Sculpture

In the Workshop today – ferns

  After carving Gold Leaf  I’ve had many requests to carve similar pieces, with a variety of leaves, sprigs, flora and fauna.  This one delicately describes the unfurling of fern fronds.  Here I’m drawing onto the stone in preparation for carving, trying to get the very specific way ferns hold themselves to fit onto the […]

Hare Sculpture

  Showing some of the stages of carving my Hare sculpture in Portland Limestone.  The shape is roughed out and I’m just drawing lines to refine the outline and details in the head. A Hare is so lithe and wild that in this stylised sculpture I have to get the flow and balance perfect, to […]

Botanical Sculpture – pod series

  There’s nothing more I like than polishing a sculpture once all the surface sanding and preparation has been done. It is the moment when the colours and richness of the stone are revealed to surprise and astonish. For this pod I selected a serpentine stone, knowing it was green, but ultimately its true colours, […]

Plant Shapes

  My foray into the extraordinary detail and beauty of plant shapes and seeds in particular continues – what remarkable tiny and exotic representations of nature they are. From the pod stem swells a bursting body, with lip, a curved edge as opening out of which the seed will disperse. This simple single pod, holding […]

The Beauty of Form in Nature

One of my favourite books is Nature as Designer – A Botanical Art Study by Bertel Bager. I have stared countless times at the astonishing photographs in the book and always thought how sculptural the fruits, flowers, seeds and cones appear. Each photograph is accompanied by a write-up about the plant in question, with fascinating […]

Handmade Oxford

  Handmade Oxford – the International Contemporary Arts Festival is my next exhibition.  Preparations, and putting finishing touches to pieces are keeping me busy here and I’m very much looking forward to showing my new sculpture. The Festival is being held at Waterperry Gardens from the 27th to 30th June 2019 10 am – 6 […]

Trefurl sculpture

    I’ve called this piece Trefurl – actually  it is a made up word which sprang to mind as a small deviation from ‘trefoil’. The Trefoil is a small European plant of the pea family with yellow flowers and three lobed, clover-like leaves. The word Trefoil has also come to mean an ornamental feathering […]

Owlet Sculpture

  The Barn Owlets I watched last year left a huge impression, and continue to influence my sculpture. When finding somewhere to roost Barn Owls favour dilapidated, or near derelict buildings.  Perhaps this is because they are usually uninhabited and undisturbed. They have favourite places to perch too, returning to the same spot on the […]

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, […]

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 […]