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Sherborne Gallery

  I’m currently just putting finishing touches to pieces for an exhibition at the Elementum Gallery in Sherborne, Dorset. A little while ago I wrote about stone and carving – In Conversation with Stone for Elementum – a journal of nature and story. Recently, due to its growing success, the journal moved to new premises, […]

Thoughts about Women’s Day

  I know that the day – International Women’s Day – is really about a focal point in the movement for women’s rights, but when I think about what it might mean to me, my mind turns to women who inspire, and therefore enable – one of the most motivating, for me, is my mother […]

Inspired by Birds

  All my bird sculpture is now delivered to the exhibition at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds.  We all got a bit dizzy on route, as I got caught up on the ‘loop traffic’ system in the city centre, and seemed to go round and round rather than getting anywhere.  We got […]

Meeting Members of Pickering Art Club

  Last year an invitation came from The Vale of Pickering Art Club to give a talk at their Annual General Meeting in February, (last week) and I really enjoyed putting together a little presentation about my stone carving process for them. I got such a warm welcome and interest from the group, lots of […]

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2019

  In previous years I’ve sketched the birds I’ve seen during the Big Garden Birdwatch survey.  This time I thought I’d try and model them in clay instead, sculpt them directly during the hour watch.  It is a wonderful challenge, requiring me to work very quickly, where normally I would be slow and meticulous to […]

Turtle Dove Conservation – Exhibition

  Last year I went to a talk about the Turtle Dove Project in North Yorkshire and was really inspired by the work that was being done. At the time I really wanted to do something to help too, and began to make my surrounds a little more Turtle Dove friendly.  I have wondered if […]

Symbolic Stone

  There are as many reasons for buying art, collecting objects or commissioning sculpture as there are people who do it. Sometimes someone falls in love with a sculpture because it evokes a memory, other times because the shape, texture, or colour are irresistible. On occasion it is hard to put into words why a […]

An exhibition for bird lovers

    In the workshop I’m busily making new work for my first exhibition of 2019 at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds – the show is called Tweet – aptly, as all the pieces on display are works inspired by the beauty of birds. The line-up includes a range of disciplines – […]

Breaking stone – in a good way!

  Mostly when I go to the quarry for a block of stone, there isn’t a piece just the size I’m looking for.  This means either I compromise and make smaller than originally intended, or I get a larger block and trim off when I get back to the workshop. My aim is usually to […]

The Nuthatch – a very endearing bird

  Last year was a bit of a Nuthatch year for me. During the Big Garden Birdwatch at the beginning of 2017, it was the Nuthatch I sketched.  Little did I know then that the pair at the feeders were to nest in my old Sycamore tree, and raise young, that year and last year […]