We’re delighted to introduce you to Andrew Bull and his wonderful World of quirky miniature sculptures. Andrew has been in business for over 36 years. His work is based around small figures and animals depicting the lighter side of life. Each piece is handmade in porcelain, being fired three times, firstly in a bisque, a glaze and finally a lustre firing.
Originally inspired by Heath Robinson cartoons Triple Decker Bus and Two Wheel Car , the figures have now evolved into their current form.
Read our interview with Andrew Bull below on to find out more...
1. Could you tell us a little bit about you, and how you came to start your business?
I`ve been interested in pottery from an early age (9), after deciding this was for me I attended (a bit later) a two year art foundation course in Grimsby followed by three years at Medway college of art and design in Rochester. Although trained in the tradition of throwing in the Japanese/ Korean styles it was here that I found the love of making small figures, influenced initially by Heath Robinson. I`m glad to say I`ve been potting ever since.
2. Where does your inspiration come from?
3. When you are not creating, what do you do?
Not a lot
4. What’s your favourite current piece?
The ten Balloon man
5. What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Trying to keep an old kiln from misbehaving
6. If you had one piece of advice to give other makers, what would it be?
7. Are there any particular artists or sculptors that inspire you?
8. Describe your work in 3 words!
Silly, Daft, Deep!
9. Without giving away any state secrets, what’s next on your design agenda?