Sculpture

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 […]

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 […]