Karen Fawcett - putting the finishing touches to a Thrush
Colin Fawcett - cityscape painting
Colin completed his Master of Arts degree in 2015. He has since developed a working methodology for casting birds legs in pewter, especially for the larger birds. This gives us a better control over quality, as we used to buy these components in from an outside supplier.
Michael Fawcett is responsible for the initial clay work and underpainting the fired result.
David Fawcett is responsible for our sales and marketing, including preparation of this website, events we attend and any materials needed for the sales process.
Working from the home studio, I finish all of the sculptures myself, including final detailed clay work and colour painting/glazing.
As well as researching existing projects, I am always looking for better ways of doing things and I like the challenge of undertaking new subjects.
In addition to running the business we also have four children to look after, which can be quite challenging at times!
At the Karen Fawcett Studios we are committed to creating lifelike sculptures using the British countryside as our inspiration. The sculptures are created from detailed study and visual observation of the subject, and with reference to an actual specimen where possible.
They are hand crafted and finished to a very high level of detail, each piece is therefore individual and unique. We aim to capture not just the look, but also the spirit or personality of the subject, making it appear much more alive - as though it could move at any moment!
Our sculptures are not only unique and affordable works of art, but are also an investment for the future, that will enhance the look of your home and garden.
Some of our works are glazed to provide a more robust outdoor finish. Where more detailed colour is needed for lifelike representation of the original subject, we skillfully paint the fired sculpture with weatherproof paints - although not as durable as an outdoor glaze, this finish is guaranteed to last at least 5 years.
All our works are either signed on the underside, or where this is not possible we use a stamp of the 'K' logo to ensure it is an authentic piece.
The production process
We often get asked;- how our sculptures are made? what are they made from? and are they weatherproof? This article should answer all those questions and more!
The first stage of the process is to choose a subject. This then needs to be researched using photographs, video material and study of an actual specimen if at all possible. Research is important to understanding the form of the subject, and getting the finer details of feathering and colour correct. The production of the first sculpture in solid clay puts that research to the test. When the sculpture is deemed acceptable, then a plaster mould is made. This gives us the ability to make consistent forms, as well as then being able to line the two halves of the mould with clay and make a hollow replica of the original sculpture (just like an Easter egg!). If this were the end of the process then we could be accused of just making endless replicas using the mould. This is NOT what we do.
The clay cast loses detail during the moulding process, but here we are more interested in getting the body shape and size from the mould, not the final detail. Once the two halves are joined together, then the process of adding the fine detail begins. This includes the details of individual feathers or fur, the position of the head and limbs, and most important of all, the eyes. This is where the detailed research done earlier becomes invaluable. Each piece is crafted individually, so if you compare two thrushes, for example, there will be definite differences in the feathering and the colouring, making each piece completely unique. This process also gives us the opportunity to position the head (or ears etc) at any desired posture, looking right, looking down, looking left, for example. This is then fired at 1250`C for 6 hours, making the piece frost and weather proof. When cool, the piece is examined for flaws - only perfect pieces make it to the final process.
The fired pieces can now be either painted or glazed. We would prefer to glaze all our pieces, but this process is a bit hit and miss, and it does not gives us the fine colour control we want, to achieve a realistic end result. Consequently all our smaller birds tend to be painted, because fine colour detail is important for realism. Most of our mammals are glazed. Glazing involves a second firing to bond the glaze to the clay and invoke the chemical reactions that give the final glaze colours. After this stage the legs are glued into the body of the bird, or the wooden post is glued to the bird, using epoxy resin. Once set, unglazed items are underpainted (a base layer) before the final colour painting can be done, ensuring we achieve a faithful copy of the original specimen.
Again each piece is checked for final quality before being carefully packed and shipped to the customer.
We can undertake any sculpture that is not listed in our catalogue.
You can immortalise a favourite pet in clay, we can work from photos to get a realistic likeness.
Here are some examples of work we have undertaken for individuals and museums. Contact us for a quote if there is something specific you require.
These galleries are independent companies that stock our products. Please let us know if you find any errors in this list.
