third year there. Our bronze nuts sell well — brilliant stocking fillers and original gifts. We will have stunning larger wildlife bronzes from our Running Dog Art Foundry team this year too. Stand B78 — we have a few complimentary tickets which we can allocate on a first come first served basis — please call 01598 760 558.

15 Sept 2007

Dinsdale, Brian and Eli arrived at the Midland Game Fair late last night to set up their stand. The van was loaded with some amazing pieces of bronze - new work by Brian including large hares, Mr Moonlight and a lurcher modelled with this fair in mind. They are proudly displaying on their stand the artist’s copy of Breaking Form - a foot long sculpture by Brian of a lurcher surprising a hare. Dinsdale cast it in bronze, patinated it and mounted it on a plinth for the Countryman's Weekly trophy for the Lurcher Champion of Champions. It looks amazing and will be awarded to the winner to keep until next year.

We will be taking orders and casting ‘Breaking Form’ in a strictly limited edition of 12.

After the disappointment of the CLA Game Fair being cancelled in July fingers crossed for a super show.

When they return they have plenty on - candlesticks for the Tower of London to complete, donkey’s heads by sculptor Rupert Till for the Brooke Charity and Adam Binder work to name but a few.

27 June 2007

Brian and Dinsdale delivered a lovely collection of bronzes to Farthings of Exmoor in Lynton today – animal sculpture including our new wildlife bronzes and some rare classics plus a bowl full of solid bronze nuts.

22-25 June 2007

Art Trek

Thank you to the Art Trekkers who braved the torrential rain and wind to visit our studio. Dinsdale likes nothing better than to talk about his art to a captive audience so is looking forward to Devon Artworks when we fling our gates open to the public again from the 15th to 23rd September. As well as a display of our current bronzes and commissions we had some marvellous stained glass by local artist Karen Toms, exquisite custom made elfin slippers by Rachel Petch, gorgeous glass bead necklaces by our friend Clare Turner and porcelain and bone china modelled by our team mates Don and Brian. We had some lovely comments left in our visitor’s book so the event was a success despite the wet outside (and inside) the foundry.

Sunday morning Ruby and I spent a very serene morning up at Broomhill – it was my turn to steward the NDA Square Picture Show. We had a great time looking at the work and spotting our friend’s pieces, sipping tea and even got a chance to have a quick look at the amazing sculpture gardens. Dinsdale is exhibiting some brand new work in the gallery – bronze on board to fit the criteria of the show. We were thrilled to discover one piece had sold already.

Enough socialising for a while now, we have been rather distracted by the plenitude of fun that is the North Devon Festival – Dinsdale is firmly nose to the grindstone to fulfil orders and commissions booked in plus getting organised for the Game Fair at the end of July.

Dinsdale Petch - Pouring the bronze