Welcome to History Maker

My name is Colin Patten and I have been fortunate enough to be a professional artist for nearly 30 years. Primarily my work has been as a miniaturist sculptor specialising in historical subjects which lead to the establishment of my first company ‘Gripping Beast’, which became a must have one stop for Dark Age Historical collectors. Later I started Vendel Miniatures which branched off into the Classical periods and some fantasy subjects. I moved to Ireland in mid 2005 where I lived with my family on a small holding, it was there I had the pleasure of obtaining the rights to sculpt a series of models based on the popular Rupert Bear Annuals which was one of my dreams come true!

Later I moved to Waterford City where I was commissioned by Waterford Council to create a detailed series of Historical City Models for the prestigious New Waterford Medieval Museum. This was a mammoth task and I am proud to say that it was a joy to be part of the team that worked so hard to finish this amazing project.
In addition to the Museum Work I created a one off Georgian City Model based on the Van der Hagen oil painting which is on permanent exhibition along with other works of Art in the foyer of Bishops Palace right opposite the Waterford Crystal Centre in the Heart of the City.

Another interest, or shall I say obsession has always been Tolkiens works ‘ The Lord of The Rings’. Again I was fortunate enough to be given a licence to create sculptures from scenes in Middle Earth based on my own interpretations from the texts and my imagination.

Middle Earth News article

Currently I am sculpting by commission and invite any suggestions for future subjects, so please feel free to contact me with your requirements.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoy your visit!

Colin Patten