Roger Hardy - Suffolk artist

Sunday, 16 June 2019


The outside of the studio is getting consumed by finds too.
I need to build an extension on the side to create some more room. Will give it a clear roof and windows on the north side. A project for the end of summer when I have a bit of time.

Monday, 10 June 2019


Here is a recent find on the beach at high tide in Aldeburgh. A well worn piece of bone.
It is easy to see how Henry Moore was so inspired by such finds on Norfolks beaches.
I remember seeing a pile of his finds in the maquette studio at Perry Green last year. The natural world has so much inspiration of course, and always seems to provide the answers to form.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019


Not sure what theses are. Found them on the beach today at Aldeburgh.
Are they ray skulls, or other type of fish.
They are lovely forms, strange to find 3 in a short space along the tide line.
I did see a few dogfish washed up too which was sad to see.

Longest one is 6 inches.

Sunday, 5 May 2019


Had a very interesting 'in conversation' event at Gallery East yesterday with fellow artist Jane Human. It was a full house. Always good to give context and process to work and people engaged fully, with lots of questions and comment which was great.

Saturday, 20 April 2019


Here are some elements in the studio. Collected over time. The bottom piece is an elbow from an old fishing boat in Aldeburgh. A nice find over the Easter period.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019


Here is an area of drying wood that I have collected over quite a period of time. It can take a few months to dry the larger pieces. When they are nearly dry, I select some pieces and bring them into the studio for consideration. Not all pieces make the grade, but most seem to have their place.

Friday, 12 April 2019


Had a good afternoon collecting material at my 'outdoor studio' on the River Alde. Hadn't been for a few weeks, so I found several very interesting pieces. All now pressure washed and will be stored in the outdoor area of the studio to dry out slowly. This process can take months.

Always inspiring being out in the landscape. Lots of wildlife, sounds, smells and fresh air.

Thursday, 11 April 2019


Here is my selection of ground earth pigments.
Adding depth and natural colour to my work.


Here are some detail photos of a recent sculpture in progress with 4 layers of different art pigments.

Monday, 1 April 2019

AMBER and other finds...

Had a good morning on the beach and walking in Dunwich Heath. Had some good finds.
A very luck piece of amber. Plan to set off for a late afternoon beach walk today too, while the sun is still out. Fingers crossed for some more interesting finds.

Friday, 22 March 2019


Here are some detail photos of a recent sculpture in progress. Building up layers of earth pigments. Picks up the detail in the texture of the sea worm holes that pepper he piece of wood. I think it is a piece of old oak. Probably a fragment of ships timber. It is very dark, suggesting it has been on the sea bed under mud for a long time, until the recent storms on the East coast.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Here is a large winged figure, Guardian Angel. It has a wing span of over a meter. The two pieces of wood that create the figure were both found on the river Alde at low tide. Worn beautifully over a very long period of time. Many tides carving the forms.
I will be showing this piece along with others at the INK festival in April, at The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk.

Sunday, 17 March 2019


This is a new small sculpture of a mother and child. It is a piece of black oak wood that was washed up on the high tide at Aldeburgh. After all he stormy weather we have been having I had a good morning collecting elements. Sadly there were a number of Dogfish washed up. Beautiful fish and a sorry sight to see. I did collect a number of interesting pieces of wood which are now slowly drying out, ready for consideration in new work.

Mother and Child. 12cm high. Exc. base.

Thursday, 14 March 2019


I have 4 new sculptures showing with a gallery in Battersea, London, called Knight Webb. Great to be showing work in a vibrant, creative part of London.


I will be showing some new sculptures at the INK festival 2019 @ The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk. 12th - 13th - 14th April. It is a really exciting programme of theatre and the arts.

This is a link to the website...INK | INK Festival 2019

Tuesday, 12 March 2019


I am getting together a growing group of small figures. Four inches or smaller. All different types of wood. And one in bone. I have recently found some really interesting pieces of bone, washed up on high tides.
I will be expanding the grouping of small figures. They have a power that goes beyond their size, and they are becoming an intimate reflection of my exploration of the human form.

Thursday, 28 February 2019


A very bright and sunny morning at my outdoor studio yesterday. Collected some interesting pieces of wood. I also collected a big bunch of seaweed. Thinking that I may incorporate some in plaster when building up a figure. I like the idea of using the material found at the river to help create the form. Will let it dry out first, and see where it leads me.

Thursday, 14 February 2019


This is a new small sculpture. Mother and child. Form becomes very interesting when it is peppered with holes. By chance the holes on the smaller figurer describe the features of the face. This is nature at work, and a happy accident. I will be working on more figures using this sort of starting point. Will be interesting and a challenge to translate into bronze at some point.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019


Had a good walk yesterday. Coastal erosion is uncovering all sorts of material. Here is an old paving brick, perfectly worn into a sculptural head. The eyes are mortar left in the recesses. Thought it looked very like a Brancusi sculpture. Think I will mount it on a teak base.

Thursday, 31 January 2019


Early morning sunlight casting a warm glow on a recent couple sculpture...


Here is Caroline Wiseman with a sculpture I donated to Alive in the universe. Take a look at Carolines website for more details.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019


Very busy in the studio. Lots going on and lots of new pieces of wood to contemplate. Working on groups of figures at the moment. Would be good to have more space.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019


I am currently working on a series of figures using coastal wood that has been eaten by worm. Pieces of ships timbers in oak, reduced to a series of honey comb pieces. Creates a very interesting dimension where the holes become as important to the form as the oak itself.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


Good walk yesterday at Snape, along to Iken. Very strong light with dark clouds giving dramatic contrast. Pablo enjoyed it and I found two pieces of muddy river wood.

Sunday, 13 January 2019


Yesterday I had a good morning at the river and along the coast collecting small pieces of wood. I want to build up a collection of small figures to mount together in a collective group. Lots of sorting and drying to be done.
As there have been some very high tides recently and quite wild weather I managed to find some very interesting pieces.


I have added to the series of fragment figures. All pieces of wood gathered at the river. All one type of wood. The dark wood making a contrast to the plaster bases. I would like to cast a series of these in bronze some time. With bright polished bases and dark patinated figures.

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