Andrew is the youngest member of the ice team and Percy’s eldest son. No surprise then that he demonstrated a strong artistic talent from an early age! Having completed his art GCSE one year early he was accepted into the City of Westminster college where he studied for a level 3 BTECH extended Diploma in Art and design.
When did you join PSD Ice Art?
I’ve been in the studio freezer since I was young. It’s fascinating seeing a sculpture being made and obviously I loved spending time with my dad, but I actually started learning to ice sculpt properly when I was in college, going into the freezer when I had spare time or when dad needed help. It’s -7 degrees in there, so you have to get used to working in the cold. We wrap up really warm and once you start becoming absorbed in ice sculpting you forget all about the temperature.
And more recently you’ve also started to help out in the office with sales and marketing. How are you finding that?
I’ve always been a social person and I do enjoy talking to people. It’s also important for me, being Percy’s son, that I understand all sides of the business.
What has been your favourite ice carving that you’ve done so far?
I sculpted a Disney castle and I was astonished at how much detail I got within a one-block sculpture (1m x 50cm x 25cm), and how amazing it looked and it really did give a magical feel. The client was extremely happy. She wasn’t expecting such a massive Disney castle.
You’ve also started to study design, what’s it called..Rhino?
The software is called Rhino, but the actual subject is called CAD…auto CAD (computer-aided design) which is how to design things in 3D.
What would you say are the basic skills needed for ice carving?
I’ve been ice sculpting full-time for 2 years now and before that I spent 2 years learning techniques and practising, getting experience. You really need to have a high level of creativity, as you are making a piece of art with each sculpture. You also always have to think ahead and plan because once you carve a piece of ice off, there’s no way of getting it back!
What would you say is the most difficult part of the job?
Well the most difficult side of the job would be the creative aspect when the client doesn’t always know specifically what they want. Then it’s my job to think about the best thing to do with their theme and help them to visualise the finished sculpture. I want to make it completely unique and something they haven’t seen or considered before.