Sculpture, and in particular portrait sculpture, has been my passion and priority since retiring from full time work. I am not formally trained but owe a huge debt of gratitude to Luke Shepherd, a professional portrait sculptor in Devon, and a wonderful teacher, who mentored me for several years and gave most generously of his advice, knowledge and experience.

Starting with friends, who agreed to model, as a favour I moved on to paid commission. The traditional portrait cast in bronze is beyond most people’s pockets and probably too formal in many homes. I prefer the simpler finish of fired clay and there is a wide choice of colour and texture. And a fired clay finish allows for a more reasonable fee.

For me, one of the most important issues is the commissioner’s commitment and interest in the end result, making the challenge of capturing something more than a likeness all the more rewarding.

My website explains what is involved in commissioning a portrait.

I am always happy to show people around the studio and talk clay and heads! I live in the centre of Tanworth in Arden, a beautiful village near Stratford on Avon.

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Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders

01564 742406

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