“Flying the Flag” in Reading

Flying the Flag, stainless steel public art piece

Flying the Flag – 5m Worton Grange, Reading

Last year I was commissioned by Kier Properties to make a landmark sculpture at Worton Grange to compliment my Reading Gateway sculpture already situated across the road on the busy M4 J11 entry to Reading, Berkshire.

Reading Gateway – 2000

In 2000, I designed and made the sculpture “Reading Gateway” for Reading International Business Park. Designed as a landmark statement to enhance one of the main entry points into Reading, this takes the form of a dynamic figure stepping forward into a bright future.



With that original design in mind; I looked at the new sculpture as being on one of the main exit points for Reading. I therefore wanted to focus on Reading’s output.

Sketch for Flying the Flag

Over the years this has taken the form of Cloth, Iron, Brewing, Biscuits and more recently technology, services, education, food, music to name but a few. Here the gateway has metamorphosed into a banner heralding Reading’s success.

“Flying the Flag” was installed at Worton Grange ,Reading in October 2018 with the help of a very big crane.  So nice to see it in place, the culmination of several months work and almost as long in the planning.



McCloy Group commission three sculptures for their offices in Australia

This year I shipped three sculptures out to Australia.  The life sized sculptures have been commissioned by the McCloy Group to be sited outside their new office buildings in Newcastle, New South Wales.  The first, a cyclist based on Mark Cavendish, the second a female long jumper and the third a sprinter exploding out of the start blocks.  They are due to be installed in early 2018.

Clare Bigger – Interior and Garden Sculpture: an exciting new exhibition at Bohun Gallery

6th May 2017 marks the start of an exhibition of Clare’s work at Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, showcasing her interior and garden sculpture which will appear alongside paintings by Scottish Artist Shona Barr. It will be an exciting and vibrant show which runs until 3rd June.


“Osprey catching a fish”


For a sneak preview of the show,  CLICK HERE

Sculptures on show at The Big Plant Nursery, Twyford – Henley Arts Trail


Pictured at the Big Plant Nursery, Twyford as part of Henley Arts Trail

One of Three Sculptures on show at The Big Plant Nursery, Twyford, Berks- Henley Arts Trail.

The Sculpture Show @ Curwen Gallery – A sneak preview of sculptures that I’ll be showing

Curwen Gallery’s Sculpture show runs from 2nd – 25th February 2017. Twelve sculptors will be showing their latest work.  Here’s a sneak preview of mine.


A trip down memory lane! The year 1993, the starting point – a mini.


A friend recently reminded about one of my wilder projects, back in 1993 – converting a mini into a hippo.

Donated as a rebuild/challenge project by Adrian, i don’t think he envisaged seeing his former pride and joy transformed into a hippo.  Exhibited in London at the Mall Galleries, Oxfordshire and Lancashire, she traveled up and down the M6 several times, not under her own steam but kindly assisted by the RAC (turning heads as she went).

Trophies for Clitheroe Grand Prix

Clitheroe Grand prix trophyFor the  first time in 10 years, Friday 3rd June saw Clitheroe Town centre transformed into a race circuit.  It was a tough course complete with hills and potholes.  Richard Paige at the Green Jersey commissioned me to make the trophies for the three races.  Although very fiddly, I loved making them and  was pleased with the results.

Riders at Clitheroe Grand Prix

Youth A & B riders ready to set off.

Clitheroe Grand prix trophies

Clitheroe Grand Prix trophies

Making the Gallowglass Warrior

4 metre high Gallowglass Warrior on N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass, Co Roscommon

Gallowglass Warrior on N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass, Co Roscommon

For the last few months the workshop has been dominated by the 4 metre high Warrior.  This is my second collaborative project with artist Paul Regan who came up with the original concept.  The design evolved into what is now the Gallowglass Warrior.  The Gallowglass were a class of elite mercenary fighters who came from Scotland between the 13th -16th centuries to fight for Irish chieftains .  The name Gallowglass comes from the Irish gall óglaigh which means foreign warriors. Five such warriors settled along the river near Ballaghaderreen.

Gallowglass maquette and frameworkAs ever building my large sculptures starts with a maquette(scale model).  I then create a framework which will work like a skeleton to give strength.  I then use sheet stainless cut into strips to describe the muscles and clothing.   I have worked on the sculpture with it lying down, periodically lifting it to an upright position to check that it’s right.  building of gallowglass warrior 1

Sword     gallowglass warrior in the workshop    20160527_120533

The sword was made by one of the blacksmiths at Trapp forge and is 3 metres long.Last week the sculpture left the workshop on its journey home.  It was installed on the N5 Ballaghaderreen bypass , Co Roscommon, Ireland.  Thanks to the fantastic group of guys that helped to install him.



I recently completed and installed a new commissioned garden piece.  I’ve been so pleased with the result of having the disk mirror polished.  It adds an extra dimension to the sculpture with the added reflections from around the garden.  Can’t wait to see the garden finished too.

Life size figure with mirror polished disk

Life size figure with mirror polished disk


Cycle Sport Pendle, Chairman’s Award 2016

Cycle Sport Pendle, Chairman’s Award presented on 12th March 2016 to a very deserving and talented young rider – Georgia Ashworth.

Chairmans Award for Cycle Sport Pendle

Chairmans Award for Cycle Sport Pendle