LARKS GALLERY BALLATER ABERDEENSHIRE 013397 55888
TOUCHED BY SCOTLAND RYHILL OYNE ABERDEENSHIRE 01464 85148
COASTAL DESIGN CAMPBELTOWN ARGYLL 01586 550334
PINE MARTEN BAR GLENMORE AVIEMORE 01479 861253
OBSIDIAN ART STOKE MANDEVILLE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 01296 612150
THE STANI GALLERY STONY STRATFORD BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 01908 567656
WHIPPET GREY LTD OLD AMERSHAM BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 01494 433344
PRIMAVERA CAMBRIDGE CAMBRIDGESHIRE 01223 357708
OUT OF THE BLUE MARAZION CORNWALL 01736 719019
VK GALLERY ST IVES CORNWALL 01480 498130
KUDOS INSPIRATIONS ST IVES CORNWALL 01736 79855586
LIME TREE GALLERY BISHOP AUCKLAND COUNTY DURHAM 01388 526110
PERCY HOUSE GALLERY COCKERMOUTH CUMBRIA 01900 829667
THORNTHWAITE GALLERIES KESWICK CUMBRIA 01768 778248
NICE STUFF GOSFORTH, SEASCALE CUMBRIA 07539 962295
ART@GLYNGLASGALLERY CORWEN DENBIGHSHIRE 01490 412188
BIRDSONG BAKEWELL DERBYSHIRE 01629 813721
INGLEBY GALLERY INGLEBY DERBYSHIRE 01332 865995
GALLERYTOP MATLOCK DERBYSHIRE 01629 735580
LUDGATE FINE ART CHAGFORD DEVON 01647 433287
WHITEWOOD GALLERY NEWTON ABBOTT DEVON 01364 654030
BLUE LIAS LYME REGIS DORSET 01297 444919
THE OLD CHAPEL GALLERY WEYMOUTH DORSET 07597 338953
FLEET GALLERY FLEET CASTLE DOUGLAS 01557 814228
TATES GARDEN CENTRES NEWHAVEN EAST SUSSEX 01273 616000
FELSTEAD FELSTEAD ESSEX 01371 821662
FRAMEWERKS COLCHESTER ESSEX
HEADSTREET GALLERY HALSTEAD ESSEX 01787 472705
CULROSS POTTERY SANDHAVEN, CULROSS FIFE 01383 882176
LE-MAITRE ST ANDREWS FIFE 01334 476038
SUN GALLERY NEWBURGH FIFE 01337 842323
MAISIE & MAC CUPAR FIFE 01334 656523
NEW BREWERY ARTS CIRENCESTER GLOUCESTERSHIRE 01285 657181
SARK GLASS TAKE TWO SARK GUERNSEY 01481 832507
PUFFIN FRAMES Isle of North Uist HEBRIDES 01870 603731
PUFFIN STUDIO CRAFTS Isle of Benbecula HEBRIDES 01870 603885
LION GALLERY LEOMINSTER HEREFORDSHIRE 01568 611898
BEAULY GALLERY BEAULY SQUARE INVERNESS 01463 783508
CASTLE GALLERY ROTHSAY ISLE OF BUTE 01700 500159
YARMOUTH GALLERY YARMOUTH ISLE OF WIGHT 01983 761424
THE WEE BOORACHIE MILTON OF CRATHES KINCARDINSHIRE 01330 844580
ARTROOM HELEN GARSTANG LANCASHIRE 01995 600400
PLATFORM GALLERY CLITHEROE LANCASHIRE 01200 425566
ROLLINSON GALLERY PRESTON LANCASHIRE 01254 878921
MAIDENBRIDGE LANCASTER LANCASHIRE 01524 261463
SHAKSPEARE GLASS &ARTS WESTOVER LANGPORT 01458 252477
BRITISH CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH LEICESTERSHIRE 01332 863337
DOTTY GALLERY TWYFORD LEICESTERSHIRE 01664 840910
FERRERS ASHBY DE-LA-ZOUCH LEICESTERSHIRE 01332 863337
FAERIES PRESTON MANCHESTER 01772 824983
TWEEDSIDE GALLERY NEWTOWN ST, BOSWELLS MELROSE 01835 823473
