Owen Crawford is a sculptor based in Co. Down. He trained in Fine Art Painting at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, Kent (82-85).
He has completed over forty public commissions in Ireland, north and south, to date, including work for the Health Trusts, Councils, HBO, BBC, WWT and the Woodland Trust. He has exhibited in venues throughout the country. Among these are; Armagh Museum, Ards Arts Centre, Castlereagh Arts Festival, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork and Seacourt Print Workshop
As a self taught woodcarver with over 25 years experience producing public seating and sculpture as well as domestic and private commissions, every project is an opportunity to learn and enjoy more of the qualities inherent in natural materials. Finding better ways of harnessing and presenting expression through the work is the challenge. Each piece becomes an observation of the physical world and the human relationship to it.
The course is designed to introduce students to the specific processes involved, and to boost their confidence and enthusiasm to take on new projects. Practising under supervision the skills required to finish any project you have.
As an absolute beginner you will be given the means to finish a piece of hand carving in the two days, yet those with experience should bring your own smaller projects for advice and encouragement.
Using bench and hand carving skills on locally sourced oak, the development of a design begins the process. Using marker, hand saws and drills the secured piece will then be hand carved with chisels. Knife work, chisels, rasps or sanding and polishing, as finishing, will be demonstrated. Themes and subject matter are entirely up to the participants although there will be examples of various origins to follow. Safety, tools and timber supplied, old clothes and energy required.
Some of the tutor's work
- Tutor's website: http://www.owencrawford.wix.com/owen-crawford-sculptures