Paul Margetts
   Sculpture and Metal-Work

Field House Farm
Worcs. DY9 9SS
07784 770900

Artist Profile : Paul Margetts

From 1975 Paul served a traditional four-year blacksmithing apprenticeship near his Worcestershire home before travelling extensively overseas. His time was spent working metals in several countries, including three years training rural smiths in Zimbabwe.

In 1988 he returned to Britain and studied Art and Design at Birmingham Polytechnic before setting up Forging Ahead at his studio-forge in Belbroughton.

Paul forges and fabricates steels and non-ferrous metals to his own innovative designs using both traditional and modern techniques. His main interest lies in the design and manufacture of sculpture for exterior location, either for civic sites, public parks or private gardens. His work also includes indoor functional sculpture such as fire baskets, bookends, candlestands, clocks and lighting as well as larger outdoor pieces such as sundials, weathervanes, gates, fountains, bridges, and garden furniture. Paul has over forty years' experience in designing and forging metals.

His public commissions include park and street sculptures and he has recently installed a large sculpture of three flying geese on a traffic island on the A5 at Belper, Derbyshire (5 metres high). Paul won the competition to design and make new gates for Worcester Cathedral. Work has also been commissioned by Hereford and Worcester County Council, Chester City Council, Tameside MBC, South Staffordshire District Council, Birmingham City Council, Centro Transport, South Hereford District Council, Wrekin District Council, Groundwork, British Waterways, Birmingham Womens Hospital, Wolverhampton Business Airport, and many others.

Paul's work is exhibited in galleries in England and Wales and has also been exhibited and sold at The Barbican and Sothebys. He has won several awards for his work. His pieces were included in the Crafts Council supported "Fe" exhibition that toured countrywide.

Recent commissions

* Family group sculpture, 1.75 ton and 4 metres high, in forged steel, for a town centre location, Lancashire. Commissioned by MAB (UK) Ltd.

*Large sundial for staff garden Cabot Plastics, Manchester

* Half-tonne, 4-metre-high floral sculpture based on Rudyard Kipling poetry for a new public park in Ashton-under-Lyne. Commissioners: Tameside M.B.C.

* War Memorial for Remembrance Gardens, Denton, Lancashire.

* Entrance sculpture and feature railings for Bescot Station, Walsall. Commissioned by Centro Transport

* Ballustrade and staircase railings for new Golf Centre Clubhouse, Bromsgrove, Worcs.

* Worcester Cathedral Water Gates - a pair of forged steel gates, 3.5 metres high and 2.4 metres wide.

* Decorative playground entrance feature commissioned by Wrekin District Council

*"Arrows" sculpture for new school. Commissioned by Hereford and Worcester County Council.

* 5 metre high "Flying Geese" sculpture on traffic island on the A6, Belper, Derbyshire.

*Village Green Gates, Floral gates with scythe motifs to celebrate the village’s industrial history. Commissioned by Belbroughton Parish Council.

* Sculpture and seating for new Peace Garden, Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

* Gates, and feature sculpture for canal restoration project, Ashton under Lyne.

* History Post, 4 metre high sculptural entrance marker for new housing estate, Telford

* A series of sculptural windvanes for a playground in a Birmingham nursery school.

* 6 m high, Entrance Sculpture "Up and Away" for Wolverhampton Business Airport.

* New entrance gates for Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

Paul Margetts

Field House Farm, Dark Lane, Belbroughton

Stourbridge, Worcs DY9 9SS. UK

Tel:07784 770900


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