International honour for Bath architectural sculptor Timothy Richards
An expert model maker has been internationally recognised for his work, which has been enjoyed by Royalty and Lord Mayors.
Architectural sculptor, Timothy Richards, has won the Arthur Ross Award for Artisanship and Craftmanship from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in America.
For 25 years Mr Richards has carved himself a global reputation for a bespoke skill that has captured people’s imaginations with world-famous landmarks.
Mr Richards, along with his eight members of staff at their workshop in Widcombe, sculpts British Gypsum Plaster into models of iconic buildings such as The White House, The Capitol Building, St John’s College Oxford and 221b Baker Street.
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The models come in various sizes and dimensions, and are used as awards, diplomatic gifts, public displays and as historical replicas.
Works range in price from £75 to some installations costing more than £100,000.
Mr Richards recently saw some of his work tour the United States as part of an exhibition made in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architecture to celebrate the work of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.
He said: “It is wonderful the award came from this organisation who support classical architecture but also innovation in design and architecture.
“What we do is still extremely niche. No one else does this type of work in the world that we know of. It’s very specific work and a good example of the best English craftmanship that people seem to be returning to.
“Most manufacturing is on large scale or in the Far East. England had traditionally very strong design led manufacturing businesses and that has been dramatically whittled away but Britain still has a great name for the making of quality work and we represent that type of English business.
“It’s great to be found and to be celebrated.”