Chris Day, 52, from Lichfield, was a full-time plumber who applied to University of Wolverhampton four years ago to study design and applied arts.
He secured a First Class Honours Degree and is now studying for a Masters in the same subject.
A number of prestigious museums and art galleries across the world have purchased Chris’s pieces.
The Victoria and Albert Museum has purchased Emmett Till, inspired by a 14-year-old black teenager who was abducted, beaten and lynched by two white men in 1955. His murder galvanized the emerging Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
The Scottish National Museum has purchased Back to Black while the Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia, USA, has purchased Wander which depicts the tale of a luxury racing yacht setting sail from Charleston, South Carolina in 1858, on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean which was involved in the illegal slave trade.
Chris has won a number of titles and awards, as well as commendations for his work from exhibits worldwide.
His research has focused on the history of the slave trade in the Eighteenth Century, with the copper cage in one piece representing the restriction of movement both physically and mentally, emphasising the complete control traders possessed over another human’s life.
He also used materials derived from heating and electrical systems in reference to his ‘other’ career.
Chris left school and worked in a variety of roles, first as an…