TG @ FE
F.E. McWilliam Sculpture Garden
2 July Ė 30 October 2011
Thomas Glendon has a long established studio specialising in sculpture, letterform, ecclesiastical work and design in stone, wood and bronze. He learned the basic skills of his trade while working in his fatherís stone yard in Deans Grange, Dublin. After serving an apprenticeship with Michael Biggs, one of the best stone carvers in Ireland, he moved to Limerick in 1974 where he set up a workshop specialising in inscription, design and carving. Returning to Dublin in 1982, he established a workshop at Bray.
Describing his working process Glendon writes:
There are a number of procedures involved in the making of a sculpture, irrespective of the material to be used. The primary is sketching; laying down ideas and exploring concepts to key into a theme. The next phase is the modelling, whether in clay, balsa wood, polystyrene or wax or plaster, this may be a maquette or a working scale model. Material must then be sourced, if stone, this inevitably entails a trip to a quarry to look at the quality of the bedrock and choose a suitable block for the intended piece. Granite of superb quality is sourced at Walsh's quarry, in a Dublin mountain setting overlooking the city. Its unique size of mica and hardness makes it an excellent material for sculpture form and longevity when exposed to the elements. A great advantage in choosing stone at this location is the access to the beds of stratification to determine the best cutting way for the complex task of sculpting a work.
Glendon has exhibited throughout Ireland and the UK and is a regular contributor to the Royal Hibernian Academy. His work is included in a number of private collections in Ireland and abroad.
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