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Catching up with our Student Sculptor 2017 winner

(Last modified: April 6th, 2018)

In May last year, metals4U launched our first student sculptor competition in association with Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The first prize was a place on ‘Brian Fell’s Midsummer Metal Workshop’ worth £270. The course ran over two days and was packed with demonstrations, advice and extensive access to metal and specialist equipment.

To enter, students had to be over 18 years of age and simply submit a picture of either their current or best sculpture or their design drawings to be judged by metal sculptor Brian Fell.

Jessica Smith, a student from York St John University, heard about the metals4U Student Sculpture competition from her tutors at university and decided to apply. Her submission was a piece titled, “Sticks and Tape.”

Sculpture made from sticks and tape by student Jessica Smith

‘Sticks and Tape’

The entries into the inaugural competition were all very strong and showcased a tremendous amount of emerging talent from students across the North of England. Brian Fell felt that Jessica’s entry really stood out by saying, “Jessica had the strongest application and we felt she would benefit the most from the course.” Jessica says she was thrilled to win the competition, especially as she had never entered a competition like this before, nor had she ever set foot inside a metalwork shop.

metals4U Student Sculptor competition winner Jessica Smith with Brian Fell at his Midsummer Metals workshop

Jessica attended the course in June 2017 under the expert tutelage of Brian Fell, George Fell and Owen Cunningham. Jessica found the course invaluable to her learning new skills, techniques and discovering the possibilities for creative exploration using metal.

The course began by introducing the students to all the equipment and a tutorial on how to use the tools with the materials available. The workshop attendees were then left to explore and experiment under expert guidance and with practical help always on hand. Jessica particularly enjoyed using the plasma cutter and learning how to weld. This is highly evident in the pieces she is now producing.

Jessica was brought up in Huddersfield; a large market town between Leeds and Manchester in West Yorkshire. Jessica’s grandmother, Kate Powell, is an accomplished artist and provided Jessica with her earliest introduction to technique and, perhaps more importantly, the appreciation of art in all its forms. On leaving King James’ School in Huddersfield where she studied textiles at GCSE, she enrolled on an apprenticeship in floristry. After a short while her growing interest in the formal study of art led her to enrol on an Extended Diploma course at Leeds College of Art. On successful completion of her course in Leeds in 2014, she relocated to start a fine art degree course at Bath School of Art. After a year, Jessica decided to return to the north and transferred to study Fine Art at York St John University. York has been a perfect fit for her as she has fallen in love with the city and the location works well for her to create and promote her art.

Jessica’s early work was focused on landscapes that were created on canvas or board by using mixed media such as rust particles, assorted fibres and, as she confesses, “Anything I could find really, just recycling anything I could get my hands on.” Jessica states the inspiration for her work comes from her love of the Yorkshire Dales.

Her work in sculpture also began by using anything she found lying around; sticks, canes, old broken paint brushes and truly random finds can all be recognised in her early work. Jessica is intrigued by balance and creates structures to see just how far she can push the boundaries to find the critical point just before collapse.

This piece, based on her submitted competition entry, was constructed on the Midsummer Metal Workshop using mild steel, however, Jessica is eager to try out weathering steel (Corten) to see just how the oxidation would change the look of her work over time.

Metal sculpture created by Student Sculptor winner Jessica Smith at Brian Fell's Midsummer Metals workshop

The work she produces now show her inspiration and motivation to demonstrate the transparency of the construction process as an integral component of the final piece.

These pieces have been made since attending the course and show how her metal working skills have flourished and developed to create stunning effects on sheet steel.

 

 

Jessica loves how she can use metal to depict the patchwork effects of the dry-stone walls and fields of the rural northern landscape.

Metal manipulated by Jessica Smith

Since attending the metal sculpture course, Jessica has had her work accepted to appear in several exhibitions.

In July 2017 her work was showcased in a charity exhibition in her home town of Huddersfield to help raise money for the homeless charity, “Huddersfield Change project.” In January of this year her work was shown alongside her fellow third year students in the “Arts and Draught” exhibition at ‘Brew York’ on Walmgate in the heart of the city.

Jessica is certainly gaining a lot of respect within the art local art world and has had several pieces of her work selected to be included in the “ Ones to watch” emerging artist exhibition at Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds, which is on until April 12th – it is well worth the visit to have a look at her work alongside that of another  thirty four  emerging artists. If you cannot make it to Leeds before mid-April, the degree show at York St John University that exhibits this year’s graduating students’ work, will be held in York from June 8th. Do pop along if you get the chance.

Within the next year or so, Jessica hopes to do a master’s degree to extend her skills and knowledge, until then, she intends to keep herself active with her sculptures by applying for the ‘emerging artist’ place on the Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s summer residency. If successful, she will get an opportunity to immerse herself for a whole month in developing her sculpture techniques. We wish her all the very best of luck with her future endeavours and metals4U are thrilled to have been involved in introducing Jessica to the world of creating art from metal.

