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Andy Hopper FWCB

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Sculptor Andy Hopper FWCB
Andy Hopper

About Andy Hopper

Andy has a real passion about Energetic Form and has been obsessed with that from a very young age. The Hot Forging process gives him the freedom to fully manipulate the material in a very fluid, yet controlled way. Inspired by naturally occurring ratios and proportions. Core mathematics and a love of physics are a constant in his work. Andy designs and creates high end Contemporary Forged Sculpture. His speciality is Hot Forging and Forming of Stainless Steel and Bronze. He has made numerous architectural pieces but is now focussing purely on his sculptural work. `My ongoing concern is the building blocks of creation. Space and Physics, and the Miracle of Life. `Andy is a true creative and that is evident in his work and attitude. Blacksmithing truly has found a new star that will continue to rise, one with old world values and a progressive, contemporary approach - a rare quality indeed. Andy`s creativity and knowledge will inspire you and I have no doubt his work will exceed all expectations.` Quote - Lewis Ashenden Website Designer / Creator at Ltd.
Sculptor Andy Hopper FWCB
Forging Tool Steel Spring Swages under the 2cwt Ai

Exhibition History of Andy Hopper

• Butser Farm. British Artist Blacksmith Association (BABA) Exhibition 2008
• BABA Exhibition and Agm at Westpoint Exhibition Centre, 2014, Devon, England.
• New Forest Show, Dorset, England. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015.
• Salisbury Contemporary Heritage Craft Fair 9,10,11 Sept 2016
• Exhibits at Hatch Gallery, Christchurch, Dorset, England
• Battersea spring Affordable Art Fair 2017

Forging Under the 2cwt Air Hammer

Biography / CV of Andy Hopper

Andy`s earliest memories of his fascination with metal started at around the age of 4 years old when he asked his mother on the way the school to go into the industrial ball bearing shop to buy a large one. Transfixed with the shiny metal objects, the relationship with the material was crystal clear and his fate was sealed. He was an artistic child and then went onto Hounslow college of Art and Design. Sadly, after a year at college his mother died and this caused him to leave college. After a few years of finding his feet, Andy had became friends with some people who were living in horsedrawn carts. Never scared of jumping in at the deep end, Andy bought a horse and cart and took to life on the road. This was the beginning of the next very formative chapter. Already an Artist, this lifestyle was the catalyst to starting his career as a Blacksmith. The grandson of a blacksmith, iron courses through his veins. The intention was to become a Farrier, to shoe horses, but Andy`s artistic drive was too strong and with the need to create Art, coupled with his creative will, his intention to be an Sculptural Blacksmith was unshakable. Andy learnt a lot by himself in the early years. Desperate to be apprenticed to an established blacksmith, but at that time it was extremely difficult to find someone who could offer an apprenticeship. Extremely driven and undeterred, Andy worked on with very crude equipment. Through consistent hard work, passionate ambition and probably blind obsession, Andy is now an accomplished Sculptural Blacksmith, but still with a youthful thirst for learning, humility and respect. He has since worked for Master Blacksmith Iain Whitefield, Somerset, England. Supreme Master Blacksmith Brian Russell, County Durham, England. Andy is an International Blacksmith. He was assistant to Supreme Master Blacksmith Michael Roberts FWCB at Memphis Metal Museum, USA in April 2014. The conference was specifically focussed on the forging of non-ferrous materials. He also demonstrated Forging Bronze and gave a lecture on the design and manufacture of `The River Flows`.

Gas Torch adjustments to the Tulip Sculpture

Artist Statement of Andy Hopper

Andy Hopper designs and creates high-end contemporary forgework. His speciality is hot forging and forming of stainless steel and bronze. Sculptural and Architectural Design. He is currently working on a new collection of work. `I am a Sculptural Blacksmith. Process fascinates me. The movement and manipulation of hot metal becomes poetry when approached correctly. I use an armoury of equipment to heat and manipulate this very stubborn material, Metal. I predominantly work with stainless steel, as it attains a beautiful, permanently bright finish. Through the use of large industrial machinery, power hammers, hydraulic presses, forges and furnaces and a thousand other tools. I heat, cut, join, bend, forge and deform. It could be said, I reshape the metal using the physics and the very forces that control the universe. This is the fascination and magnetic pull I have towards the material and the potential that it possesses. I am honoured to be part of such an ancient craft. My work is unique by my approach to the forging processes. By using extreme heat, explosive force and skill, I execute my will over the material. My work displays these forces that went in to produce it`. Andy makes sculptural pieces and also works on a commission basis. Each design is totally unique. Winner of the highly prestigious TonyPandy Cup 2014 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths for the Stainless Steel and Bronze staircase handrail, `The River Flows`. The Globe Theatre Gates in London also won this Award in 1995. Andy is an International Artist. He was assistant to Supreme Master Blacksmith Michael Roberts FWCB at Memphis Metal Museum, USA in April 2014. The conference was specifically focused on the forging of non-ferrous materials. He also demonstrated Forging Bronze and gave a lecture on the design and manufacture of `The River Flows`. `My ongoing concern is the building blocks of creation. Space and Physics, and the Miracle of Life. My mission statement is to create Artworks that are tactile and physically beautiful that will stand the test of time`.

