Tag: Stone

Where do you get your stone from?

  A question that has come up quite a few times during my recent exhibitions and shows is ‘where do you get your stone from?’ Usually I exhibit a range of sculpture, carved in different stones and so I describe the quarries, countrywide, I have visited to collect stone blocks for working. Selecting stone is […]

Maltese quarry message

  When I saw the M&G Garden, winner of Best Show Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show it made me feel at home, all that stone and feeling as though I was at the quarry.  The designer, James Basson has created the dry, dusty, stony feel very well, with the planting looking to […]

Ferns from an Ancient Woodland

  As the chippings and shards fall away, ferns and plant life from another world scatter to the ground.  I’m trying to concentrate on carving, on my sculpture, but the stone transports me to ancient woodlands, pre-historic lush terrain, club mosses, fiddleheads and fronds.        

About January’s Garden

  From Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The  Canterbury Tales’  in the The Merchant’s Tale, about January’s garden –  such lovely words and I agree! He made a gardyn, walled al with stoon; So fair a gardyn woot I nowher noon. The whole section where these lines appear. This noble January, with all his might, Honourably, as does […]

Emotional Stone

  This is a drawing from around 1615 showing a stick wielding Inka encouraging the workers to pull harder on their ropes to move the great boulder of stone.  I was reminded of it when thinking about Erratic Stones. The stone is called a Sayk’uska, which means weary or tired in Quechua, and refers to […]

Erratic Stones

  And stones moved silently across the world hurled into an empty ship’s weightless hold folded into a glacier’s freezing mound quick-pocketed by tourists and children with an eye for things shiny and round. This is a poem by Alyson Hallett, from The Stone Library – and an extract below, where she is explaining how […]

Fine carving is …..

    “…fine carving is when one feels that not only the figure but the stone, through the medium of the figure, has come to life.” — Adrian Stokes