Bernard Pearson is an artist best known for his sculptures of Discworld characters and buildings. He initially produced figurines at Clarecraft, which he co-founded, and upon leaving began his series of highly detailed Discworld buildings, most notably a multiple-piece Unseen University. He has recently had to give up sculpture, and instead spends his time producing Discworld stamps with a team of designers and illustrators. Coinage and banknotes were planned to follow to tie in with Making Money, a novel set in the Ankh-Morpork Mint. He also runs a shop, The Cunning Artificer, in Wincanton, Somerset. The shop mainly sells Discworld related merchandise, including the stamps and pewter artifacts, as well as pieces created by various other companies and artists. He lives in Wincanton and manages the shop with his wife, Isobel Pearson. To visit the website (The Discworld Emporium) click here. The nickname "The Cunning Artificer" was given to him by Terry Pratchett, based on the Street of Cunning Artificers, Ankh-Morpork, often mentioned in the novels. bernard started making Pern sculptures at the time of the Alliance Atlantis TV series deal (ca. 1999-2000) with permission of the current rights holder Zyntropics (Zyntropo). When the deal died and the rights reverted to Anne, Bernard made no further sculptures. I enquired after further details but unfortunately never received an answer to my mail.Bernard Pearson

The first (more or less) test piece of Bernard Pearson did, though it was offered for sale too, was this little box depciting not only Anne's house Dragonhold-Underhill in County Wicklow, Ireland, but also things Anne loves: horses and dragons. This particular box is the copy to be found in the hallway of the beforementioned house and I photographed it while visiting Anne in 2006.

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The next statuette Bernard came up with was "The Hatching" or "Small Ramoth". Bernard wrote about this work: "To read for the first time the story of Ramoth and her impression on Lessa is a most moving and wonderful experience. Every reader will have a different picture as the written word creates images in our mind. All I can do is take one subjective view and through the skill of my craft render it into solid form, At each step of the creative process Anne has been consulted and her vision has been the loadstone of my endeavors. This piece is the first step in a wonderful journey. A journey where Pern, for the first time ever, is given form outside the page. Measuring just over five inches tall and six inches wide (12.5 x 15cm) this sculpture is full of intricate detail. From the faceted eyes to the ragged remains of a golden shell, attention has been given not just to the description found in the written word, but we have also strived to capture the very ethos of Pern." Well, I can't say it any better!

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The Menolly statuette was a Limited edition sculpture of only 1,000 worldwide. Measuring 7" tall by 4" deep, this lovely sculpture captures beautifully the young Menolly as she sits at the sea's edge and makes music with her new friends.
Bernard wrote: "This unique sculpture has been created to show not just the young Menolly herself but also her wonderful fire lizards who will play such an important part in her life to come. After talking with Anne and our other friends within the worlds of Pern, we decided to choose this scene from the books as being our first rendition of one of the great heroine's of modern literature. A young girl who through her own courage and determination starts a journey that leads to glory."

Menolly (complete with her fire lizards) was sold around the year 2001 and cost approximately $145 US (postage included).

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About the sculpture Ruatha Hold bernard wrote: "When I first read about this ancient structure I had no idea that years later it would be my privilege to one day sculpt it. To try and encompass visually such a huge piece of architecture and the surrounding rock face was quite a task, especially as we wanted to create something that would fit on a bookshelf rather than fill a whole room. I was helped by the fact that my studio is set within a few miles of some rather splendid and very ancient castles. These ruins have been the inspiration of much of my work over the years and it was not a huge step to blend that image of those ancient fortifications with the wonderful descriptive prose found in Anne's novels. Needless to say it was speaking to Anne herself that provided the true 'feel' of the place, and hopefully my vision will match in some way the picture of this piece of Pern that your own imagination has conjured up."

The Ruatha Hold sculpture measured just over nice inches tall and seven and a half inches wide (23 x 20cm). The price is was £ 80.00, which was approxiamtely $130 at the time it was released.

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The big Ramoth sculpture was a limited run of only 500 pieces and I wonder if that many were actually made (I doubt it). Bernard wrote: "This is one of the largest freestanding dragon sculptures available anywhere, and quite likely the largest I will ever sculpt." The statue measuresd 17" (43cm) across the wings, and 22" (55cm) from wing tip to the base of the rock outcrop. It had flashing multi-faceted (crystal) eyes and a wonderful golden finish that was hand burnished to bring out the muscle structure and skin texture. The original piece took over a year in the making and became a true shared vision of writer and sculptor.
No detail was spared in capturing the majesty of this wonderful dragon. Endless months of sculpture were followed by some of the most complex production procedures by master craftsmen who put quality before mere time. Every angle this piece is viewed from brings to memory the books abd tales of Pern .

It was not cheap, but excellence never is. The price was £ 300 (including delivery) whie customers in the United States, Canada and Australia paid £ 340 (at that time about $550 dollars) which also included shipping.

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One of the first, if not the first, person to receive the big Ramoth statue was, of course, Anne herself. The state has pride of place at the end of the hallway at Dragonhold-Underhill.

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