Awards and Prizes of Andy Hopper

• Master Blacksmith
• FWCB Fellow of The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths
• Winner of the highly prestigious TonyPandy Cup 2014. Awarded by WCB for the Stainless Steel and Bronze staircase handrail, `The River Flows`. Holder this award for two consecutive years.
• TonyPandy Cup Award Judge 2015 for WCB 2015.
• Double Grade Distinction at Hereford National School of Blacksmithing June 2008.
• Best Student at Hereford National School of Blacksmithing 2008 Associations:
• Vice Chairman of the British Artist Blacksmith Association 2015/2016
• Member, Society of Designer Craftsmen (SDC) 2015/2016

Public Works of Andy Hopper

`The Queens Tulips`. Southampton, Hampshire, England.

Qualifications / Education of Andy Hopper

FWCB Fellow of The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Andy Hopper

Article in `Artist Blacksmith` and `The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths` magazines on "The River Flows`. August 2015 editions. Articles written by Andy. A breakdown of the working processes used to create this stunning masterpiece. A very honest view into Andy`s personal life and approach towards his work. Columbia Metals have used `The River Flows` as a case study presented on their website.

Teaching Experience

Bronze Forging and Polishing Masterclass with Andy Hopper. With guest lecture by Ian Moody, Metallurgist with Columbia Metals. At Andy`s studio, 8th October 2016. New Forge Barn Parley Green Lane Christchurch Dorset BH23 6BB Andy Hopper covered the subject of heating and forging two different types of bronze, primarily Coldur-A Silicon Bronze, which is used in the architectural and sculptural disciplines for its aesthetic and physical characteristics. Andy also demonstrated the final polishing of silicon bronze. Ian Moody gave an in depth two-part lecture on the metallurgy of bronzes and also talked about fabrication, patination and the interaction of bronzes with the environment. ‘The class is not about beginners or advanced. The same fundamental core principles of forging apply to whatever level one is at. It’s how these principles are implemented that differentiates one smith from another. It is all the same. Cutting, bending, forging, forming and joining. It’s an all inclusive class to demystify and familiarise smiths with the hot forging of forging grade bronze. We are fortunate to have Dr. Ian Moody, Metallurgist for Columbia Metals, who will be presenting a two part lecture on the theory and I will be demonstrating the practical. I will be using a furnace in unison with a digital thermometer to accurately measure the critical heat required when forging bronze. I will also be using tooling under the hydraulic press and power hammer to forge the section. This is not a dumbed down class, but there will hopefully be something to learn for all levels of professional blacksmith alike.`

Influences / Inspiration of Andy Hopper

Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Early Picasso, Barbara Hepworth, Andy Warhol, Carl Blossfeldt, Nature`s hidden codes. The physics that binds our Universe.

Price Range of Work

Andy Hopper's work has a price range from £5,000 to £66,667

Commissioning Work

This artist accepts commissions.
Andy regularly works to commission. This process opens up and allows a very create personal service. A symbiotic relationship is forged and the client receives an artwork that is truly specific to them and their requirements and needs. The artwork will be absolutely site specific in style and scale and will be designed as part of the larger space in which it will sit. This creates a harmony of art and space.

Mediums utilised

Andy Hopper's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Andy Hopper's work is found in the following categories on site:
Stainless Steel Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture (8)
Organic / Abstract Sculpture (5)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (5)
Foliage Leaves Carvings Sculpture Statues (3)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (3)
Abstract Plants Fruits Trees Leaves Flowers Statues Sculptures (3)
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue (2)
Angular Abstract Modern Contemporary sculpture statuary (2)
Column Pillar Columnar Stele sculpture statue statuary (2)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (2)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (2)
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues (2)
Public Art Sculpture
Flower sculpture statue
Square Rectangular Cube shaped Abstract sculpture statue
Surrealist Sculpture
Outsize Big Large Fruit Flower Plant sculpture statue statuaryGarden Ornament
Stylised Birds Sculptures / Statues / statuary / ornaments figurines / statuettes
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary
Water Birds / Water Fowl / Seabirds / Waders
Wedding Anniversary Gift or Present Sculptures Statues statuettes
Spherical Globe like Ball shaped Round Abstract Contemporary sculpture statue statuette
Poolside Sculptures
Happiness / Joy / Exuberance / Wild Pleasure sculpture
Arte Nouveau Style Sculptures
Seed Nut Pod Grain Mast Fruit Stone Pip Pit Cereal sculpture statue statuary Carving Casting
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"The problem of contemporary sculpture and the garden is one which has rankled in my mind for years. It is usually resolved through a process of inversion-that is turning it into sculpture in the garden as against garden sculpture. By that I mean the sculptor takes over the garden as an open exhibition gallery, of which the focus is their creation, to which the world of nature merely provides the frame.The Idea that sculpture is a contributory element to an overall'mise en scene',in which, sometimes its role may be incedental rather than central, has been lost.In this we have seen the betrayall of the great tradition of garden sculpture, one which was unashamed at being decorative or delightful."
Sir Roy Strong
Customer comment on 'Egret on Alert (Standing Water Bird Wader sculpture)' by Kenneth Potts
Ken, Peter

Thank you both, and especially of course Ken, for your trouble over the
egret sculpture. I am very glad to say that it is now installed in our
garden, and we are delighted with it. Lucy has decided it should be called
Elgar, in memory of the work you are currently doing, Ken.

I attach a couple of pictures showing Elgar the Egret on his stand and in
his setting above the rockery by the pond.


Tim, Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom.