Master in art of recycling

Otto Hampel, of Northam, with his latest dragon sculpture creation.
Otto Hampel, of Northam, with his latest dragon sculpture creation.

Hampel held an exhibition at his home last year, which he said was well received.

‘More than 150 people turned up and a lot of people placed orders,’ he said.

Hampel retired from being a primary school teacher several years ago to concentrate on his art.

He has since been working on a striking array of sculptured horses, cranes, dragons and many other animals ” both real and fictitious.

Hampel recently finished a massive dragon sculpture made of horseshoes, which serves as a playground for his grandchildren.

‘I work with what I’ve got ” I don’t believe in buying new things,’ he said.

‘We are in a farming community, we have to recycle ” it’s very important for me.’

Hampel is considering holding another exhibition in the Avon Valley, but has not yet set a firm date.