April 2018

Jim Francis

At Bedford Art Society’s talk on 6th April a lively audience enjoyed hearing about the techniques Jim uses to make his sculptures. Very small animals. Ones a large child could sit on – and stroke. Ones to amuse visitors. Each one individually sculptured and later covered in metal and resin to withstand weather and almost anything thrown at it.

He wasn’t able to give a full demonstration as it involved heat and the possibility of fire. But he gave a good account of how making them was done, how long it took, how labour-intensive it was. Right from the beginning there were numerous questions thrown at him and he fielded them with care and humour.

His jobs throughout his life were many and varied but in later life he has found an outlet for his artistic talent – and thereby gives much pleasure to those who buy his sculptures or receive them as welcome gifts.

Pauline Brown