"Part of my experience of these sculptures, and in particular "Hearts-Hide" and "Fold", is the experience of being held close to a creative effort that is insistently and routinely workman-like. Such work reflects not only a highly practical involvement but a range of interests that arise from a concern with practical matters. My experience of what is practical about the work is the experience of it seeming practical beyond mere practical needs. Being "workman-like" is something I think of here as a kind of care É and which in the best tradition of care has come to express itself concretely."
Peter Venn, from "practical beyond practical need..." in "Bruce Gernand, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, 92-94"
"An aspect of foundry practice is that so much of the work is 'indirect', the requirement to take an object through numerous stages. . . I saw this period as a challenge to explore ways of extending the many technical procedures into the creative process. At first this took the form of welcoming accidents and features of facture, but subsequently I endeavoured to incorporate the processes in a more integrated fashion. . . There was a sense of a continuous process of liquification and solidification of materials. Mixing and pouring became primary activities – through the agency of containers, from buckets to crucibles."
From "Bucket and Box", Bruce Gernand in "Bruce Gernand, Henry Moore Fellow in Sculpture" (see publications)