Mike 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.
The flux and mutability of his forms belies the hardness of his materials. Some of his sculptural pieces respond to traditional vessels for storage and cooking, observed on travels in India and Morocco. Others exploit the sculptural forms and the complex shapes and structures of organic segmentation in plants and seeds. The intrigue of the natural form is developed by an interest in industrial and engineered objects. As he cuts, bends 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.