Garden Art by British Artists

One of the many enjoyable things about putting this website together is having the opportunity to find and then meet some really great people. The whole purpose of FiveTwo is to provide original and unique sculpture to go in your garden. So we have avoided the mass produced outlets used by some suppliers and instead went out to look for the real thing.

And what a nice task it was too. They are all such nice, friendly, down-to-earth people who all have a remarkable skill to create something really wonderful.

They've all had different careers but most of them now work full-time, trying to earn a living doing what they love. Creating. Coming up with ideas, then using their skills to turn those ideas into reality. I know that I couldn't do it which is another reason I admire their work so much. I do hope, that if you choose a piece of sculpture from this website, you will at times think about the work, love and attention that has gone into creating it.

Kara Sanches

Who

Hi, I'm Kara Sanches artist, sculptor, and mother

What

I create abstract forms in clay which are cold cast in bronze resin. But I also enjoy working with wood, iron, paper and ceramics.

When

Sculpting is something that I began at school and continued at North Oxfordshire College and School of Art.At this time I also worked at LS Sculpture Casting for my father and was surrounded by a wide variety of sculptures that I was able to work on. I moved to London and completed a degree in Interior Design before working as an Interior Designer. Shortly after moving to Brighton I rekindled my interest in sculpting.

Where

I am now happily based in Brighton within sight of the sea.I love everything about it and really try to evoke that emotion in the sculptures that I make.

Why

As I live on the coast I cannot help but be motivated and captivated by all that it is. I like to watch the waves and differences in the tides. You can't help but to pick up a pebble, rub it in your hand and then throw it into the sea as far as you can. There are shells and seaweed washed up on the sea shore, mixed in with drift wood and tumbled vegetation all being swept along by the never ending tide.

It is all this and more that I try to evoke when sculpting. When I began making these sculptures, I set out first and foremost to enjoy the whole process of creating the curves and trying out different patternations using the clay, sometimes adding grit and sand found on the beach.

I am always thinking about my next sculpture but taking my time to really think about what I want to achieve. I do a great deal of pondering and looking, collecting images, photographing and making moquettes before I can begin

Joe Szabo

Who

Hi, I'm Joe Szabo, I used to be a stained glass maker, now I'm a glass artist and I love my job!

What

I use beautiful pieces of stained glass from specialist makers and then shape them and mount them in steel frames. I was delighted to be listed as a prize winner as Surrey Artist of the Yeat 2011.

When

It all started over ten years ago when I was on holiday in Croatia and someone I met needed help in turning over a large glass panel. When I saw it, it was love at first sight. I returned home, did a course and set up my business.

Where

I was born and grew up in Hungary but moved in 2008 to the United Kingdom, the country of fascinating hedges, chimneys and stained glass art. I work in a workshop near Reigate, Surrey.

Why

I am not very good with writing about my work. I prefer for the work to speak for itself. But I am very lucky because I love what I do and I intend to continue working with glass, preserving this country’s traditional glass art and, also, hoping to make my own modest contribution to British contemporary glass art.

Karen Edwards

Who

Hello I'm Karen Edwards. I have always loved to make 3D objects, sewing and knitting from childhood, but followed my other passion – languages – for my first career in business. Parenthood then enabled me to attend pottery classes, and I’ve been hooked ever since

What

I enjoy working with clay which gives me the means to combine, express and enjoy my interest in plants, landscape and texture. I focus on making sculptures and planters for garden use, firing them to stoneware temperature so that they are frostproof. Colours are soft, natural and muted, intending to complement plants rather than compete with them.

When

I started making thrown domestic ware at evening classes, then discovered handbuilding as part of a pottery course at Bridgwater College. I now make most of my work using coiling, slabbing, pinching, modelling and carving techniques. I have always been interested in gardening, and this, together with the influence of the Somerset landscape, has a bearing on my work.

Where

Originally from London we moved to North Somerset in 1988 and are now almost considered as locals! I have a small studio at the Barley Wood Walled Garden in Wrington a very tranquil place to work with stunning views across the Mendip Hills.

Why

My main influence is nature. I have always been interested in gardening, and this, together with the influence of the Somerset landscape, has a bearing on my work. A leaf, a feather, a stone; a seed, a bulb, an egg; each has such beautiful form and intrictate detail. They inspire me to create.

Jim Milner

Who

Hello, I’m Jim Milner - a Yorkshire based sculptor, mathematician and retired shepherd.

What

I make contemporary but classical abstract geometric sculptures, carved from sandstone which I source from local quarries.

When

When I was sixteen, I found a rusty old stone chisel and a lump hammer in the garden shed and wandered out into the garden to find a stone to carve. I put my left hand on the stone and drew its outline in pencil with my right hand and set myself the task of carving it. During the next forty years, I made my living as a shepherd, briefly as a maths tutor and lastly as a garden landscaper and designer, carving stones as a side-line. For the last three years, I have been a full-time sculptor

Where

I live in Thurlstone on the edge of the Peak district in a cottage that my family has owned ever since it was built in 1846. Although I was born and brought up in France and Germany, my home has always been Yorkshire and have always been based in this beautiful area. I work from my home - a tranquil cottage garden, with streams and ponds fed by a natural spring.

Why

I draw my inspiration mainly from natural forms, Celtic and Norse art and architectural details. I am drawn to abstract sculpture and increasingly to abstract geometric forms. I fell in love with solid geometry during my last year as a mature student at university in 2002 and have studied it ever since. These days, my compass and straight edge are as likely to be found in my workshop as in my study.