Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design

18 August, 2019 – 12:42 pm

The exhibition started on Saturday and thankfully the sun was out which made up for a very soggy private view the evening before.

I was very excited to see my pieces set up outside and here are a few images that I took yesterday.

My pieces outside in the garden are between two beautiful wooden benches.

 

Thankfully the sunshine encouraged people into the garden and there were some lovely compliments from the visitors. 

the magnificent tree behind served as a beautiful backdrop to my carvings.

And finally one of my most admired carvings of my broken seashells.

I also have 3 smaller pieces inside;   

and finally my small abstract seashell; 

 

The exhibition is on until the 26th August which is the Bank Holiday Monday. I will be stewarding on Saturday 24th and Monday 26th if you would like to visit and have a chat. (Click on the ‘visit’ and it will take you to the CCD website with directions and all the information that you will need.)

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A new War Memorial

12 August, 2019 – 9:08 pm

Last October I was asked to design a new War Memorial for Mitcheldean and Abenhall in the Forest of Dean. In june I was finally able to submit my drawings for a double sided stone carving.

I will be using Forest of Dean sandstone, One side commemorating the first World War will feature a half life size relief carving of a member of this community who served in the great war, and the names of the fallen soldiers. On the other side there will be a half life size carving of a second World war soldier and the names of the soldiers who gave their lives. I am hoping that the council will be able to provide me with an image of someone from the community that I can carve. There will be a dedication around the bottom all the way around and the line from the poem will appear on both sides at the top.

”At the going down of the Sun and in the morning We will remember them’

The piece of stone will be 6ft out of the ground, 4ft wide and 9 inches thick. There will also be poppies carved around the bottom of the stone. It will be in Cross Garden in Mitcheldean.

There is plenty of fundraising to do and if you are interested in making a contribution please get in touch and I can forward you to the relevant person.

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Have a go at stonecarving

5 August, 2019 – 9:21 am

Have a go at stone carving is on today (5th August) in my studio from 10.30 – 12.30 and 13.45 – 16.30. It costs just £15 and you get to carve a roughly 4 inch square piece of limestone from Tetbury, which you can take home with you.

I start you off by helping you carve your initial on one side, this is also your practice side then we turn it over and you carve a design of your choice on the other side. I give you as much or as little help as you need as everyone’s ability is different.

Last week I had an angel, a heart, a horseshoe and a beautiful tropical fish among other ideas carved.

After today due to my work schedule my next activity day isn’t until the 29th August.

I also offer 1 hr slots or 2 day carving classes which are bookable at your leisure

 

 

 

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SALE 2019

26 July, 2019 – 8:30 am

I am having a sale to make space for my new carvings. I am also taking part in an exhibition next month and I need to cover some costs associated with this.

The exhibition is The celebration of Craftsmanship and design in Cheltenham. This takes place from the 17th to the 26th August. There is an exhibitors fee and the cost of new pieces of stone for my new sculptures. I would also like to get some brochures printed that people can take away with them.

There is the opportunity to buy my sculptures at this event and hopefully I will make a sale or pique someone’s interest enough to commission me to carve something for them but until this time I need to raise money to pay for things in advance.

These carvings which I have designed and hand carved out of the finest limestone have been selected as it is time that they found a new home to make space for my new carvings.

This Green man is hand-carved out of Portland limestone, he is ornamented with acorns for his beard and eyes with Oak leaves creating the rest of his face. He is massively reduced from £1200 to £650. He is 13.5 x 12.5 x 3 inches with a base measuring 15.75 x 12 x 2 inches, secured with stainless steel dowels, he could be built into a wall but his plinth makes him suitable for freestanding in your home or garden.

Here’s my beautiful Beastie, inspired by a Chinese Dragon dog with his Mandarin style beard. He is reduced from £950 to £500 and is hand-carved out of a piece of Tetbury limestone measuring 7 x 7 x 7 x 12 inches. He would work brilliantly outside but I’d have him guarding one of my rooms.

 

My cheeky Grotesque is hand-carved out of a 5 x 7 x 8 inch piece of Tetbury limestone. He is reduced from £385 to £200. He would look great in your home and would make you smile every time you looked at him but would look just as good nestled amongst some flowers in you garden.

 

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Recent sculptures

25 June, 2019 – 9:27 pm

I have been working on a series of new sculptures for the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design. I am displaying 8 sculptures which will be available to buy at this exhibition in Cheltenham. It takes place from the 17th to the 26th August at the Thirlestaine Gallery on Bath Road.

They are in the most part inspired by my visit to the Ice Age exhibition that I saw 5 yrs ago but as my ideas develop they are taking on a fern shape as a result of some ideas I was drawing for a potential garden sculpture.

I find damaged seashells fascinating as I can see the spiral and curves inside.

I have a lengthy commission list, so as well as these new sculptures I am carving my way through a diverse selection of orders. The Fern and the Owl are both commissions, as well as some house signs and carved words.

This week I will be finishing my family group carving and completing some more letter carving commissions.

Next on my banker, there will be a piece for a broken seashell roughly 8 x 8 x 12 and my Mother’s love sculpture which will stand 28 inches high.

 

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