robert coia

This artist accepts commissions

Mediums Used

Robert is an artist sculptor based at the Water Driven Sawmill Pollok Country Park Glasgow. He works in a variety of natural materials, with extensive experience in working with community groups, schools etc. on environmental art / site specific projects.

Experienced in collaborative partnerships, his workshops are programmed to suit the particular interests of the organiser.

They are designed to be inclusive and structures have been developed to enable all ages and abilities to contribute fully within community projects.

During his career, he has produced many large scale, site-specific works. Themes have included the wildlife seen in those areas as well as the history / culture / folk tales particular to the region to where they are sited.

Timber has always been a big part of my life. My father was a Wood Cutting Machinist so the feel and aroma of freshly cut timber has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.

I started Carving after I was involved in an accident in a battle re-enactment. I bought three small carving chisels and started carving Celtic love spoons out of old Beech chair legs to pass the time while I recuperated from the accident. A friend of mine had moved to the Isle of Arran. Whilst over visiting him he introduced me to an amazing woodcarver Marvin Elliott ( I showed Marvin the spoons that I had carved with my three carving chisel and he invited me to come and work in his workshop for a week to see what I could produce with full access to his chisels and power tools when he wasn`t using them. I carved a small Owl which Marvin sold in his shop. Then a large eagle which he also sold for me.

That week turned into a month then a year then two years. Marvin was so generous with his time,knowledge and incite that he really did fast track me. It was like an old-fashioned apprenticeship to a master carver. Learning so much more than I could have ever hoped to from books and journals.

As well as the carving I was also introduced to casting techniques in plaster and cold cast resin. We also dabbled in a bit of pottery. Marvin gave me a lot of tips on how to make it work as a business and even had me running workshops. It was an incredible fun packed adventure which is the basis of the business that I have been running ever since.

Sculptures by robert coia



Wester Hales Arts Leisure and Entertainment: Creation of four canal sculptures with community involvement.

British Waterways: Burke&Hare Sculpture.

Right Track in Glasgow: Workshop&Creation of final piece with workshops for disaffected youths.

Glasgow City Council: 2 Sculptures, concept led by group of Senior Citizens and Youth Group.

St Mungo’s Museum: Large Collection Box for the entrance, traditional Glasgow theme.

Trees of Time and Place: Mans Commitment to the Environment for Future Generations.

English Nature: Memorial sculpture.

Forestry Commission: Scuplture for Headquarters.

BTCV: Biodiversity Sculpture in Stone.

BNFL Cumbria: Giant Minibeast sculpture

0ne and a half octave set of Tubular Bells with carved frames- Primary School Glasgow city council

Glasgow City Council: 12 large scale Commonwealth Legacy Sculptures for 11 hub Parks in Glasgow

Public Works

12 - 2014 Commonwealth Legacy Twinning Sculptures for 11 Glasgow Parks

The Hand- Ardfern Argyll

Mythology Benches - The Waterways Trust Auchinstarry

Derek Ratcliffe Memorial Bench - English Nature Cumbria

Minibeast Sculpture - Finglandrigg, English Nature Cumbria

2.5m Mermaid&Dolphin - North Edinburgh Arts Centre

Hand with Minibeast in Elm - Kelvin Clyde, Greenspace Glasgow

House Cow - Aonach Mor

2m Celtic wall Panel Cold cast resin - North Edinburgh Arts Centre

2m Crocodile in elm - Kelvin Clyde, Greenspace Glasgow

2.4m Celtic Sculptured Bench- Abriachin Forest Trust,Inverness

2m Norse Sculptures - Forestry Commission, Fort Augustus

3m Totem pole in lime - Glasgow night club

Leaf Seating - Bellahouston Park Glasgow

Local Environment Mural - Kennyhills Allotment Glasgpw

1.5m Donations Box in Elm. St Mungos Museum Glasgow

3 sculptured benches Union Canal. British Waterways

4m Burke&Hare sculpture in Elm.Union Canal. British Waterways

Sculptured Seating Balnain Bike Park Forestry Commission Scotland

2m Biodiversity Sculpture in Blond Sandstone.BTCV

Two Warning Hands in Elm Campsie Glen Kelvin Valley Countryside Projects

1m Sculptured otter seat in Elm Kelvin Clyde Greenspace Glasgow

River Theme Bench in Elm Campsie Glen Kelvin Valley Countryside Projects

Nesting Bird Sculpture in Elm.Linn Park

Eagle Rising 1,6m wingspan in Beech Glenarm Estate Antrim

7 Sheep Seats -in Elm Campsie Glen for Kelvin Valley Countryside Projects

Teaching Experience
Senior Tutor in Construction Argyll College, Lochgilphead Extensive experience in running a wide variety of workshops including plaster carving, living willow mosaic murals to name a few, with an age range of students from 5 to 85yrs