Jonathan Clarke joins us for FESTIVAL 2019

Welcoming Jonathan to show with us at Houghton Hall in our pop up called Festival
21 March, 2019
Jonathan Clarke, in his studio 2019. Picture by Paul Vater
Jonathan Clarke, in his studio 2019. Picture by Paul Vater
Jonathan Clarke works in sand-cast aluminium, initially carving his sculpture in polystyrene. This method relies on the destruction of the original mould as it is vaporised by molten aluminium. The result is an entirely unique, one-off sculpture.

The ‘lost polystyrene’ method adopted by Jonathan means that each cast is a unique, one-off sculpture. He slices through a block of polystyrene with a hot wire, carving individual components with which to assemble the finished piece. The polystyrene is then buried in special moulding sand before the pure, molten aluminium is poured in. The polystyrene mould is instantly vaporised, leaving the aluminium cast to solidify in the sand.


About the author

Paul Vater, Director of Contemporary and Country

Paul Vater

Paul conducts studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main C&C website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.


Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.