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New Sculpture

Art With A Conscience

Link to Forest Credits SchemeAs I sat and watched the world outside my workshop window bursting into life, a Robin was singing its heart out. I love walking up the hill at the back of our house and onto the moorland to hear the Skylarks and the Curlews. It's a lovely part of the country here in Hebden Bridge and I feel very lucky to experience all this wonder around me. It's such a beautiful world!

I think about that quite a lot.

I've been fundraising for several environmental/conservation charities for a while now, but for some time I've felt a pressing need to do more. We switched to Ecotricity a while ago so that the house and workshop are both now supplied with power from 100% renewable sources. To further reduce my carbon footprint I've signed up to the Forest Credit scheme run by Rainforest Concern, offsetting the carbon emissions that occur due to my business activity making it carbon neutral. This means that all carbon emissions caused by the power used in all casting processes, all shipping activity and all mileage covered in the van have been offset.

While maintaining the absolute highest standard of quality, all my bronze sculpture is now cast from metals obtained from over 95% recycled sources too.

Small steps on a world scale - we're only one very small business - but it's a step in the right direction.

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Switch to Ecotricity & get an £80* Geckoman voucher

Nancy and I think that it is extremely important to make lifestyle choices that are ethical and environmentally sustainable. That's why we have teamed up with Ecotricity to encourage more people to switch to clean energy.

Ecotricity started supplying electricity from 100% renewable sources in 1996 - the world's first Green Electricity company! Since 2010 they've been making and supplying gas from 100% renewable sources too. They're a not-for-dividend company - the profits go back into changing the way energy is made and used in Britain. Find out more about them and how you can switch to a greener future using this link:

If you would like to talk to someone ring 08000 302 302 stating either the code GECKO1 or just say you heard about them through Geckoman. Once the switch is complete I'll send you an £80 Geckoman voucher. It will help me out tremendously if you contact me once you've initiated the process with an idea of what you'd like to spend it on so I can start work on that and have it ready as soon as your switch over is completed.

* Terms & conditions apply

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Open Studio

Geckoman's new workshop!

As part of the Hebden Bridge Open Studios event I'm inviting everyone to come and visit my brand new workshop. If you can possibly visit West Yorkshire during July 7 – 9 I highly recommend it. Not just to come and say hello to me and Nancy, which would be lovely, but there are 90 other artists here in our very creative little town taking part, as well as the Open Gardens event on the same weekend and it's all free!

The workshop is open 11am – 5pm Friday to Sunday. Any other time of the year it's by appointment only, I don't normally have my range of art and sculpture out on display.

The address is 53 Bridge Lanes, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6AT - it will be clearly signed. You'll find parking in the car park near by or keep going down Stubbing Holme Road and you should find somewhere. The workshop is at the back of the house down a slope and steps, unfortunately not wheelchair friendly.

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New Sculpture

Bronze Fire Salamander Sculpture

These Fire Salamanders are the first sculptures to come out of the new workshop.

They're life size at 120mm (4 3/4") and the one with the curled round tail is 70mm (2 3/4") across. Cast in solid bronze, then polished, coloured, lacquered and waxed so they won't tarnish. I use the shine of the bronze showing through the patination to create the colour effects. All my sculpture is certified carbon neutral and cast in the UK to the highest standard using over 95% recycled metal.

Find them on my online shop here.

For the full list of where to find me this year please see my Events page.

Don't forget you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for latest news updates and photos!

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Bronze Tree Frog