February 23, 2014
We reported last year on the tragic death of sculptor, Katie Lake, who had worked in such an inspirational fashion with so many young people and adults. Shortly before her death, and funded by the Foundation, Katie had been working with students at Newton Abbot College to create a tall steel sculpture that would form the centre-piece of the newly developed sculpture garden at the College alongside their recently opened Arts Building.
The Helen Foundation and the College decided that the sculpture that the students had designed and created with Katie should commemorate the artist and that a plaque should be laid at a ceremony to mark the occasion.
In January, a short ceremony of dedication took place at the College when the stainless steel plaque was unveiled alongside the steel sculpture created by the students under Katie’s guidance and in the presence of the students who worked with the artist.
Here is a reminder of the feedback from the students about working with Katie.
We learnt many new techniques such as bending and twisting metal, welding metal and forging and beating metal – processes people our age rarely get the opportunity to learn. We also learnt how to work as a team and discuss, plan and review our work towards a common goal. We were also able to interview Katie Lake about her influences and see examples of her own art work, which was very impressive. It was really inspiring to see how an artist works in their own workshop. Katie brought in her own tools and equipment for us to use and we were allowed to touch and handle her work. We all really loved her artwork and used it to influence our designs.
The project was really hard work and we were encouraged to work outside of our ‘artistic comfort zone’ – which was really rewarding and so much fun! It has really made us appreciate how much time, planning and work goes into a large sculpture. We really enjoyed working in metal and would like to use these processes in our GCSE coursework and we are very proud of our sculpture!
At the ceremony, students said:
“We really loved working with Katie Lake and found her really inspiring and her own work really impressed us.”
“Katie taught us all some really ambitious metal work techniques that we had never done before, it was really hard work but Katie made it so much fun.”
“Katie had a wonderful sense of humour which helped us all work together to make this fantastic metal sculpture which we are all really proud of.”
College staff and students listened intently as Roger Kirk lead the service.