One of the few sculptors who casts his own work, Laurence Edwards is fascinated by human anatomy and the metamorphosis of form and matter that governs the lost-wax process. The driving force behind his work is bronze, an alloy that physically and metaphorically illustrates entropy, the natural tendency of any system in time to tend towards disorder and chaos. His sculptures express the raw liquid power of bronze, its versatility, mass and evolution, and the variety of process marks he retains tell the story of how and why each work came to be.
Based in Suffolk, he trained at Canterbury College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, where he studied bronze casting and sculpture with Sir Antony Caro. After winning a Henry Moore Bursary, the Angeloni Prize for Bronze Casting and an Intach Travelling Scholarship, he studied traditional casting techniques in India and Nepal, an experience that not only influenced his treatment of form and technique, but also gave him the necessary tools to establish his own atelier.
1990 Edwards established his first foundry and studio at Clock House Bruisyard
1992 Moves to Yew Tree Farm, Laxfield in Suffolk where he builds his bronze foundry and establishes Yew Tree Farm Studios artistic community.
1997 sets up the first USA-UK Iron Pour workshops and symposium at Yew Tree Farm Studios.
1998 Appointed artist in residence for the bury st Edmunds festival working on ‘Projection Series.
2003 moves studio to Butley Mills, near Oxford creating a larger foundry and more complex studios
2005 starts part-time lecturing in Critical Studies at Norwich School of Art
2006 wins the Royal Society of Portrait Sculpture Award for Grin and Bare
2008 First monograph about his life and work written by John Sheeran and published by Sheeran Lock and the first documentary made about his work made by Aldeburgh Films, covering the making and siting of the Giants series
2008 Sculptor in residence at the National Casting Centre, Al
2009 First publication, ‘Creek Men, a journey’ published by Clock house Arts Association introduced by Christopher Le Brun RA
2009 Elected associate member Royal Society of British Sculptors
2011 Purchases new studio in an ex fire station in Saxmundham and sets up large modelling, drawing and painting studios.
2012 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors
2015 Prize Winner ‘Society of British Sculptors’ London and winner of the Macquarie sculpture prize.
2016 Opens new studio and large scale foundry in Halesworth Suffolk