Tim Pugh

Environmental and Mixed Media Artist

Month: September, 2016

“SS Izaro “.

“SS Izaro”is a temporary mixed media drawing sketched onto a wooden groyne at St Bees beach in West Cumbria.The artwork was made in memory to the beaching of the merchant ship ,SS Izaro  over a hundred years ago on the rocks below the Cliff.There were no casualties and the Spanish crew camped out on the rocks for many weeks afterwards. The ship was laden with iron ore destined for Maryport and was eventually wrecked as it’s back buckled due to the weight of its cargo.Hence,for the drawing I used iron ore sediment and charcoal. The artwork also has an element of humourous intent with the triangle sign warning of shipwrecks ahead. I enjoyed creating my own sign and had some favourable comments from passers by.Not even sudden rain or splinters in my fingers spoilt the creative experience. 

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“Clay Makers /The Ledge Of Fame “.

“Clay Makers /The Ledge Of Fame ” is a temporary installation created for the Ceramic Wales event at Glyndwr University, Wrexham at the start of September 2016.I created several artworks over the weekend using various clays, kiln prop furniture and other related materials. This artwork is made up of pressed imprints of guest ceramic makers invited over especially for the weekend. I painted ceramic iron ore laden mud,brought down from Cumbria, over the palms of participants and invited them to press their hands onto card so as to print their own ‘signature ‘.The card was then pressed into balls of clay, themselves mounted plinth like on a window ledge of the Art college.I collected five hand signatures and enjoyed the participatory element to the process where the artists had the opportunity to contribute in creating a joint artwork. It was a very enjoyable weekend where I relished the opportunity to experiment with the various materials. It was also a melancholy experience as I was working back at my old Art College I attended 30 years ago.