Beca Beeby

From a very young age I was drawn towards forged metalwork, perhaps attracted by the form & feeling reminiscent of the fairy-tale illustrations I so loved. When I at last got my chance to forge steel, copper & brass; to work directly with the metal, I discovered a real affinity with it & knew, aged 16, that this was my material.  More recent work has developed from considering a smaller scale, resulting in more delicate pieces built up in copper, graphite, porcelain.

In 2009 I finally began working with honeybees which has taken time and patience, allowing work at times literally to grow, organically, before I can continue with my part. This enables me to produce work which I hope portrays the intricate beauty of the comb inside a honeybee hive, the natural beauty resulting from organic growth and a need for economy and strength.  Despite having different starting points and entirely opposing methods of production, these newer pieces have a strong resemblance to some of my cast iron work, which is still evolving.

My work tends to sit precariously on that faint, wobbly line between ‘Art’ & ‘Craft’. My inspiration stems from many places: livestock and plant life found in my natural environment, particularly the tiny details - the curl of a new shoot, the structure of a seedpod, the hipbones of a dairy cow. My concerns over intensive farming and human’s impact on the environment also influence what I do. The work is not a direct interpretation of what I see, more an impression.My methods of design vary greatly. Be it long, hard, sweated-over sketches; midnight inspirations; or, often most successfully, ideas through what is termed ‘process led design’, but which I’ve always known as ‘playing’.

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