John Stanbridge has spent his life caring for and working with animals,
starting with a part time job at London Zoo at the age of fourteen. He
later worked there as a full time keeper, caring for a wide variety of
birds. It was during this period that he began to develop his aptitude for
sculpting, inspired by the wealth of subjects that he had daily contact
with. For nine years John sculptured for an art firm, then decided to go freelance
John has been an exhibitor of Bearded Collies since 1970 and, although owning
only three dogs in this breed over a period of twenty-eight years, he has made up
two champions and has had considerable success in working tests. John also
keeps Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Groenendaels) and had the pleasure of breeding the C.C. record
holder for the breed. He now shares his home with a Beardie, a Belgian,
numerous Klein German Spitz, an elderly, imperious Griffon Bruxellois and
two long-suffering cats.
John is also an international Championship Show Judge of Bearded Collies, and undoubtedly it is his remarkable 'eye' for a dog that makes his sculptures so realistic. John's work has won the praise of breeders, exhibitors and owners of companion dogs throughout the world..