As a sculptor Matt Buckley follows in the footsteps of his step father Robert Harrop whose work has been respected and collectable for over 25 years.
This is a relatively new collection of work but it is clear that Matt Buckley is also going to become very collectable.
For Matt, the sculpting process includes an element of engineering in it's design - requiring a sturdy framework on which the clay is moulded. The main purpose of the framework (armature) is to be strong enough to hold the weight of the wet clay as it is formed into shape.
A careful mix of marble resin is patiently poured into the prepared master mould before being lowered into a vacuum chamber, removing unwanted air bubbles within the casing.
After being cured and hardened the cast is carefully removed revealing a white sculpture.
Before painting can begin an intricate cleaning process begins, known as fettling. This is when any mould lines and residue is removed using small adjustable drills, knives and sanding blocks. It the sculpture has been made in several parts they are then put together using steel pins, resin and specialist adhesives before they are levelled and then sandblasted in readiness for painting. Every piece is intricately painted by hand with exacting precision and care.
We keep a good selection of sculptures in stock at all times. However the collection is very popular and sales are very regular so we are sometimes waiting for stock to arrive. Each piece is hand made and this can take up to 4 weeks. if your order is needed immediately please contact us so that we can check stock and availability for you. We will do our absolute best to meet any deadlines you have for your order.
Fizz Gallery is a contemporary gallery and picture framers situated just 20 minutes south of Bristol, in the popular independent's shopping area of Hill Road, Clevedon. Over the last 10 years we have been representing established and emerging artists, designers & makers. We currently represent some of the most collectable contemporary artists in the UK. A warm and relaxed welcome awaits you at the gallery, from our experienced and professional team.
We hold regular fundraising events for our chosen charity Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust (Bristol).
T: 01275 341 141
Fizz Gallery and Framing
26 Hill Road