The Making of a Perfect Garden exhibition in London
David Harber is an artist and sculptor and his work is inspired by science, art and ancient ideas. His work regularly wins awards and this year he received the RHS sundries Trophy at the Chelsea Flower Show for the fifth time.
David’s work is included in collections around the UK and abroad and his clients have included Dame Judi Dench, George Michael and Jeremy Irons.
One of my favourite pieces is the Torus, shown above and below. This piece is available in stainless steel or, as shown, half in slate and half stainless steel.
The piece below is called The Matrix and is made from bronze and stainless steel.
My favourite of all David’s pieces is the Mantle which is a sphere made up of bronze leaves, the outside represents the Earth’s crust. Each leaf is internally lined with gold leaf, representing the Earth’s molten core, which constantly glows when the light catches it.
Italian Terrace make hand finished terracotta oil jars, vases, statuary and plaques as well as smaller pots, spheres and other sundries for the garden. All their work is made using the finest Italian clay which results in a pale organic colour.
Each pot takes over four weeks to hand make using traditional press moulded techniques. The hand finishing gives the pots a beautiful weathered texture. Here are some of the pieces on display at the exhibition…
Gaze Burvill create top quality furniture for the garden. They are most famous for their beautiful oak pieces which not only look good, but are really comfortable too.
All the timber is sourced from sustainably managed forests in Europe and the beauty of oak is that it’s strong, beautiful and can be steam-bent to produce graceful curves. Here are a couple of the pieces on show at the exhibition…
And you can also see one of the benches in the picture of The Mantle sculpture above.
For more details of each of the pieces shown here, and to see the full collection of each exhibitor, please take a look at their websites (links are above).
(Photos: Lisa Cox)
Lisa has been connected to the outdoors since she was a young child and has wonderful memories of spending time in the garden with her sister and friends. She specialises in helping families turn their gardens in to an extension of their home - a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round. You can read her blog at blog.lisacoxdesigns.co.uk and follow her on Twitter @lisacoxgardens. Read more posts by Lisa Cox.
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