Mel, by Flusso I, at on form 16 with attentive visitors
Mel Fraser has been creating contemporary stone sculpture from her studio outside Cambridge, UK for more than 20 years. It is with great pleasure that we can announce that she has been accepted as a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors so she can now put the letters MRSS after her name!
With the quite exceptional circumstances we all find ourselves in at the moment, it is unclear when Mel’s work will be able to be viewed in person during 2020. Various Art Fairs have been cancelled as has Cambridge Open Studio. As of now the redoubtable women who run on form 20 are planning a virtual exhibition through their web site where a host of Mel’s newest pieces will be able to be viewed and or purchased.
To find out more about more about Mel please visit The Words page and to start viewing her stunning contemporary stone sculptures go to The Work.
To plan a visit to her studio please have a look at The Studio section of the web site.
To discuss availability of pieces, prices, commissions or a visit to the studio, please go to the Contact page or copy and paste email@example.com into your email programme.
Mel’s studio is 5 miles east of Cambridge and can be visited by appointment.
Image by Stefanie Reichelt
Mel’s work on the Angie and Will’s Hanoi Art House stand at the New York Affordable Art Fair April 2017
on form 20
With the world as it is at the moment, on form 20 has had to be held as a virtual exhibition with all the sculptures being able to be viewed on line only.
For this year’s show Mel has fused together some recent themes to produce a body of work specifically for on form 20.
Her theme of Creation:fireiceandtempests can be seen below and at the links above.
Cerchio di Fiamme I, statuary Carrara marble, work in progress (WIP)
for on form 20
Genesis I, alabaster, detail
La Tempesta IV, English alabaster
Ice Twist II, selenite
Due to the quite exceptional circumstances the planet finds itself in at the moment, Mel has relocated her studio to her garden hence Mobile Artists’ Studio at Home or M*A*S*H
She is currently working on three Cerchio di Fiamme (Circle of Flames) pieces, all carved from the most beautiful statuary Carrara marble.
This is the smallest one, at 80 cm high and all three will be available through the on form 20 virtual exhibition and web site
Mel’s Open Studio 2019
Every July Mel opens her studio to the public as part of Cambridge Open Studios. Set in the idyllic grounds of Herring’s House outside Cambridge the studio is open from 11-6pm on Saturday and Sunday and contains more than 40 examples of Mel’s stunning contemporary stone sculpture.
Fiamma, Carrara marble
Flash!, Moroccan marble
Come and view over 40 of Mel’s works for both exterior and interior display
Euros, Carrara marble
Young Tao, sandstone
Gaia, Indonesian champagne onyx
Beaulieu’s first sculpture exhibition
Boreas, statuary Carrara marble, in the paddock at Beaulieu
Mel was asked by David Waghorne, curator of Doddington Hall and Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibitions, to be one of the featured artists in the first ever sculpture show at Beaulieu home of Lord Montagu and the National Motor Museum set in the picturesque New Forest area of Hampshire, UK
Angel Wing XX, Carrara marble
Two of Mel’s contemporary stone sculptures were chosen to be shown in the grounds of the ruins of the old abbey, destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII, where the contrast between the ancient weathered stone work and the pristine sculptures was quite lovely.
Sculpture at Beaulieu runs until July 14th 2019
Fusion, Carrara marble
A Trip to Gondwanaland
The Three Graces, Kilkenny limestone in Gondwanaland
Earlier in the year Mel was approached by the curators of Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition to be the featured artist in their second biennial show. She was to be given an exclusive area of the arboretum in which to display her work: Gondwanaland.
Angel Wing XX, Carrara marble
Gondwanaland was the name given to the supercontinent comprising most of the land masses of the Southern Hemisphere and at Marks Hall it is an area planted with a variety of plants from Australia and South America, particularly Eucalyptus, Monkey Puzzle trees, Wollemia pines, bottle brush plants and Pampas grass.
Destiny, Persian travertine
15 of Mel’s contemporary stone sculptures have been placed around the 4 acre enclave, some visible from a quarter of a mile away along great vistas, some on gentle mounds and some tucked away in peaceful glades, slumbering amongst the perfumed gum trees and dancing grasses.
Flusso I, Carrara marble with Wollemia pines
Venus, Zimbabwean springstone with Monkey Puzzle tree
Squaring the Circle, Persian travertine and below,
Fracture I, Kilkenny limestone in amongst the Pampas grass
In August Mel and family holidayed in Italy which, obviously, included trips to Carrara and Pietrasanta. Mel was able to meet up with an old pal, Signore Franco Barattini, the man responsible for the Cave Michelangelo quarry high above Carrara. He, along with his glamorous assistant Antonella, graciously took Mel up to the quarry where she was able to chose and acquire several large pieces of beautiful cremo marble. 9.5 tonnes of Carrara’s finest to be precise.
Mel, Signore Barattini and Antonella inspect the cremo
The chosen ones are then marked up for collection,
and everyone’s happy. Shall we dance?
“Delivery for Ms Fraser!”
A few weeks after her trip to Italy, 9.5 tonnes of Italian mountain arrived at Mel’s studio just outside Cambridge.
DJ and the teleporter take the strain on Mel’s 5.4 tonne block of cremo. Phew!