Having worked as an apprentice thatcher, a potter and a mountaineer, his first endeavour was an armillary sphere, inspired by the ancient mathematical and scientific principals used in its creation. Perhaps it was written in the stars, for one of his ancestors, John Belgrave, was an Elizabethan mathematician and scientific instrument maker who spent most of his life just 20 miles from where the Oxfordshire workshop is located.
Following his first sale to Jeremy Irons, David’s career as a sculptor developed and his repertoire quickly expanded from sundials to sculptural designs. Free from the restrictions of latitude and longitude, he began experimenting with iconic water features and a variety of elegant and innovative sculptures.
The company now consists of designers, engineers and craftsmen, amongst others. David’s talented team practice time-honoured methods to bring his designs to life, whilst he continues to have a hands-on approach, particularly with bespoke commissions, from attending initial site viewings, designing and manufacturing in the workshop right through to the installation.
David Harber’s reach extends far beyond the UK and his sculptures are featured in private, corporate and public projects in Middle East, Singapore, the United States and Australia to name a few.
During his career he has undertaken many royal commissions globally, with his work being unveiled by the Queen Mother, HM Queen Elizabeth II, and HRH The Prince of Wales. He has also received two Queen’s Awards for International Trade, which recognise exceptional achievement in business and represent the highest honour that can be bestowed on a UK company. David is a six times winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower show Sundries Trophy, awarded for excellence of presentation, and his client list includes illustrious names such as Dame Judi Dench, David Walliams and the late George Michael. His work can be found both in private gardens and public spaces.
AI like to create contemporary, innovative, sculptures incorporating light, water and reflections. Using materials such as copper, bronze, stainless steel and stone, my design ethos celebrates unpredictability, illusion and the recurring patterns of nature. Each commission is handmade at our workshop in Oxfordshire