About Us

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.

 

 

Commissions

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.

 

Retail Galleries

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 

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