Posts tagged: Ashwinstudio

Self-Build New Art Studio – part 2

By , 12/06/2017 3:00 pm

Before I started the studio self-build I sat down and worked out what I wanted in the building and how I would position electric sockets. Top of my list was somewhere to store my art materials, also my CD and vinyl collection and a deck to play them on. It had to have good lighting but too many areas to loose heat, so opted for wide patio doors that face north and then lots of sockets so I have the option to switch from mood lighting to daylight bulbs for painting. Another necessity was heating and I set my heart on a log burner – although this would mean a compromise on space.

Another part of the planning consideration was height – it had to be within the permitted height of 2.5m. I spent a lot of time drawing plans on scaled graph paper and double checking material sizes. It was bit of a learning curve and a lot of watching YouTube about various construction techniques.

Images below show the build developing – the sub-floor has gone down and now the walls are going up:

Constructing Art Studio walls

Three of the garden room walls are up

Next, we stapled a breathable membrane to the OSB cladding, then nailed vertical battens to allow airflow (with angle cut to the base of each to direct moisture away) and then it was time to put up the roof joists.


Perhaps the worst job of all was cutting and fitting the insulation – it get everywhere. Below I have insulated the walls and now nail-gunning the roof boards:



Fish Sculpture Commission

By , 07/10/2012 9:52 am

I created this fish sculpture after I was commissioned to create a sculpture to celebrate a 6th wedding anniversary. The wife wanted to gift the sculpture to her husband who has his own stocked lake where he frequently fishes. And although he fishes for a range of species one of his favorites is the carp (Cyprinus carpio carpio). I made a number of sketches and decided to go with the stunning mirror carp variant that was originally bred by monks, centuries ago, to have less scales for the diner plate. Some of the mirror carp have a row of large scales running along the lateral line which I decided to use six scales either side to depict celebrate their 6th wedding anniversary. After settling on final sketch, having received final approval from the client, I scaled up the drawing with chalk directly onto my workshop floor and set about creating the fish sculpture. I am pleased to say both the husband and wife are very happy with the final sculpture.


Siting sculptures at Kingham Lodge

By , 05/10/2012 1:44 pm

A rainy day siting my recycled metal sculptures at Kingham Lodge sculpture exhibition.


Chair of Reflection – Sculpture in the Sanctuary

By , 07/26/2011 1:52 pm

Chair of Reflection on display in the glasshouse at Sculpture in the Sanctuary.


Sculpture in the Sanctuary 2011

By , 03/28/2011 12:16 pm

I am delighted to announce that I will displaying a number of my metal sculptures in the Sculpture in the Sanctuary 2011. The ‘Sculptural Showcase & Extravaganza’ runs from 23rd July – 29th August 2011.

To find out more visit


Happy New Art Year

By , 01/17/2011 1:22 pm

Been a long time since I last blogged, it’s not that I have not been busy but more the case that I have many works on the go but they are either not finished or the weather has not really been good enough to photograph: Or when it was I forgot the camera!!

December was very frustrating and I must admit I struggled to get much done. With temperatures reaching -8c metal is not the easiest material to work with and then only really with gloves. It was also far too cold to paint or lacquer sculpture or furniture, even car wax was unusable. So the last few weeks of warmer weather has been great and things are really moving on and I hope to get some pics of my new work up very soon.


Lost and Foundry Exhibition – Cambridge

By , 07/23/2010 9:44 am

My exhibition titled Lost and Foundry will be held at the Williams Art Gallery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge and will feature sculpture and furniture all created from found objects and recycled materials.
Lost and Foundry sculpture and furniture exhibition Cambridge


Modern Bench designed by Ashwinstudio

By , 07/08/2010 1:15 pm

Here is a new photo of the V-Bench designed by Ashwinstudio in collaberation with artist artist Loukas Morley. Created from reclaimed girder off-cuts and discarded mahogany draw runners.


Body Sculpture – Sculpture created from reclaimed metal

By , 12/07/2009 2:45 pm
Body Sculpture - Sculpture created from reclaimed metal

Body Sculpture - Sculpture created from reclaimed metal

Body sculpture viewed in artists garden

Body sculpture viewed in artist's garden

Detail shows the title on the weight

Detail shows the title on the weight

This metal sculpture is created from reclaimed found objects. The legs and feet are cut from an old plough, the hips and pelvis are parts from a old van and a tow bar. The base is a an old iron weight, from a weight lifting set, salvaged from knee deep mud and took a lot of cleaning to get through years of rust. It was fun welding as I had to heat the iron first then butter weld with specialist arc rods before I could attach the foot and leg.

The weight is has the words ‘Body Sculpture’ as part of the casting which I used for the title of the sculpture. constructed from found objects. This was one of the very first metal sculptures I constructed.


A new metal sculpture – Les Liens Familiaux

By , 10/20/2009 8:02 pm

I have finally completed a new metal sculpture from all the scrap metal and car parts I have been collecting and recycling. It is titled ‘Les Liens Familiaux’,  it stands about 6ft high and is fabricated from metal tubing that I bent and welded and scrap engine and car parts. Many of the parts move and the family members can be positioned in many different directions. Moreover, depending on whether the figures are facing inwards or outwards the sculpture takes on a very different meaning…

Les Liens Familiaux

Les Liens Familiaux


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