If you ask Sean if he has a website, he will tell you that he doesn't even own a computer!
So "Hello" .......this is Helen telling you about his fabulous Works of Art.
Sean is originally from Bermuda and received his education in many countries.
He began making movable sculpture while living in London, England in 1971 and continues to this day.
Although he has lived in San Diego, California since 1985, for the past 12 years his sculpture is sold only once a year at a 2 week show in Austin, Texas. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar (see photo) has been part of his history for over 30 years.
Sean's Sculpture is always made of metal. Copper, Brass, or Steel. He fabricates everything by hand and his specialty is making Art that moves! You will notice wheels on all of his work and each piece has actions appropriate to the creation.
Helen has made velvet pouches and crochet ornaments for many years.
About 4 years ago she began making soft sculpture that she fondly named
Each sculpture is one of a kind, created from found and recycled objects. Every year a new group of people are chosen to name these fabric ladies and it's always fun to find new homes for them.
Eventually I will convince him to tell you more, but until then I will try to describe his techniques:
Sean's sculpture is very labor intensive. He makes every part of his pieces by hand. The metal is cut by hand and formed by hand. He works in Copper, Brass and Steel. The wheels are welded from copper coated steel. All joints are either welded or brazed so they much stronger than a soldered joint would produce.
He loves flying machines and makes a few one-of-a-kind winged pieces every year. He also creates a line of more affordable Fliers for the gift market.
Since the day I met him he has made animal designs. The first piece I fell in love with was a turtle whose head moved up and down and all four feet 'walked.
His history of critters has included a Cockroach and a Shrimp as the smallest examples and Elephants, Dinosaurs and of course Dragons as his largest designs.
They are always designed to be table sculpture and can complete their entire action in the length of a small magazine, so they don't require an enormous amount of space to be enjoyed.
Beginning in January 2012 you will be able to purchase anything he currently has in stock any time of the year. I will regularly update the site with photos of what is available.
Sean & Helen Ashdown
3663 Columbia Street
San Diego, CA 92103
Here are our little dogs Florence and Ed