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Domboshawa Bird

  Domboshawa is a village north of Harare, Zimbabwe.  The village is named after a large granite hill near the village and there are several rock formations at the top of the hill which have been created by natural erosion.  One of these ‘balancing’ rocks is known as The Whale, because of its whale like […]

Crafted by Hand in Masham

  This weekend, on Sunday 2 July,  I’m exhibiting at Crafted by Hand in Masham.  The event is held between 10 am and 4 pm in the Town Hall in the centre of Masham, where there will be around 40 stalls, including jewellery, ceramics, glass, sculpture and printmaking. The theme for the event this year […]

Dove Sculpture in progress

  At the moment I’m making Dove shapes in Alabaster.  I love the curves and contentedness of resting birds, the softness and calm.  Alabaster I think is a good stone to convey this – allowing light, but not in detailed shapes, to pass through. Dove form diffused.          

Wildlife Moments

  Watching the busy birds and animals at my workshop and in the surrounding fields and countryside fills me with pleasure. Sometimes I’ve dedicated hours to it and seen nothing, and at other times everywhere I turn there’s spectacle and revelation. Those days of wildlife moments fill me to bursting with inspiration, with energy, to […]

Limestone Country

  Limestone Country is a meditation on how people live in a landscape, how they alter it, and how the landscape, in turn, shapes them.  It is also a love letter to a sedimentary rock, exploring how different communities around the world are bound together by their shared geology. Over the last few weeks of […]

North Yorkshire Open Studios 2017 comes to a close

  This morning I’m packing up and reflecting on the last two busy weekends of North Yorkshire Open Studios 2017.  Your visits and comments have made me very happy – thankyou. So many of you have talked of ‘wanting to touch’ and the ‘huggability’ of my stones – which is a lovely thing – and […]

Sculpture in the Garden – a map

  This afternoon I’ve been putting together a map, showing the locations of my sculpture in the garden – so if you’re visiting Nunnington Hall you won’t miss any! Just as I finished I got a call from a lady to say she’d been round the garden today and loved her visit, especially coming across […]

Sculpture in the garden at Nunnington Hall

  Here is Hedgehog in the Cutting Garden (which is also the vegetable garden) at Nunnington Hall. All the pieces arrived in the rain and wind, it was a very soggy setting up, but today they enjoyed the drying sunshine and look much happier. High Moor Goat surveys – looking out on a live willow […]

Lookout Bird

  Bird sculpture in sandstone. If you’re a Lookout Bird you need to be alert, have a long neck to stretch above the meadow grass for scanning, and possess  keenly watchful eyes.      

Hedgehog Sculpture

  Hedgehog sculpture carved in Yorkstone On average an adult hedgehog has around 5000-7000 spines – each one a hollow, stiff hair about an inch long.   A baby hedgehog naturally sheds its spines as the new, adult ones grow through, a process known as ‘quilling’. There is a little trail from one of my stone […]