I just received this lovely photo and note. What a privilege it is to make a living from creating things that make people smile!
'Hi David, my name is Margaret. My husband has bought me 'comfort food'. I am absolutely over the moon and he makes me smile whenever I look at him! I thought I would send you a picture of where he is in our house'.
Jim Kempton with the new miniature of his lovely Fairy
Introducing..... Vroom miniature! (36cm long x 24cm high) fresh from the foundry.
Vroom is one of my favourite sculptures but he's way to big for most peoples sideboards. I have a feeling that the miniature version will be much more popular.
A Drinker has become available. It is located in the US (but can be shipped) the price is $33,000 US Dollars (currently £20,400 pounds)
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
I love receiving messages like this!
David. Very exciting day.
"Comfort food" arrived very smoothly. Work colleagues very impressed.
Sculpture looks so much better in real life!!
Thank you so much for turning your imagination into something we can all share and cherish.
I look forward to smiling everyday for years to come.
Buy with bitcoins!
For a brief trial period I will accept payment for my bronzes in bitcoins. I don't know whether this is a crazy thing to do or not but I am fascinated by the concept and the more people who are willing to accept it, the more interesting it will become. Let me know if you have bitcoins and fancy spending one or two on a bronze sculpture.
The price will be set at the current exchange rate with a small discount as incentive to pay with bitcoin
A photo from my sculpture garden featured on 'Have I got news for you' last night.
Caption ' In a bid to counter allegations of ageism, the BBC have re-employed Percy Thrower on Gardeners World'
Sigh! Why can't these people come up with their own ideas?!
This turned up on ebay.
The opening event for our sculpture garden. A lovely afternoon spent with friends and previous customers. I was very honoured that some people had travelled several hours to visit.
The sculpture garden is now officially open to visitors. Please send me an email or call me on 07977 546087 if you'd like to visit.
Another one from the archive. This is 'Sneakweed', One of the mischievous garden goblins. He is bringing Japanese knot-weed to plant in the garden. I love the photo with my son Harry peeking over the plinth!
Today I met with police who had just raided a flat in Wantage.
VROOM IS RETURNED! :-)
A life study. I am regularly asked how I get my goblins to look so life-like. The answer is that it is not possible to invent convincing human-like characters without first spending a lot of time studying humans.
Me and my Dad. 1987.
'Fabiola' My first life size bronze.
Portrait of Jim Morrison. 1988
Another old favourite, 'The Drinker'. The original bowl had to be replaced, first with a shell and then with a leaf, because the water flowed down his arm and off his elbow.
Delving even further back into my archive now! 1989 at Madame Tussauds. My portrait of Yasser Arafat, from a sitting held at 3am in a PLO safe-house in Tunis. The chap with the gun was one of his security guards.
This was the sculpture that started my goblin collection! 'Snailmaker'. I created this intending it to be a one off project, just for myself. I had no idea what it would lead to.
My Sister-in-law Nikki was designing a garden for Chelsea Flower Show and asked if she could borrow it. It got a lot of TV coverage and people started calling and asking if they could buy it.
Please would you help me by posting this on your facebook page or sending it in an email? Many thanks.
If you have sent me a message and not received an answer, it's likely that you made a typo when entering your email address. I have had several email delivery failures recently. I wouldn't want anyone to think I'm ignoring them. If you haven't heard from me, please try again or email me at info(at)david-goode.com. Thanks.
Destruction of seized cheap Chinese brass copies of my sculptures. Thanks to Nigel Davis Solicitors.
Woodland Boy in lacy garment!
Another Isabel's Goblin miniature arrives at his new home! (Thanks to Cliff and Liz for the photos)
The mould for the giant base of the fighting stags!
I HAVE BECOME AWARE OF COPIES OF MY SCULPTURES BEING SOLD AT AUCTIONS, ANTIQUE FAIRS AND ON EBAY. SOME OF THEM EVEN HAVE MY NAME ON THEM! IF YOU ARE UNSURE, PLEASE SEND ME A PHOTO FOR AUTHENTICATION BEFORE PARTING WITH ANY MONEY.
The Ferryman at Sotherby's
Here is a blog entry from a customer. It reminded me how privileged I am to do what I do.
Finally finished the first mould!
The 'back garden' of my 2012 Chelsea Flower Show exhibit
I have teamed up with driftwood artist James Doran-Webb. We are going to cast this amazing sculpture of two fighting stags in bronze.
Starting work on the mould
The rubber complete. Now adding the first layer of resin
A long time ago in a sculpture school far away..... :-)
The final image of Vroom!
Amazon Goblins lined up for Patina tests
Second casting of Mermaids ready to leave the foundry
Aiya doing the patina on Amazon Goblin at Artworks Foundry
Mick and I having just completed our Chelsea garden in 2010
The real Gnome Hunter!!
Mermaids leaving Chelsea
VROOM! Ready for patina!
All parts welded.
Looking up at the happy jester
The real Snailmaker!
Bronze parts for my latest sculpture 'Vroom!' fresh out of the ceramic shell.
At the foundry with my latest work
With Chelsea Flower Show rapidly approaching, here's a photo of my site from last year.