PHEEBERT’S Garden Statuary was founded in 2006 by sculptor Fiona Jane Scott and sales director Andrew Hutton.
Fiona has previously sculpted for most of the leading British stoneware companies, establishing a reputation across Europe for her Mythical creations and contributing to the rise in popularity of gargoyles
and other fantastic creatures during the 1990s. She was also a member of the sculpture teams for the films Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
She now sculpts exclusively for Pheebert’s so she can fulfil her passion for providing imaginative, high quality art for the garden at an affordable price.
One of the features that makes every Pheebert’s sculpture special is the skill and quality of the craftsmanship that goes into making it. This is demonstrated throughout the production process.
Each design starts with an idea, which Fiona sketches. She then creates a small-scale model, or maquette, of the piece and, after making any necessary changes, sculpts the full-size design in clay.
The next stage is to construct an accurate and flawless mould that replicates the original sculpture exactly – a complicated process that involves coating the clay design in several layers of silicon followed by a protective glass-fibre jacket.
Once the first mould is completed, a master copy of the original sculpture is cast in plaster. New moulds are then made for the stone reproductions.
The reproductions are made with a special mix of aggregate designed to be frost-proof and provide a high-quality, detailed finish.
When the stone has completely dried, natural pigments are applied by hand to enhance the statues’ weathered appearance and a Pheebert’s coin is
embedded in each one as a mark of authenticity – usually near the base.
They are then given a final quality check to ensure that the sculpture you take home with you from the garden centre is identical to the original sculpted by Fiona.