Gislingham based artist brings recycled pipes to life with skill and creative vision.
An artist who turns copper pipes into flowers has seen his hobby flourish as a fledgling business since he began selling his creations one month ago.
Josh Duke, 24, uses recycled copper pipes before moulding them into to poppies, roses and scroll tags as part of his enterprise, called Tranquility Metalwork.
“Currently, I have the poppies and roses as my main designs but I will be creating more sculptures soon, with many people having requested other flowers,” he said. “Callas, lilies and toadstools are definitely in the pipeline.”
Mr Duke began his artistic journey by studying art and design at school and at A-level, where he learned about metal working and forging.
He continued to work with metal as a hobby, refining and learning methods of working metal, while studying for a degree in zoology and wildlife conservation at university.
During that time, he developed an interest in sustainability and recyclability, which has become a central theme of his new business.
“I pride myself on using as many recycled materials as possible in my work,” he said.
“I actually have a secondary business I’ve run with my mum since 2016 called Fairies of Tranquility, which has been really successful.
“We handcraft miniature houses, doors and furniture from locally foraged natural materials.”
Being the only pair of hands in his workshop, Mr Duke is happy to remain a small business for now, selling his sculptures for between £35 and £75.
“Perhaps the most difficult, and rewarding, aspect of creating art for other people is the requests for copper roses as a memorial or tribute piece for loved ones who have died,” he said.
“It is always a privilege to work with people on the design they want, but that is especially true under those very personal circumstances.
“I have been creating these pieces for many years for family and friends. Since I started selling to the public, the interest has been phenomenal.
“Several local businesses have contacted me making enquiries about stocking my work, which is amazing. I never thought it would take off as well as it has and I can only thank everyone for their support.”
For more information on the business, go online to www.tranquilitymetalwork.com.