Gargoyles & Dragons is renowned for offering Australia’s largest and best quality range of hand crafted roofing and building accessories in Terracotta and Stoneware. Our range includes roofing sculptures, chimney pots, decorative roof finials, decorative ridges & saddles, hip terminals, turret tops, decorative bricks and sub floor vents. Each product is made by hand, and as such, can be adapted to suit personal tastes and building styles.
Our sculptors excel in custom work, and will work closely with individuals and families to create an outstanding piece for the home or garden. We understand that as one of the few remaining Architectural Pottery’s in Australia, we have a responsibility to maintain pottery tradition and keep the craft alive.
Fred A. Mashman
In 2011, after over 100 years of pottery tradition, Fred. A. Mashman’s in Kingsgrove, NSW closed its doors. It was extremely sad to see one of the finest Australian potteries close, and Gargoyles & Dragons has committed to ensure that the Sydney range of Architectural Pottery remains available. As such, we have invested in the purchase of Fred. A Mashman’s moulds and machinery. This new product line compliments our already impressive range, and truly establishes us as the leader in Architectural Pottery within Australia.
As the owner and principal sculptor at Gargoyles & Dragons, Scott has a great personal involvement in the business. Scott’s forte is spending time with clients, discussing available choices and the aesthetics of the build. As an owner-renovator himself, Scott understands the tribulations of building or renovating a home, and aims to make each clients involvement with our company a pleasurable step to home ownership or restoration.
Scott completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1997, and in 1999 commenced working at Gargoyles & Dragons, (established in 1983 by Graeme and Angela Foote). After 10 years of practising and perfecting his skills, Scott leapt at the opportunity to take over the business in 2009. He is very fortunate to be working in a field of his choice and this is expressed daily in his attitude to his work, clients and staff.
As the other owner of Gargoyles & Dragons, Luise is responsible for overseeing production and office management. She has a background in custom footwear design and production and an interest in Architecture and Landscape Design.
Carey started working with Gargoyles & Dragons in 2008 when the business was based in Surrey Hills. He has a background as a chef, working in various restaurants and cafes for over 10 years.
He began as a helping hand, assisting with the production of decorative ridges. Over time and showing some creative flair for ceramics and a steady hand began producing finials. Still honing & perfecting his skills he came alongside with Scott & Luise on a more permanent basis when they took over the business in July 2009. Since then Carey has gone from strength to strength. He now manages the workshop and displays a strong ability to help with the day to day operations of the business. He has a keen commitment to uphold the tradition and quality of the Gargoyles & Dragons name.
In early 2011 Scott began to instruct Carey in the production of the more free hand sculptural aspects of the business. He is now producing some wonderful creations in his own signature style.
Damien joined the Gargoyles team in 2011 on a part time basis. Although he had no experience in ceramics he came to us with a real hands-on expertise after working in a variety of jobs including, most importantly, a foundry, where he was strongly involved in metal casting. From the start he showed a keen willingness to learn and was very excited about the prospect of creating unique sculptures.
Years of tinkering with old cars and motorbikes as a hobby has given Damien a great skill for solving mechanical problems around the workshop.
In early 2012 Gargoyles & Dragons offered Damien a full time position. He jumped at the opportunity. He now shows great aptitude in all aspects of production and is producing his own unique sculptures.
Marcus Pettifer - Artist in Residence
Marcus began working at Gargoyles and Dragons in 1994 as a general hand having had no previous experience in ceramics. Graeme Foote (Hawthorn Studio Gallery) taught Marcus how to sculpt, creating such things as dragons, gargoyles and many other ornamental pieces. It became apparent over the years that Marcus has a natural ability with sculpture.
Marcus is particularly good at giving his sculpture expression in all sorts of themes, and is happy to customize his creations from photographs, drawings, or simple ideas provided by the client.