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Mountain Hare sculpture

  The Mountain Hare lives in the Scottish Highlands and the north of England in upland areas.  It is most common on heathland, where it nibbles on vegetation, grazing heather, rush, sedge, and the bark of young trees and bushes. It is also known as the White Hare, Tundra Hare, Alpine Hare, or Snow Hare […]

Exhibition at Magpie Contemporary Art

  Bird tail-up is my very latest stone sculpture and one of my bird carvings on show at Magpie Contemporary Art Autumn Exhibition. The sculpture shows a bird with its tail up in the air, in a perky attitude.  I’ve carved in one or two details, some marks to suggest tail feathers and also crisp […]

Made Makers Exhibition

  This weekend the September edition of the Tutton and Young Made Makers online fair gets underway. Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September 2020 The galleries open at the Tutton and Young website at 9 am on Saturday 5 September and the event runs until Sunday evening. Jon Tutton, the organiser of the event introduced […]

Curlew Sculpture

  The heather on the moorland here is beginning to look magnificent, patches of vibrant purple as bushels burst into flower.  The air fragrant. I followed a narrow, sheep-trodden, winding path until I was surrounded by the springy cushions of ling and cross-leaved heath.  Day flying moths rose up, disturbed by my walking, silvery for […]

A Bird in the Bombweed

  There are long stems of Rosebay Willowherb growing just now, the best colour here at the workshop by far.  Most everything else is going golden, or brown, or gone over completely. The tall pink flower spikes of Willowherb can often be seen grouped together in bunched stands in open spaces, such as woodland clearings, […]

New Collection for Tutton & Young

  This is a little preview of one of the sculptures – Garden Bird with a long tail – which you’ll be able to view online this weekend where a small collection of new pieces will be available from 9 am on Saturday morning as part of the amazing Tutton & Young MADE Makers show. […]

Missing the Meadow

  All around the hay fields are being cut and the smell of drying grass is heavenly.  The mowing and baling happen so quickly it is taking me a little while to adjust to the new landscape. To the east of the workshop, one meadow remains, I’m not sure why it has been left to […]

I believe in birds

  Along the honeysuckled lane, I ran to where the little bird pairing began, and there I understood at last why I had come so far, so fast. On every branch of every tree a fledgling perched, ready to fly for me.   I’m still watching my birds closely, especially the young taking their first […]

Garden Birds

  All the to-ings and fro-ings, flitterings, flutterings, and fledglings of garden birds has been something to behold. I’m trying not to anthropomorphize as I watch the stories of these bird families unfold.  Nature is urgent and intense, survival urgent, and reproduction urgent. The strength and vigour of these cycles are captivating and potent.  I […]

Summer Begins

  What a day to fledge – as if in celebration of the summer solstice  – my Pied Wagtail chicks at the workshop flew the nest into a gloriously warm, sunny day.  Everywhere I turned there seemed to be a startled, calling, fresh-feathered fledgling. Though they are still demanding of their parents for food, I […]