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Wait & See - Staffordshre' Cats - SOLD

Wait & See - Staffordshre' Cats - SOLD

By Jim Pilston


Hand-built sculptures

Original artworks

Papier mache and mixed media

H: 31cm

W: 26cm

£225 each cat - available as a pair or individually


This floral feline duo were inspired by the children's book The Children of Green Knowe, by Lucy M Boston - a series of six children's novels dating back to the 1950s and featuring a fictional manor house and its supernatural occupants.


Of course, the duo is also based on two pottery mantelpiece cats, with a nod to Staffordshire.


Ceramic Staffordshire cats and dogs were manufactured in the 1740s-1960s in several different pottery factories. This pair is Jim's reworking of these sought-after animal icons and he has managed to sustain the tradition of each animal looking a little different, especially facially, to suggest an individual cat.


    After studying Theatre Design and Illustration, Jim worked as an illustrator for many years. Over time, his illustrative work began to emerge as three-dimensional pieces. Using papier-mache and mixed media, he explored folklore and legend – both local and European. 


    Ths style has now developed into a quirky and distinctive  sculptural style, based on narrative and clever characterisation.

    The work he creates is very instinctive: "When starting, I have a vague sense of an intended outcome but I begin working on a piece and just see who emerges. An angel, a devil, god or monster."


    The sources he draws on vary greatly but the stories, pictures, films and children’s television of his 1970s Cotswolds childhood are never far away.


    The materials he uses are, almost entirely, sourced within a mile or two of hs Stroud home. They are found materials that are repurposed and recycled. The paper is from the used paper recycling process, the structures are made from scrap wood and plastics, such as discarded estate agents signs and, in the main, the paints and varnishes are the incorrect mixes and “mis-tints” from paint manufacturers and DIY stores.


    "As an artisan, I get a thrill out of creating something magical, and perhaps sacred, out of materials that can be found in skips and bins up and down the country."

    Jim's work is exhibited regionally and is in numerous private collections.

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