Since gaining a first class degree in Artist Blacksmithing from Hereford College of Arts, Frederick has specialised in handcrafting a range of kinetic, sound and garden sculpture using traditional blacksmithing techniques in combination with contemporary fabrication and design.
Frederick recently established his own forge and workshop in Herefordshire, where he teaches classes in welding and forging, takes private commissions and continues to create his own sculpture.
Recent exhibitions include Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden (Surrey), Cotswold Sculpture Park (Gloucestershire), Canwood Gallery (Herefordshire), Borde Hill Sculpture Garden (West Sussex), Llantharnam Grange Gallery (Cwmbran), Doddington Hall Sculpture Show (Lincoln), Fresh Air Sculpture Show (Cotswolds), Found Gallery (Brecon), Biennial show of Blacksmithing Art (Italy).
‘Balance’ is a hand-forged kinetic sculpture that explores the interplay between balance and geometry. The central three components balance upon one another and are able to spin on a central axis, either propelled by hand or by the wind. In turn, these movements and realignments can alter the ‘balance’ of the composition.
Crafted from steel with a galvanised finish, the sculpture uses a combination of traditional blacksmithing methods and contemporary fabrication techniques. It is engineered to withstand standard UK weather conditions, working well as both an outdoor and an indoor sculpture.
‘Aeolus’ is a series of sound sculptures that are played by the wind. The sculpture’s sound is created when the wind blows across the strings, agitating them and creating a series of harmonic tones.
Based upon the concept of the Aeolian Harp, which originated in Ancient Greece, the Aeolus sculptures are designed as tools for reflection and are intended to be used as a medium for the audience to connect to nature and their environment.
The instruments are hand forged, using traditional blacksmithing methods in combination with contemporary fabrication. They are accompanied by a hand forged steel ‘slide’ to play up and down the strings, allowing the user to play the instrument together with the wind.
The sculpture also comes with two stands, as seen in the photos. One hand forged sculptural stand to hold the sculpture upright. The other is a series of pegs that sit on the ground, holding the sculpture horizontally for ideal playing conditions in the wind.