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"I am fascinated by casting metal. Every piece presents a new challenge, first aesthetically, to meet the needs of a commissioning client, or my own demands following thematic interests and projects. Second there are the technical problems getting a sound wax made, ensuring that the pouring gate will get the molten metal to every corner of the form, and that the venting system functions so as to not allow trapped gas flaws. And without fail, no matter how often I do it, there is the adrenaline buzz created when handling the thousand degree molten metal. Finally the aesthetic considerations return during the long and careful process of finishing, polishing, patinating, creating the surface that must complete the work."
Gordon Lochhead patinating a bronze cast in his studio
(photograph: Lorna Graves)
Born Keith, Moray, 1950. Schools: Keith Grammar and Gordonstoun. Graduated from Essex University, 1970, BA Physics; postgraduate in Education Bath University 1973; studies in sculpture Bath Academy of Art, 1972-5.
Established studio-foundry in Wiltshire, 1975; set up in Galashiels, Borders, 1979; Fife 1994.
1993-94 Built new studio and house in Fife ( Self-build project involving extensive redevelopment of old farm buildings ).
1994 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to Japan, 8 weeks studying traditional metalwork.
1996 GB Sasakawa Foundation award funded visit to Japan.
1998 Elected to membership of Japanese Casting-artists Association
1973-93 Work shown at various annual exhibitions of:
Royal West of England Academy, Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute
1978-81 Sloane Street Gallery, London
1981 "Nine Scottish Artists" Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University
1981 One man show at KES Gallery, Edinburgh
1986 "Contemporary Scottish Crafts" Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
1988 Cleveland Craft Centre
1988 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (With Borders Craft Assoc..)
1990 "Living with Sculpture", Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow
1990 "Eurocrafts", St Olave Centre, Chester
1991 "Alchemy", Portcullis, Newcastle.
1995 One man show at Pittenweem Festival
1997-8 Shoreline Gallery, Aberdour
1998 "Sano Renaissance" Sano Bunka Kaikan, Tochigi, Japan
1999 "Imono no Katachi" Japanese Casting Association, Takaoka City Art Gallery, Saitama Gallery of Modern Art, Tokyo
2000 "A Tea House for the City" The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2001"A Tea House for the City" Central St Martins School of Art, London
1984 Borders Regional Council: Plaque commemorating twinning
1987 The Royal Navy: Centrepiece, "Edinburgh Castle" in silver
1987 & 88 Scottish Post Office: 3 trophies for sponsored events
1988 Silver statuettes for Royal Scots and Royal Highland Fusiliers
1990 St Boswells Parish; St Margarets Chapel, Edinburgh: Church plate
1991 The Royal Navy: Centrepiece, Seascape with submarine
1991 Hamilton & Inches Ltd (125th Anniversary): Eagle Owl Wine Cooler
1991 Queens Own Highlanders: Centrepiece, Four Statuettes in group
1992 Queens Royal Irish Hussars; Two silver statuettes, also bronzes
1992 & 94 St Andrew & St George Church, Edinburgh: Lectern & candlesticks
1992 Edinburgh District Council: Relief panels for entrances to refurbished blocks of flats
1994 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders: Silver Statuette
1996 Golf trophy for Loch Lomond International Challenge
1997 Horse-race trophy for Equitable Life.
1999 & 2000 Scottish Enterprise: Lamps for "Elite 20" Awards
2000 Edinburgh Castle (again!) Silver Centrepiece.
2001 Arch in stone and bronze
Living in converted farm steading in Fife, Scotland with psychiatrist wife and two mad Springer Spaniels.
Working on the development of CAD/CAM methods, to make use of the power of modern technology in association with the tradition of casting.
"The iconography of small cast metal sculptures"
"Computers and Art Casting"