Video: Carving out a reputation as a world class sculptor

A sculptor whose work can be found in homes and galleries all over the world is opening his studio to the public.

Laurence Broderick, who lives and works in the studio in Waresley will be welcoming visitors inside on Saturday (July 13) and Sunday (July 14).

With a career spanning more than 20 years, Laurence has much to be proud of and plenty to show anyone who takes a tour of his impressive studio and beautiful garden in the rural idylls of South Cambs.

The opening is part of the Cambridge Open Studios 2013 scheme, where artists and craftspeople across the county open their workplaces to visitors.

Laurence’s life as a sculptor has taken him around the UK and beyond, and today he has some 2,300 sculptures in locations around the world, including North America, across Europe and in Africa.

Other pieces of his work can be found on Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

High-profile commissions have included sculpting a giant bull for the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham when it first opened.

Laurence also made a sculpture of a giant leaping salmon – measuring some 20 ft long and thought to be the world’s largest – which can be seen at Chester Business Park. He is also responsible for carving three different trophies which are awarded on an annual basis to outstanding tennis players past and present.

Laurence said: “One of the trophies is given to a player who wins the four Grand Slam tournaments. Roger Federer has won six and Novak Djokovic was awarded one last year, though Andy Murray hasn’t quite got there yet!”

Laurence is mainly a stone and bronze sculptor, and is inspired by wildlife, particularly otters.

He has also produced many portrait sculptures.

He said: “My wife and I will spend up to six months of each year in the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

“I have a home and a gallery there and I made a very early sculpture of an otter to sell to a well-known man on the island in 1978, using polyphant stone. You see many otters there and they are very fine-looking creatures.”

To find out more about Cambridge Open Studios 2013 see www.camopenstudios.co.uk