Born in 1929, Charlotte Mayer came from Prague to England with her family in 1939. Only 16 when she attended Goldsmiths, she went on to the Royal College of Art where she studied under Frank Dobson and John Skeaping. The latter encouraged his pupils to experiment with natural materials, and his influence has remained with her. While her early work was predominantly figurative and stone, the scale and architecture she encountered on a trip to New York in 1967 led her to experiment with welded steel. Family holidays on Dartmoor in the 1970s reignited her absorption in nature, and her work developed around this theme, in elegant subtle forms inspired by and steeped in the economy of natural growth, shape and movement.
Her work can be seen in public places and private collections in Britain and abroad. She lives and works in London.
“A work of art should speak for itself. It should need no verbal description although a title may give a subtle hint of what is in the sculptor’s mind”.