Miss. Spent-Youth

This series of work is inspired by my family and growing up on an arable, dairy farm in Dorset. My family have always shot, my father, grandfather and great grand father were all at different times on the British clay pigeon shooting team and owned shooting grounds. My father ran traditional game shoots in the U.K. and across Europe. I grew up shooting particularly long range target rifle, my first job on leaving school was as a gunsmith. This family connection continues in the creation of these pieces, as I use either my grandfathers rifle, or my fathers pistol and ammunition made by my father or myself, the shooting of the waxes is again either by myself or my father.

Each piece is unique as a wax is shot and then cast in glass with each mould being single use. Some waxes are casts of blocks of wood, others casts of baked bean cans, both object which had been targets in my youth. The rounds used are either .38 ACP, 22/250, or 6.5 Creedmoor.
Once cast in glass and cold worked I then gild the bullet holes with 24 carat gold leaf.

Photo: Simon Bruntnell.
Matt black glass and 24 carat gold leaf