Savage exploits the malleable qualities of copper and aluminium where he uses the weld lines to cut and describe the form of his sculpture. The process of hammering and the conducted heat of the welding create the patina, colour and texture of the metal. Simple fish forms illustrate his skill at folding metal to create the natural effect of moving fish. On a much larger scale he designs complex garden sculptures of organic forms based on plants and their seeds.
Mike Savage studied at Camberwell school of Art before studying silver smithing at the Royal College of Art. He teaches widely including students at Camberwell and West Dean College in Sussex.
For this show he has created four new vessels that explore volume and form, form and function, and the animate and organic, using anticlastic and synclastic curvature beaten from sheet copper and welded copper. The flux and mutability of the forms belies the hardness of the materials. These sculptural pieces respond to traditional vessels for storage and cooking, observed on travels in India and Morocco. The vessels suggest they are to be picked up from the opening and the synclastic lip invites the hand. As he cuts, beats and welds the copper, the conducted heat of the welding creates a patina of colour and the texture to the metal, so the haptic is evidenced in the form.'
Mike has exhibited throughout the UK and completed numerous prestigious commissions including works for Sir Terence Conran. The Barry Friedman Gallery, Mr & Mrs G. Djanogly. His work is in the Crafts Council Collection.