To see more of Jessica’s work, check out her new website and Instagram portfolios.

Inspiring student sculptors

(Last modified: July 13th, 2017)

Earlier this month Jessica Smith from York St. Johns University was chosen as the worthy winner of our Student Sculptor competition. She took home an invaluable prize – a place on the YSP metal workshop with renowned Sculptor Brian Fell. You can take a look at how she moved her designs on to create a new and exciting piece here.

But it wasn’t an easy decision. Our competition brought a whole host of budding artists out of the woodwork. Here at Metals4U, we were so inspired by the level and quality of entries we had to share some of our favourites with you:

Sharon Thompson
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‘My steel sculpture is called “The Lure of Attachment” and is a discarded Mermaids tail. It is a story of transformation, how the lure of attachment, which is represented within the welded metal joins, can entrap us and halt our development.’

 

Hannah Duckworth
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‘My art looks at that most primordial of questions… working with the concepts of religion, redemption, preservation and alchemy I tackle this question. In my most recent work by casting lead into The Bible, a highly symbolic and holy book, I represent two opposing ideas, preservation and destruction of religion.’

 

Sam Copsey
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‘I am building a large scale insect-like sculpture from found objects and scrap metal, built upon a functioning off road go kart. The twist being that the initial static appearing sculpture comes to life when approached by the viewer.’

 

Deborah Sisk
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‘I made the sculpture for a nature reserve in the north east of England from nails and wood. Using various types of nails for the feathers I wanted to depict the harsh nature of the metal juxtaposed with the softness of the feathers.’

 

Connor Frederick Lowe
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‘I predominately focus on processes of compression, in which I force durable industrial materials such as steel and concrete to behave unpredictably. The stresses between these materials when compressed force them to change in appearance making them look deformed, reflecting my inner personal frustrations with aspects of my life that appear un-controllable.’

 

Megan Louise Ekberg
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‘The genesis of my structure is derived from my interest in architectural art. All buildings as I see them take linear proportions which I first noticed in old classical buildings.’

To see every entry we received head over to our Facebook page.

Learning from the master with Brian Fell

(Last modified: July 5th, 2017)

Our recent competition to win a place on a masterclass workshop with celebrated sculptor, Brian Fell, proved to be a huge success.

We saw a great response with dozens of fantastic entries, which made Brian’s job a tough one when it came to judging. But one entry stood out above all the others, and that was from our winner, Jessica Alice Smith. Jessica_Smith_1-entry

Brian said of her submission: “Jessica had the strongest application and we felt she would benefit the most from the course”. Here’s her entry that caught Brian’s eye:

My current practice works with themes of balance and fragility; primarily playing with the idea of building up each side of the structure to the pivotal point before it collapses. By doing this I am able to capture the greatest level of tension between the structure and its material.

Though the majority of my work utilises natural and found material, I would love the opportunity to expand this further. The metal workshop would give me the tools needed to push my structures further than ever before, and the opportunity to experiment with heavier, more durable material.
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Her prize was a place on the Midsummer Metal workshop that Brian and fellow sculptor, Owen Cunningham, ran in conjunction with Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Here’s what she said of her experience:

“At the beginning of the course, Brian and Owen ran through all the equipment and showed us how to use each piece. After this, we were shown in groups of three how to weld, including each having a go at welding a straight non-bubbly line.
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“The rest of the course was quite self-led. We were provided with all the materials we needed and were given the opportunity to experiment with any ideas or designs we wanted to pursue.

“Both Brian and Owen were really helpful with any questions, and stepped in to show me in more detail how to use the equipment when I needed it. In particular, I was given an extra demonstration on how to use the plasma cutter. I really enjoyed this tool and used it both to cut layers of metal into mountainous shapes for my landscapes, and also as a drawing tool”.
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Watch this space to see how this star of tomorrow progresses in her work.

To see all the amazing submissions we received as part of our Student sculptor competition head to our Facebook page.

Calling all sculpture students!

(Last modified: June 26th, 2017)

Are you a student who knows their alloys from their aluminium and their block scraper from their bush pick? Do you love discovering materials, learning new techniques and designing weird and wonderful sculptures? If you’re nodding along then we want to hear from you.

We’ve teamed up with Yorkshire Sculpture Park and artists Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham to give one lucky student a chance to win a free place on their workshop, Midsummer Metal, usually costing £270 per person.

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Brian Fell is known for creating amazing large scale sculptures in metal like the ‘Ha Ha’ bridge – specially developed for YSP. While Owen has worked with steel for over 20 years creating memorable pieces on display at the Ironbridge Museum and Telford.

