Stone

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 […]

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 […]

High Moor Goat

    Goat sculpture carved in High Moor Sandstone.      

Elementum Journal

  In the workshop – shaping and sculpting words for Elementum. Elementum is a beautiful and special journal of nature and story.   You’ll remember my discovering it recently here.  The founder and editor Jay Armstrong invited me to write a short piece for the journal’s online Nature Journals. What a wholeheartedly joyous experience, working with […]

Heads or Tails

  In the workshop today I’m working both – putting detail into beak and bottom! I’m aiming to carve out the feather shapes in particular, a little on the wings, but especially on this bird’s rather elongated tail – the rump feathers are called rectrices.  The primary role of these feathers is to assist with […]

Dappled stone

  Sunlight is filtering through the leaves and flower buds of my apple tree onto my stone as I work.  We’re caught in a hypnotizing play of mottled light and dancing soft shadow. I’m spellbound by the shifting shapes spotting the stone, mingling, pattern-forming and wish I could carve quickly enough to capture their outlines.  […]

Owl Sculpture – carving progress

  My owl sculpture is beginning to take shape – from the initial drawing on the stone I carved out the rough shape and it is now ready to have some detail and refining. It is when the owl’s real character will emerge and when I make sense of the irregular surface, carve in the […]