Michael Glasspool has always carved, but since taking early retirement from a career in medicine he has been able to work full time on his sculpture. He is largely self taught but has been fortunate to work with several sculptors from whom he has learnt his mould making and casting skills. Ideas for his sculptures can come from anywhere but he does not draw them, preferring to go straight to modelling. He first produces an accurate and detailed representation of the subject in wax or clay.This is then pared back until only the essence of the subject remains. Some distortion away from reality may occur in order to achieve the right balance between line and form.
Most of his indoor pieces are smaller than 12 inches tall to fit on the average shelf. They are cast in bronze or Jesmonite – a water based resin – with added marble, slate, bronze, iron or pigment dyes. This material when set is very hard and can filed and polished.
For outside he casts in bronze, bronze resin or polished concrete.
He exhibits through the East Surrey Sculptors Group and takes part in the South East Open Studios each June as well as other local art exhibitions.
He now has work in private collections in Europe, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Visitors are welcome to see his studio and gallery by appointment.