Garden

Preparations for Garden Festival

  Lovely pieces are being finished at the workshop just now, ready for the Borde Hill Garden Festival. As part of the range of garden features I’m exhibiting, are these handsome planters – hand carved as a matching pair in fine Yorkstone, drilled for drainage and ready for magical planting ideas. At the Festival you’ll […]

Spring stems, Spring begins

  On the first day of Spring I was treated to the sound of Pied Wagtails.  A pair back and forth chirruping from the workshop roof and fence post.  I’m always hopeful they’ll return and nest here – so with any luck they’ll like what they see and stay. I also heard the low humming […]

Pumpkins and Butterflies

  What an inspiring time of year for shapes – the plant and fruit forms of Autumn  are exciting.  The season for Pumpkins and seed heads. Throughout history it seems artists have been inspired by the abundance of apples, pears, pumpkins, squash, corn and chestnuts – all so visually attractive.  I’m reminded of the Autumn […]

Leaf Birdbath

  Sculptural Leaf Birdbath complete with perched bird carved in natural stone – 34″ x 23″ x 13″ For my recent show Beautiful & Useful at Sussex Prairies Gardens I popped this Birdbath on a plinth and it created a handsome and much admired feature – especially with the wonderful backdrop of the dramatic Amaranthus […]

Goldcrest bird sculpture amid Wisteria

  Goldcrests carved in Yorkstone with gilded crown in pure gold leaf. The fragrance of the Wisteria floats in through the open back door.  It has grown vigorously this last week and is now laden with the purple shades of its spring flowers – so beautiful, and today resplendent in the sunshine. I couldn’t resist […]

Pikorua sculpture for New Zealand Garden

  This weekend was the re-opening celebration of the New Zealand Garden in Valley Gardens, Harrogate and unveiling of the garden’s new sculpture.  The New Zealand Garden has undergone a refurbishment, part of which was to include my Yorkstone carving. The sculpture, a commission through Harrogate International Partnerships, is a Pikorua, a Maori symbol representing […]

Birdsong

  With the lighter mornings I’m hearing the beginnings of the dawn chorus.  There was a very sketchy start by a Blackbird this morning, but it soon got into its stride. Just as bird songs are taking shape in the garden, bird sculptures are forming in the workshop.  This new one also enjoying the early […]

Stone Sculpture and naturalistic planting

  If you missed the Beautiful & Useful Fair – here are a few images from the weekend. One of the lovely things about exhibiting at the Beautiful & Useful Fair is the venue.  The Fair is held at Sussex Prairie Garden in Henfield which lends the most beautiful backdrop for my sculpture.  This naturalistic […]

Beautiful & Useful Fair this weekend

  It is the Beautiful & Useful Fair this weekend, so I’m gathering up pieces ready to show. These are Serpentine vases in the softest green colour with hints of warm gold with white veining and mottling.  Each vase shaped and then polished to bring out the glorious colours.  Every stone vase has a glass […]

Beautiful & Useful Fair 2022

  I’m enjoying curating pieces for the Beautiful & Useful Fair 2022 where I’ll be showing my work in September. Definitely included is the Catcastle Vase, hand carved in pale and intriguingly textured natural stone. Each vase in the collection is differently marked with unusual pattern and subtle colouring. The three minimal designs are all […]