“I am ready to meet my Maker…” Our Churchill globe is underway!

Bellerby Globemakers introduce our Churchill piece; an impressive 5 ft high, fifty inches wide, freestanding titanic of a globe. This limited edition piece has been inspired by the globes that were presented to Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt, by George Marshall – then US Army Chief of Staff – during World War II.  The considerable pieces were seen as a symbol of the cooperation and friendship between the two nations during the intensely difficult period of the war, and have since come to symbolise their owners, two of the most important figures of the twentieth century.

Today, our talented artist Mary has started colour testing our Churchill globe.  This is a lengthy process, creating various washes and layers of paint to get the perfect ocean shade, then working on coastal lines, borders and lakes.  It’s these intricate details, that make each globe we create a unique and individual piece.

Our Churchill is modelled on the original globe (pictured above with Winston Churchill)  in terms of appearance and geographical, demographic detail. It combines the techniques used in the production of its original with the durability of modern construction. The sizeable globe sits in a circular base, and is supported by a series of multi-directional bearings which allow it to be turned with a satisfying motion.  In addition we have plotted all 936 World Heritage Sites, as well as informative and geographical features including the highest mountains, the largest deserts and country populations – offering an exciting read.  We are currently designing a beautiful book, detailing the construction of the Churchill, with a more in depth look at its factual history and craftsmanship.

For prices and more information please contact us at sales@bellerbyandco.com.

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We’re in the London Easter hunt

It’s beautiful, clear, crisp morning in north London, and we’re excited.

In just five days the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt starts, and we are part of the fun.  The big egg hunt itself runs for 40 days and 40 nights and launches on Shrove Tuesday (21st February 2012).  It features 200 eggs made by unique artists, from fashion to graphics, fine artists and well… globemakers!

In the picture of our studio (above) you can spot the naked egg – delivered to us to decorate as we see fit… what creative freedom! We decided to adorn the egg in our signature Britannia globe style maps, and Peter and his team of artists worked hard day and night to fit the gores by hand to the shape.  It is such a beautiful piece!  Of the other 199 artists we have seen a few exquisite eggsamples (oops) and they are all wonderful works of art.  Here is a snap shot of the globe just as it was drying from it’s final coat of varnish, topped with a finishing touch of gold leaf.

The event is truly inspirational and hopes to raise over £1million for its charities – the Elephant Family and Action for Children. If you are in London in the next few weeks, round up the troops, shell out (sorry, couldn’t resist) for a treasure hunt map and get cracking on those clues.  Last one there’s a rotten egg!  Sorry I’ll stop now…

Welcome to Bellerby Globemakers.

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Established in 2008, as a response to a gap in the marketplace for high quality, hand made globes; we offer a range of products from mini desk globes (pictured) to free standing antique pieces.  2012 sees the launch of our innovative new desk globe, the first multi directional, free spinning globe of its kind.

We are currently undertaking bespoke orders, from artists, corporate and personal customers, and ship internationally. Alternatively, please see our website for more products and information, or contact us with any questions you may have.