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The Price of Chickens

October 24, 2006 by · Comments Off 

The Price of ChickensAvid automata collector and author of ‘Stormbreaker’ Anthony Horowitz is the delighted owner of Matt Smith’s 2004 piece, The Price of Chickens. Read more

Matt Smith Exhibit in Sheffield

October 16, 2006 by · Comments Off 

The Clogger

Matt Smith has produced a brilliant series of automata exhibits for the newly opened Weston Park Museum in Sheffield. The pieces are part of the new ‘Life and Times‘ gallery and depict many of the past occupations in the local area. This is the clogger (a latter day shoemaker).

Matt’s long awaited new Fourteen Balls Design will be announced later this year as part of our ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ Virtual Exhibition.

‘Matchstick Nibblers’ Finished

October 2, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Matchstick NibblerThe wonderful first edition of ‘The Matchstick Nibbler’ from the Fourteen Balls Toy Company are now finished.

This is a favourite piece from our collection made by Paul Spooner piece in 1982. It’s full title is ‘How to Make a Model Goat from Odds and Ends No: 15′ – Nibbling Matchsticks to produce curved horns.

The man nibbles away at his tasty snack of matches (sometimes known as ‘lucifers’) as he eats two devil-like horns appear from the top of his head by means of the bellows action. When the cranking stops the horns slowly recede back into his head.
Everyone who has been very patiently waiting for theirs will receive them this week by Express Courier.

Although these were available as special commission only, we actually have a spare one still available – so click here if you are interested in buying it.

Kinetica Museum opens this week

October 1, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Amorphic Robot Works‘Life Forms’, the launch show at Kinetica will open on 6th October. Chico MacMurtrie’s Amorphic Robot Works (pictured) are part of this exciting inaugural exhibition. Make sure you check the programme of performances so that you can see them in action.

Artist Richard Brown’s talk ‘The art of creating illusions of virtual life’ this Friday is the first in a series of stimulating evening events at Kinetica. If you mention CMT when making your booking you pay £4 instead of £6.

Three machines from our collection, Paul Spooner’s ‘The Dream’ and Keith Newstead’s ‘Junkas Giles’ and ‘Peacock’ will be at Kinetica. Also, look out for our products in the Kinetica store.