The two-day course gives you the opportunity to get creative in a sculptor’s wonderland. You’ll have access to every tool you can think of and all the metal you could need, along with demonstrations, direction and advice from Brian and Owen.

All you have to do to win the prize is show us photos of your sculptures. It could be your latest masterpiece, a sculpture you’re particularly proud of, or your designs for future pieces. Maybe the one you’ll make at Brian’s workshop? Once you’ve got your entry photos ready, submit them here.

Entries are open now and the winner will be announced on June 1st. You have to be a student and over 18 to enter.

Good luck!

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Stephen Bunting competition day

(Last modified: June 27th, 2017)

Our competition winners join Stephen for a tournament to remember.

It’s not every day you get to play darts against a former world champion, but for five lucky Stephen Bunting fans we made it happen! On the 28th February we welcomed Stephen and our lucky competition winners at the Wetherby Metals 4 U branch to throw some darts and have some fun!

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After a spot of lunch and a meet and greet with the man himself, Ryan Matthews, Adam Naylor and his son Tai, Gary Williams and his son Lewis, got to ask Stephen any burning questions they had before putting him through his paces with an exciting afternoon of darts.

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First up was Ryan Matthews, who started off slow but brought it back hitting an impressive 180! Next up it was Adam Naylor, it was a close call but the MC’s word was final with Stephen announced as the winner. Closely followed by Lewis Williams, definitely a champion in the making with a sneaky 180 straight in. Stephen was hanging his head in shame after a 2-0 defeat, well done Lewis!

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Next we had Tai Naylor who got us all biting our nails holding Stephen to the closest match yet. Finally Gary Williams wrapped up the competition, but unfortunately didn’t have the same luck as 9 year old Lewis and walked away with a loss after hitting 141 vs Stephen’s 180.

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With some group photos taken, Stephen signed some dart boards for our youngest winners and gave out some booby prizes too! Definietly an afternoon to remember, many thanks to all involved for making it so enjoyable!

To see more photos from the day take a look at our Facebook album here - http://on.fb.me/1T2lmtD

Look out for our next Metals 4 U competition on our Twitter and Facebook pages. 

Have you heard that bird is the word? Win a chance to play darts against Stephen Bunting!

(Last modified: June 27th, 2017)

The World Darts Championship is over and we couldn’t be prouder of Stephen ‘The Bullet’ Bunting. He played a great first round with a 3-0 win over German player Jyhan Artut. And although he was knocked out in the second round, his opponent- the very experienced Raymond Van Barneveld reportedly said “he hit so many 180’s, I think I’m the lucky one tonight!”

In fact, he hit 15 180’s and topped the leader board with the most amount of maximums. It was only some huge checkouts from Van Barneveld that outshined his fantastic performance. He’s come away positive after an amazing experience, ready for the year ahead.

We thought we would kick off the New Year in style, and launch a competition for some lucky Stephen Bunting fans to come down to Metals4U Wetherby and play darts against the man himself. It will all happen on Thursday 28th January at midday.

All you have to do is copy family guy Stephen’s lead and shoot a short video of you doing the ‘Surfin’ Bird’ dance. Tweet it to us @Metals4U or post it on our Facebook page and we will pick our five favourite entries to win – competition ends 12pm Thursday 21st January & winners announced Friday 22nd January.

Check out Peter… I mean Stephen’s video below:

T&C’s * All winners must be available on 28/01/2016 and be able to provide their own transport to Metals4U located in Wetherby *  Subject to conditions, the competitions winners are entitled to a plus 1 guest * All competition rules and regulations are at the discretion of Metals4U and are subject to change at any time *

And the winner is…

(Last modified: June 26th, 2017)

Congratulations go to Peter Kealey who is the winner of our latest Tube Clamps competition. You can see his winning design below:

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Peter’s innovative idea for how to use the ever versatile tube clamp impressed both ourselves and our special celebrity guest judge Max McMurdo. It was by no-means an easy decision as we received some fantastic entries, the highlights are included in our previous post. However Peter’s design for a ladder base stabiliser really caught our eye.

As a prize, Peter now wins all the materials he needs to build his design, courtesy of Metals4U.

Congratulations Peter!

Our tube clamp competition reaches its judging stage – here are some of the best designs

(Last modified: June 26th, 2017)

A few weeks ago we launched a competition where you could win the metal materials you need to build one of your very own creations. We’ve received a variety of inventive project submissions, and now we have the difficult task of selecting a winner!

The competition was open to everyone and anyone. It had just one condition: that the designs you sent us showed how you planned to use tube clamps, along with some approximate measurements so we could understand the size and scale of your project.

We’ve enjoyed looking through the entries as they’ve come in, and we’ve been impressed with not just the ideas but the level of detail some of them have included.

