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Claudia Petley

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 


I have been working with metal for over twenty years, making functional and decorative items, using traditional methods. Predominantly I work with mild steel, forged, fabricated and welded. I also make repousse pieces in copper and incorporate them with forged steel.

I have recently started to concentrate on more sculptural forms, particularly animals. I build up a series of templates from sketches, to cut out of mild steel. These are then beaten and shaped, forged and welded.

I love the process of developing the three dimensional piece that I have in my mind onto the workbench. Taking flat lifeless steel and creating something tactile, capturing the essence of the creature; the curve of a beak, the sweep of a wing, a craggy claw.


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Artwork for Claudia Petley

Repousse lizard

Copper Bird in loop, garden stake

Spaghetti Chickens


Red Kite

Swallows studio

Barn Owls

3 Leaf Sculptire

metal sculpture

Leaping Hare

metal sculpture

Flying Owl


Kimbolton near Leominster
For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Making keeps me sane. Creativity feeds the soul and hopefully gives others a spiritual lift, a smile.

CV & Education: 

1987-89 apprentice to armourer blacksmith in Cornwall

1989-90 Metalwork and Design course at Hereford Technical College. Awarded distinction

1990-91 Restoration Metalwork at Hereford Technical College, awarded Student of the Year

1992 Demonstrated at ABANA conference for blacksmiths in California, USA

1992 Established studio/forge and Metalsmiths with partner Paul Shepherd

Exhibitions and Commissions include:

Lion and unicorn for Kensington Palace gates

Salts Estates, Saltaire – private collection

Showborough House Sculpture Garden

Summer Delights, Court Barn, Chipping Campden

Oh Wise Owl, Beningbrough Hall NT, York

Practice & Activities: 
Studio practice. Working towards exhibitions, private commissions and developing new ideas. Occasional workshops.

2017- Coast to Countryside, Blue Ginger Gallery, Malvern

           Showborough House Sculpture Garden, Showborough

           Summer Delights, Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden

           Birdfair, RSPB, Rutland

           Oh Wise Owl, Beningbrough Hall NT, York

2016- Peace of the Wild Things, Blue Ginger Gallery, Malvern  

            Palace Artfest, Bishops Palace, Hereford

            Birdfair, RSPB, Rutland

2015- Beast and Beauty, Blue Ginger, Malvern

          Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair

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