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Fossily Bird

  Fossily Bird sculpture is carved in Swaledale Fossil limestone.  The stone contains an abundance of fossils and fossil traces which are really brought out clearly when the stone is polished. As might be expected Swaledale Fossil comes from Swaledale, a North Yorkshire dale on the River Swale.   It is a typical limestone valley, the […]

So it doesn’t go to waste

  Sometimes there are mishaps in the workshop.  Sometimes things don’t go right and mistakes and breakages happen.  Usually it is because I’m rushing or getting ahead of myself in the excitement of making.  Or perhaps I don’t know a stone well enough or don’t respect it enough. Of course it sometimes happens because of […]

Wildlife Art

  On Thursday this week the Society of Wildlife Artists annual exhibition The Natural Eye 2019 opens at the Mall Galleries – paintings, drawings, original prints and sculpture all inspired by the natural world. It is always a thrill to go, and truly inspiring for me.  I’ll tell you all about it after I’ve been, […]

In the Workshop today – carving triangles

  These little simple shapes – I’m just carving triangles – when repeated, grouped, and wandering, magically make patterns.   I adore the way they catch the light and the stone surface comes alive. The triangles span out, as they spread they look like stars. But, actually the idea is that they will indicate scales.   I’m […]

They’re called Shining Stones

  British marble is rare – the only true marbles are quarried in north-west Scotland.  The scarcity of indigenous marble meant that European marbles were imported for quality decorative work.  This was an expensive exercise so alternative sources of special stones were sought, and local hard sedimentary limestones were exploited.  These native British ‘marbles’ were […]

A little film of me at the workshop

  Land of Iron – Filming for North York Moors Earlier in the year I was contacted by Fuzzy Duck Creative, a creative studio in Manchester.  They were working with the North York Moors on a new visitor video to be shown at the Moors National Park Centre.  The idea was to share with visitors […]

The Way Birds Drink

  Today I’ve been finishing a couple of carved birds to sit on the edge of a birdbath.  I’m not sure why, and it has only just occurred to me, but I’ve made them as if they are drinking, rather than bathing (I must do a pair as if in mid flapping and sploshing next […]

Morning cheer

  At this time – September – the end of summer, but not quite autumn time – the early morning air freshens the cheeks and dew and drizzle damp, drip. The short walk to my workshop is stop and start – a look closer at little spectacles, spiders’ webs glistening with droplets, the newest fresh […]

An Owl called Jack

  Recently I delivered a commissioned owl sculpture to its new home, the most beautifully tended, flower filled garden.  From the moment I arrived butterflies and bees flitted between the beds planted in creatively soft colour swathes and a wondrous mix of textures. Stone paths led me round in curves, to view points, stone paved […]

Joy to the heart

  Last night I caught an interview on the television with Isabella Tree of Knepp Wildland, about the re-wilding of the once intensively farmed estate in West Sussex. Of course my ears pricked up at the mention of Turtle Doves, as they have been my preoccupation of late (for this exhibition).  Throughout the interview birdsong […]