Simon Probyn


After a short evening course on basic welding at Holme Lacey college in 2011, I found it was something I could do and very much enjoyed doing. I haven’t stopped making steel items since.

After work and in my spare time I started making figurative pieces using found materials, mostly for close family birthday and Christmas presents. A friend asked if I would put a life size Billy Goat in an exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral; it was well received and from that I started getting commissions. I started putting my work in local exhibitions and sold enough to build and fully kit out my workshop. In 2013 I had enough on-going work to make sculpture my full time employment.

I take my ideas from childhood, the countryside and everyday life. Sometimes the materials themselves give me a concept. Recently I have done abstract work using large industrial architectural steels.

I get a lot of pleasure from people’s reaction to my work.