Stone

Stonescape

    Off-cuts getting on nicely. Such a pretty gathering of Alabaster, Soapstone and red Sandstone.      

Four Feathered

  My latest bird sculpture is called Four Feathered and carved in Tadcaster Limestone. This stone just loves the moorland colours, soft light and peaty shadows, which are the magic of the North York Moors at this time of year.  Here Four Feathered sits filled with heather hues cast from the spreading purple, and blooms […]

A slither of swallow

  Well actually a slither of slate carved into a swallow – though this is the shape I see as they fly past my head and into the shed to their nest on the rafter.  Yesterday I heard the faintest chirp, more like a wheeze, and eventually discovered the source.  A tiny, wobbly, thin-necked, fresh-hatched […]

I love having stone in stock

  Today I took delivery of a pallet full of Hazeldean Sandstone from Hutton Stone – a couple of the blocks are for sculpture I’ve been commissioned to carve, and the rest will go into stock.  I’m absolutely thrilled with the markings in these pieces! I love the feeling of being surrounded by stone – […]

Windswept

    Feeling much like this today!        

Harvestman Stone

  Pulling a slab of stone away from this block revealed an army of Harvestmen.  It doesn’t seem to be known why they congregate in such huge numbers – but there they were, tangling and falling over each other as they scurried out of my way. Though they look very much like spiders, having eight […]

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.          

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 […]