Ptolemy Elrington (IG: @hubcapcreatures)

February 12, 2022

Welcome to this week's #weldershowcase - we had the opportunity to sit down with Ptolemy from @hubcapcreatures and talk a little shop.
 
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Name:  Ptolemy Elrington

Business Name: Hubcap Creatures Ltd.

Location: Brighton U.K.

Socials: IG: @hubcapcreatures  FB: @hubcapcreatures  Twitter: @hubcapcreatures

Websites: www.hubcapcreatures.com

Specialties: Sculpture from recycled materials

Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
I started trading professionally in 2002 but I was making recycled sculptures as a hobby for several years before then. I've tried some regular jobs and felt that I wanted to spend my life doing things I want to do rather than something I don't enjoy that much. The downside is that it's often a financial struggle and I do spend a small percentage of my time doing unwelcome stuff (paperwork etc) but all in all I made the right decision and I'm happy in my work.
 
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
The pleasure I sometimes feel in the creative process is my main motivation. Sometimes it's up a hill and sometimes down but the sense of accomplishment when a piece is finished does it for me.
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
I have currently been using a Milwaukee M18 FHZ Hackzall and it's made my work a lot easier. I'm loving it...
 
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
I have dozens of favourite pieces. Currently I guess it's the Greyhound as it's a fairly recent piece and has a great presence.
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
If I wasn't doing my current work I reckon I'd be making custom motorcycles. I love bikes and the sculptural possibilities for them are right up my street.
 
 
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
Ooh that's a tricky one. I'm not much for collaboration but if I was to do it I'd go big and work with Royal De Luxe in France. Their work is astounding.
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Yes - stick at it. Don't be discouraged by naysayers and negative comments. If you enjoy your work and believe in yourself you can make it happen.
 
 
What are your future plans for your shop?
I don't have many plans for the future. I'm happy with the way things are at work and don't intend to expand.
Thanks for sitting with us and sharing your story with the community - is there anything you'd like to add?  
Remember that a lot of art isn't a commodity - you can't always put a price on it but that doesn't mean it doesn't have value. It's food for the soul.
 

 

A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Ptolemy! Doing art can be a struggle but the joy of it can definitely outweigh the financial struggles.  Just gotta make sure to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head. Best of luck to you!



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