Michael Scheuermann, Sculptor for the Hanleys’ Community Art Project

Michael Scheuermann

Michael Scheuermann is a professionally qualified sculptor with a First Class degree in Art and Design (Sculpture and Ceramics) and an MA with distinction in Fine Art. German-born he is now based in Warwick, with a studio in Birmingham and has lived in the Midlands for 16 years. He has been sculpting for over 20 years and has taught art, sculpture and ceramics at the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham City University.

He has undertaken a number of high profile public and private commissions, including sculptures for Sir Anthony and Lady Carole Bamford (Barbados); a Peace Monument for Birmingham City Council; sculpture for O’Grove District Council (Galicia, Spain) and stone carving for Sandy Lane Hotel (Barbados). Michael runs the thriving East Side Studios in Digbeth (Birmingham), comprised of 10 artists with a wide variety of practices. He also teaches part-time sculpture/stone carving courses.

Michael exhibited some of his work at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show. The pieces create places of rest and contemplation within a tranquil outdoor setting and started life as 3.6 tonne blocks of ‘Watts Cliff’ Sandstone before being formed into luxurious outdoor seats with exquisite detailing – buttons, fabric folds, a book casually cast aside by its reader – all being hand carved over several months by Michael and his team of sculptors.

Michael said,“The idea of these sculptures is to combine timeless interior design with the aesthetics of a beautifully crafted garden. Just as the flowers and plants stimulate the senses I want my sculptures to reach out to people in the same way. I want people to touch them; to sit on them; to use them as a place where they enjoy their surroundings.”