Frances Firth

PET SCULPTOR

Falstaff and Lady Macbeth

I worked for ‘Stratford Stone’ Nuneaton for 14 years, sculpting a wide variety of of artifacts. The ‘Stratford range I sculptured during one summer season, whilst working for Stratford Stone. The 3 pictures one the left show Falstaff and Lady Macbeth which I made from a study of those already in Stratford-upon-Avon park.

 

 

Triumph Bonneville

Triumph Bonneville memorial plaque

In celebration of the Triumph Bonneville factory, Meriden, Warwickshire.

This plaque which stands at the end of Bonneville Drive, Meriden, Warwickshire, was commissioned by Meriden Council to commemorate the ‘Triumph’ factory where the ‘Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle’, was manufactured. The factory has gone, on the site is a small housing estate.
In the corner of the picture we see the wax model being burned out by pouring molten metal into the mould. (lost wax process) I made the original in clay, casting the clay into a plaster of paris mould, them made a wax from this.
I think this is a composite of tin and nickle to avoid rusting, I had it powder coated in a shade of aluminium.

Restoring Coventry Coat of Arms-for the Old Court Rooms Coventry

Shield restored

Shield restored Rob on the right

I renovated this Coventry Coat of Arms, again it was a commission from a friend of ours Rob, who had his own business fitting unique ornate coving and other interesting architectural plaster work such as ‘light roses’ etc. Rob give me some very interesting commissions and restorations work that he would come across on the various jobs he would undertake. This Coventry Coat of Arms was commissioned via Rob, who in turn had the work from a builder who was restoring the Old Court Rooms in Coventry City Centre.  You can see from the original pictures that the Coat of Arms was broken in half. The original clay work had to be done from pictures I researched from other examples of the Coventry Coat of Arms, the horse was researched from anatomical drawings by such artists as Stubbs. The second challenge was to restore the paint work.

The Coventry Coat of Arms in Situ at the Old Court Room Coventry City Centre.

Fitted into place at the Old Court House, right next door to Coventry  Cathedral

Fitted into place at the Old Court House, right next door to Coventry Cathedral.
In this picture, below, we can see the original dirty colour of the Coventry Coat of Arms and the join where I have sculptured the horse that was broken away.You can see the line that the break takes and the restoration to the shield being put in place before the mould was taken.

You can see the line that the break takes and the restoration to the shield being put in place before the mould was taken.

The Peacock

I made this Peacock for a friend of ours Rob, who had his own business fitting unique ornate coving and other interesting architectural plaster work such as ‘light roses’ etc. Rob give me some very interesting commissions and restorations work that he would come across on the various jobs he would undertake. The Peacock was commissioned via Rob from a guy who had a swimming pool built into a ‘Dutch Barn’ I don’t know if you can see very easily from the photograph below but the original clay work had to be done at an angle, the Peacock doesn’t sit on a flat wall, but rather sits on two angles to accommodate the wall and part of the roof. The peacock is probably at an angle of around 170 degrees to the wall, so I had to build a wooden frame with the same angle to ensure the peacock would sit on the wall and part of the roof exactly when finished. The second challenge was to find a paint that would shimmer from the reflection on the water of the pool. You will see that some of the delicate parts were broken when the peacock was removed from the rubber mould, the original being made in clay, when rubber mould is taken from the final piece which is cast in a very hard plaster of paris, very often small fractures or small pieces are broken when the mould is removed, this is not a big deal, as it can easily be repaired in situ after it is attached to the wall and roof, all breaks are repaired painted over and the end product has no visible joints or repairs.

Peacock in made in clay

Private commission Peacock