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William is currently working towards a one man show at John Martin Gallery London, February 2018. Please contact us if you would like to be invited to the exhibition -  info@williampeers.com

Short film

There is a five minute film about William and his approach to making sculpture. The film was produced for the John Martin Gallery for his exhibition ‘Carving in Marble’ in 2014.

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Marble buying

William buys his marble from Italy or Portugal. He spends a few days at the quarries with the stone merchants, picking over the yards looking for suitable blocks. There is a huge variation in price depending on the quality and size of the block. When he started out, William would fill a lorry with marble from the scrap heap: blocks that were commercially useless but fine for carving. Now he looks for blocks that fit the exact size and colouration he requires.   

Marble quarry, Estremoz, Portugal. Photo by William Carey

Once the stone is chosen it is cut and then put on a train, or lorry to be transported to Cornwall.  The maximum weight of stone that William can handle is 6 tons – the weight that two forklifts can raise together.

Unloading marble in Cornwall

Sculpture in Sweden

Last year, ‘Orbit’ travelled to Sweden to take part in Udden Skulptur 2013. This exhibition took place in an old stone quarry on the shores of Hunnebostrand, on the west coast of Sweden. It was an international exhibition featuring eleven artists from six countries around the North Sea: the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany.

Orbit at Udden Skulptur 2013

 

Articles on William Peers sculpture

Perfect English Farmhouse, chapter on William Peers “Perfect English Farmhouse” by Ros Byam Shaw and Jan Baldwin

Published by Ryland, Peters and Small, 2012

“We shape our buildings, and afterwards they shape us,’ said Winston Churchill, arguing for the reconstruction of the old House of Commons, which had been destroyed in the blitz. It’s a quote that sculptor William Peers finds especially appealing.”

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Cornwall Today, article on William Peers, sculptor “Organic Matters” by Alice Westgate

Published in Cornwall Today, April 2010

‘‘I like organic surfaces,” says William Peers. “Curved surfaces are soft and easy on the eye, but square shapes and sharp corners seem too harsh.”

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Day-96n-PS “Day 96” by Charlotte Hobson

Published as the catalogue introduction for the '100 Days: Sketched in Marble' exhibition, April 2010

"8 am In the chill blue light of a January morning, William Peers’s workshop lies under a layer of white dust. On shelves and laid out on the floor are the sculptures created on days 1- 95; around them tools, children’s toys, a bicycle - all of it transformed by dust, whitened and stilled..."

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Country-Living-PS “Labour of Love” by Sue Gilkes and Polly Wreford

Published in Country Living, November 2008

"A patient approach and an ability to turn his hand to traditional skills has enabled a sculptor and his family to restore a Cornish farmhouse with sensitivity and style…"

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