Category Archives: Abstract Sculptures

Cilcain Community Garden


Over the summer, members of the community worked together to convert the old school yard (adjacent to the Village Hall) into a shared area: Functioning as both a peaceful garden in which to reflect and pause for breath – and also a warm, inviting space to welcome visitors and locals alike.

It was agreed that this Garden would serve as the ideal location for my sculpture ‘Buddies’ – originally intended for the local primary school, Ysgol-Y-Foel. When walking through the village on their way to visit St. Mary’s church, or the Millenium Woods, the pupils are encouraged to ‘buddy up,’ and this was the inspiration for the piece.

The Garden is a tribute to much loved Community member David Johnson, one of the key figures in the regeneration of the Village Hall. A quotation from Victor Hugo can be seen on the wall.

The Garden itself was designed by local landscape architect Simon Richards, and was project managed by committee members Valerie Thompson and Phil Higgins.




“Buddies” the sculpture for Ysgol Y Foel is ready and waiting in the sculptor’s yard. It will shortly go on display outside Capel Gad pending the school being ready to move it to its permanent home. A better quality photo to follow shortly.





Chipping off the mould.

This gallery contains 12 photos.

The sculpture grows in the woods.


The final phase of casting the sculpture which is covered in the segments of moulds.



Viewing the work


Iliff considers the form of his commission created out of the core of a great tree.

Iliff and maquette-200057

Work progresses on a commission.

Here is a sketch of a commissioned work. The initial maquettes have been shown before.

Dry stone walls Jones July 2015 057

Studio sketch of the commissioned work as it could look when complete


Iliff and maquette-200074

The full sized version of the tallest piece in the group. From this a mould is taken.


Making the mould-1110108

Nick at work shaping the full sized model with clay prior to taking the mould. The first sections of the mould can be seen at the bottom of the picture.


Making the mould-1110125

The casting process begins.




Raising Teulu

The casting of the main body of Teulu complete it is lifted upright, Spring  2015