My work as an artist began as a painter, a discipline I trained in at the Canberra School of Art. Some of my early work in painting focused on landscape and still life featuring various types of plant form. Later in my career I developed a passion for metal work, especially copper, and the fabrication of plant derived sculptural forms.
I have been working with reclaimed copper for about 10 years, sourcing old and discarded copper tanks from scrap merchants, rubbish piles and renovated houses. The copper items that I find with a well developed patina are my most prized, but they are rare. Where I am unable to source copper with this natural patina I manufacture it.
My fountains are created in my workshop in Canberra, Australia. The copper material is cut into shape and the various patterns and textures created by beating them with hammer and anvil. Once the components have been formed I assemble them and weld them together to form the final piece. Cleaning and sanding follow and at the end of the process each fountain is fine tuned to ensure the correct volume and spread of water is achieved.
I use a range of plant leaf forms such as lotus, arum lily and flute-shaped flowers to create a naturalistic arrangement of small pools and leaf planes. This arrangement is designed to direct multiple cascades of water and these cascades capture and reflect the light and combine to generate a falling water sound. My designs can be used as water features outside but, as the water is adjusted to trickle down gently without splashing, they can be installed inside as well.
I also produce a range of decorative ‘wall flowers’, sculptures, and vases and bowls.
You can see more examples of my work and some indicative pricing on my Annie Storey Ornamental Coppersmith website.
Annie Storey CV
Bachelor of Arts Canberra School of Art
1991- 1995 Commenced owner operated business Artisan
Trading out of Balmain and Glebe market selling
hand crafted jewellery.
1998 Exhibition at Altenburg Gallery
1995-2002 Moved to Braidwood and started making cast copper
jewelry and selling through boutique outlets and the Australian
2002-2004 Moved to Newcastle and worked in a blacksmiths
workshop in Carrington.. Started forging copper into water features.
Sold my work at Paddington Market Sydney
2004 Moved to Canberra
Australian Craft Show Sydney
2005 Australian Craft Show Sydney.
2006 Started selling at the Old Bus Depot Market Kingston ACT.
Installed installation into pond at Floriade.
2007-2010 International Flower and garden Show Melbourne
2007 Artisans in The Gardens
2008 International Flower and Garden Show Melbourne
2009 ABC Gardening Australia Show Sydney
2012 Artisans in the Garden
2010 -2014 Weekly display at Old Bus Depot Market.
2014 Floriade Canberra