ART NEXT TO THE SEA WELLS-NEXT-TO-THE-SEA NORFOLK 1603262120
BIRDSCAPES HOLT NORFOLK 01263 741742
HG4 GALLERY RIPON NORTH YORKSHIRE 01765 607600
JOE CORNISH GALLERIES NORTHALLERTON NORTH YORKSHIRE 01609 777404
VIXENDALE GIFTS RIPON NORTH YORKSHIRE 01765 677475
NEUE SCHULE STOKESLEY NORTH YORKSHIRE 01642 710627
THE ELM GALLERY THIRSK NORTH YORKSHIRE 01845 577316
BEAR COTTAGE INTERIORS HAWES NORTH YORKSHIRE 01969 666077
SILVER STREET GALLERY WHITBY NORTH YORKSHIRE 01947 602083
CRAFTWORKS CORBRIDGE NORTHUMBERLAND 01434 634500
MAREHALM BERWICK UPON TWEED NORTHUMBERLAND 01289 332723
SUSAN ENTWISTLE LTD TOLLERTON NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 01159 375705
FOCUS GALLERY NOTTINGHAM NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 0115 9537575
IONA HOUSE GALLERY WOODSTOCK OXFORD 01993 811464
SWANA LONG CHIPPING NORTON OXFORDSHIRE 01608 811072
ATHOLL GALLERY DUNKELD PERTHSHIRE 01350 728855
CORTE REAL PADERNE, ALGARVE PORTUGAL 00351 91273762
ITCH GALLERY OAKHAM RUTLAND 01572 755333
JULIAN JARDINE GALLERY PERTH SCOTLAND 01738 621836
PICKLES & CO OWESTRY SHROPSHIRE 01691 653278
NUMBER 7 GALLERY DULVERTON SOMERSET 01398 324457
SIMON KING FROME SOMERSET 01373 466312
THE COTTAGE GALLERY WEDMORE SOMERSET 01934 712617
ART@GORING GORING-ON-THAMES SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE 01491 875609
SOLO SHEFFIELD SOUTH YORKSHIRE 0114 2680600
DAVIE FINE ART DONCASTER SOUTH YORKSHIRE 01302 751199
SUKI GALLERY TUTBURY STAFFORDSHIRE 07854 807968
FOTHERINGHAM GALLERY BRIDGE OF ALLEN STIRLINGSHIRE 01786 832861
IMAGINE GALLERY SUDBURY SUFFOLK 01787 378786
BREEZE CLAIRE WOOLER TYNE AND WEAR 01668 283333
THE BISCUIT FACTORY NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE TYNE AND WEAR 0191 2611103
TYNE & WEAR MUSEUMS NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE TYNE AND WEAR 0191 2772267
ARTIFEX ARTIFEX SUTTON COLDFIELD WEST MIDLANDS 0121 3233776
THE GLASSHOUSE GALLERY LEEDS WEST YORKSHIRE 0113 2687785
HEATHERLEE CRAFTS LEEDS WEST YORKSHIRE 0113 2713831
STUDIOTIC HUDDERSFIELD WEST YORKSHIRE 07776 184484
SMITHSONIA BIRMINGHAM WEST MIDLANDS 0121 6438194
BLUESTONE DEVIZES WILTSHIRE 01380 729589
THE CRAFT COMPANY CHIPPINGHAM WILTSHIRE 01249 705888
PERSORA PERSHORE WORCESTERSHIRE 07887 991032
MANGO JUICE GALLERY WORCESTER WORCESTERSHIRE 07834 283471
SALTBOX GALLERY HELMSLEY YORKSHIRE 01439 770881
SISSONS GALLERY HELMSLEY YORKSHIRE 01439 771385
PYRAMID GALLERY YORK YORKSHIRE 01904 641187
SHOWCASE GALLERY RICHMOND YORKSHIRE 01748 822400
SUSAN GAUNT Boutique HARROGATE YORKSHIRE 07481 386959
THE OLD GLASSHOUSE GALLERY KNARESBOROUGH YORKSHIRE 01423 861930
NATIONAL TRUST 0844 8004201