Here we’ve listed some of the designs that are in with a chance of winning. This is Jilly Hatton’s impressive design for a modular climbing frame:

Jilly Hatton - Modular climbing frame

Mike Wood has come up with a wheelchair design that’s easy to manufacture, and which could be used in third world countries:

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Peter Kealey has put health and safety at the heart of his design, choosing to develop and build a ladder base stabiliser:

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Paul Davis has shown how he plans to use tube clamps to build this bench for his salon:

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Rusty Murphy has sent us this neat design of a floating bathroom cabinet:

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While Jen Smith has also submitted a precise design of a child’s climbing play frame:

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Thanks to everyone who has entered the competition. As much as we like them all, there can be only one winner – and we now need to decide who that is.

We’ll be announcing the lucky winner early next month, who will get the metal materials they need to make their idea a reality – and we’ll also make it available as a package for other customers at Metals4U to order!

Win the metal you need to turn your clamp creation into reality!

(Last modified: June 26th, 2017)

Today we’re launching an exciting competition where you could win all the metal materials you need to build one of your very own creations – and then have it featured on the Metals4U website.

Not only that, but we’ll also make it available as a package so other customers at Metals4U can order all the components together and assemble it for themselves.

What are the details of the competition?

A few weeks back we blogged about the surge in popularity of the humble tube clamp. Put simply, we’re looking for people to submit designs for projects that feature tube clamps.

Whether it’s a chair, a table, a bed, a bookcase, a clothes rail or a completely new invention, it doesn’t matter how big or small your project is – all that we ask is that it features tube clamps as part of its design.

How can I enter?

All you need to do is sketch your designs, which should show us how you plan to use the tube clamps, along with approximate measurements. They don’t need to be professional sketches, but if you want to provide us with a more detailed ones then you’re more than welcome! (See our example sketches below.)

Use your mobile phone to take a picture of your sketch and post it to our Facebook page. Alternatively you can post it on Twitter using the hashtag #M4Utubeclamps (and mention us @metals4U_uk) – and that’s it, you’ve entered!

 

When’s the deadline?

The competition is already open – so send us your ideas before the closing date of Friday 14th August to be in with a chance of winning the metal materials you need to make your idea a reality.

Once we’ve received all the entries we’ll assess them and pick a winner! So keep an eye on our website in the days that follow to see which creative customer will win the metal to make their project.

We’ll also be choosing runners-up who will get their project featured on our website as a package for others to order.

Rewarding the imagination

When you see a tube clamp, what do you think of? Send us your ideas of what you could build using tube clamps today and you could win the materials to build your vision and have it featured on our website!

Win a unique Metals4U bike to celebrate Tour de Yorkshire

(Last modified: June 27th, 2017)

This competition has now closed!

The Grand Départ was such a success that organisers were keen to replicate the feel-good factor (which did a lot to revive the bunting and yellow paint industries). So this year we have the Tour de Yorkshire – three days of cycling that will again attract some of the top professionals in the sport to race on our shores, taking in places like Bridlington, Scarborough, Selby, York, Wakefield and Leeds.

Sir Bradley Wiggins says he’ll be there. Not only that, he says he’ll be leading his own Team Wiggins development squad for the event, since he’s leaving Team Sky at the end of April.

We’ve been excited about this ever since the event was announced in September last year. It’s the first of its kind, so we wanted to do something special for it.

A bike like no other

We’ve made 40 bikes for people to display outside their homes, offices or any other building they like, as a show of support for the Tour de Yorkshire. It’s around 60cm high and 100cm wide – and a unique memento for what is, after all, a unique event.

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How to win

We’re not selling these bikes – we’re giving them away. So if you’d like to win one, all you have to do is let us know what Yorkshire means to you.

Tell us why you love Yorkshire – or show us in a picture – on Twitter by tweeting us @Metals4u_uk and using the hashtag #Metals4ubikes. Alternatively you can tell us what Yorkshire means to you by posting on our Facebook page.

We want these specially made bikes to be with the winners in time for the Tour de Yorkshire, which begins on 1st May, so please show us your passion for Yorkshire before Friday 24th April and we’ll pick our favourites and send the bikes to you.

The celebrations are already underway

Welcome to Yorkshire – who are running the event with Amaury Sport Organisation – have organised a Tour de Yorkshire Festival, which began on 1st April. It’s showcasing the county’s great arts through 200 exhibitions and performances.

If you want to know more about the race, visit the Tour de Yorkshire website. Welcome to Yorkshire have also made a rather cool video that shows the key points of the race from the air.

Around one million people are expected to watch the race along routes that total more than 500km (over 310 miles) – with plenty more watching on TV. Get your unique Metals4U bike and make sure you’re part of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire!

 This competition has now closed!

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*All competition rules & guidelines are at the discretion of Metals4U*