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The twins, Anna and Lily, are now 8 months old. They are loving Dad's toys, or shall I say familiarising themselves with them. Since my last newsletter, they have learnt how to sit unaided, and are quickly learning to crawl. It is funny watching them on all fours, trying to find first gear. At the moment they have mastered a slow reverse, but I guess once they find first, we are going to have our hands full. Next week I am booked to safeguard/ baby-proof the house with infant gates and trellises etc. We will also need to remove all items within reach, which worries me somewhat, as most of our earthly possessions are at baby level!

End of the limited edition for this dear fellow, Life-Size Potato Bass

I made the original back in 2002, and over the years produced 10 bronzes of this piece. In some ways I am going to miss his presence, and in others not. Finding suitable rocks for him to be based on has been my biggest problem. Not only that they are real back-breakers, but more so that they are extremely scarce! People would argue, ‘but there are thousands of rocks all over the place!’ The problem is, to find the right rock - not too big nor too small - relatively flat underneath - good looking and a number of other crucial things I won’t bore you with.

I fare you well my old friend! Perhaps in the not too distant future I will consider sculpting a new one.


I have just sent a batch of sculptures to the Seychelles. They are going to be displayed in  The Four Seasons Hotel, Eden Island and a new centre in Victoria called The Quadrant. I have established good relations with the Jouel group based in Seychelles who will be acting as my sole agent for the beautiful islands.
Here are a couple of pieces that are going to be added to their collection of bronzes on sale.
Leaping Sailfish
Bronze, 1.2m in length
Sailfish Study
Bronze, 61cm high
Granite base
Striped Marlin Maquette
Bronze, 26cm long
Clear Perspex base

Settling into the New studio

As can be expected when moving into a new home, it takes a bit of getting used to. But it has been well worth it. I now have a beautiful work space with ample light to inspire. The fact that it is close to some great coffee shops and a pub or two in Kalk Bay is definitely a bonus. Now that I’m settled I would love to show you around but please let me know beforehand.

Other works on display are by fellow artists, Arabella Caccia, Jean Tiran and Peter Strydom.
Above: Permit on Coral & Permit IV displayed in our new gallery at Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio.

Below the Potato Bass awaiting to be shipped to his new home.

Flying fish wall sculptures.

I have just sent a handful of my little flying fish sculptures off to the US. They are cast in bronze and have a stainless steel pin on the bottom of each fish to be able to secure them to the wall.

The nice thing about these little sculptures, is that you can make up your own composition, and add as many of them as you please.

They are still among my favorite little works, as they create the feeling of lightness and freedom. Also, I really enjoy the shadows they project on the wall behind them. What do you think?
Until my next newsletter, I hope you all have a fabulous time!

All the best,
Copyright © 2016 Chris Bladen Sculpture, All rights reserved.

Cell Number: +27 73 158 7355
Studio: +27 21 788 8736

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