Looking forward to the Open Studios Event once again this year . Starts on the 23rd of May until the 31st
I’ve been invited by Torpoint Community School to carve a scuplture in memory of a popular and inspirational teacher , Richard Feast . The photos are of maquettes which I have made in clay . The sculpture will be made from Cornish Granite and will be 5ft tall (1.5m ) The John Dory was his favourite fish . A good choice as it has lots of extravagant fins and makes a good subject for sculpture . It is going to be a bit of a challenge but I’m really looking forward to it .What a smashing thing to be asked to do
I have been making Joy Grenades so why not Bird Bombs
I made this as a maquette for a commission . I was trying to create a bit of form and mass to something which could be quite flat . I have discovered that the prefered fish is a John Dory . Lots of extravagant fins .
As this will be carved in granite , it will be a bit of a challenge . I shall make the fish part of the plinth , all in one , so I will be able to take a few liberties with the fins .
A small maquette for a commission
I was playing with making patterns on a series of little bird sculptures and made these which seem to create something like a grenade , perfect for holding and possibly throwing . I was listening to Chris Packam , naturalist and broadcaster , on desert island discs and he described his dogs as being like ” joy grenades ” and the two thoughts came together . A little bird in a bush , singing , is a joy .
This is a ceramic sculpture I’ve made for the show I am having at my house as part of the Cornwall Open Studio event .
It would appear to me that Badgers take the form of a trickster figure in rural British life .
With in the TB debate they are seen as the cause of a great many ills in the fortunes of farmers . The truth of the matter does not seem to be resolved and ther are inaccuracies in both sides of the debate . My Uncle Dan , a Welsh hill farmer , used to believe they were responsible for many things like eating new born lambs and flattening fields of corn . They do of course live in the bowels of the earth , some where on the journey to hell and come out in the dark at a time when most of us are asleep . perhaps they live in our sub-conscious dreams , in a place we are not sure of .
This is an 8 foot carving of a Red Kite I made for the Wallaces near Reading . The Beech Tree had to be cut down and they wanted something creative to come out of what was a very sad event . This is situated just outside their fence and so can be seen ( enjoyed? ) by the neighbours and visitors to the area . It was a very intense but very happy week . I think I was spoiled rottten by the Wallaces . Oh , and there were Red Kites every where , bloomin marvelous
I enjoyed making the three previous flat fish so much I thought I would continue the experiment .Its mostly about the sufaces of the wood , the colours achieved with different waxes and the arrangement of spots . With Setting Sun , the red one , I tried to use spiral phylotaxis , I discovered that what worked on a flat surface needs to be translated to function on the curved surface of the fish , a bit of trial and error .
Its an interesting question as to what they stand on . These are quite simple but I think I would like to apply those designs I have tried on the ceramic fish . Although I love creating those perfect surfaces the hand made finish of the ceramic fish could be an interesting proposition when applied to wood . I’ve been looking at the work of Sven Berlin and he achieves a great deal of life in his carvings although his craftsmanship , in the light of modern carvers , is slightly sketchy . Does Craft interfere with Art ?