Baaasingstoke Sheep ( sorry !)

After some months of planning and making these Hampshire Down Sheep , carved in Oak have now been sited at the former Beechdown School site in Basingstoke .

Source: Baaasingstoke Sheep ( sorry !)

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Basingstoke sheep

2 New sheep for Baaasingstoke . Hampshire Downs Sheep if you were wondering

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Granite John Dory

After some months work , I have now completed the John Dory , in granite . It will be placed at Torpoint Community College and is a memorial for a very popular teacher , Richard Feast .
It has been fantastic to work with Cornish Granite again and a great honour to be asked to do this commission IMG_0711

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Open Studio Now Open

If nothing else , I’ve tidied the shed !

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Open Studios Ahead

Looking forward to the Open Studios Event once again this year . Starts on the 23rd of May until the 31st

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John Dory

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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

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Bird Bomb

I have been making Joy Grenades so why not Bird Bombs

Bird Bomb

Bird Bomb

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Gilt Head Bream

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 .

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Sea Bass

A lovely commission from a client . It has enabled me to increase the size of the ceramics I normally make and to find ways to join the separate elements . I was able to use a new indigo slip which I had initially made for a student at college . I was also a challenge to make a template for the scales . It might not seem much to some but improvements are a step by step process . It aslo arrived safely , in one piece although city link went bust the day after

A lovely commission from a client . It has enabled me to increase the size of the ceramics I normally make and to find ways to join the separate elements . I was able to use a new indigo slip which I had initially made for a student at college . I was also a challenge to make a template for the scales . It might not seem much to some but improvements are a step by step process .
It aslo arrived safely , in one piece although city link went bust the day after

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Joy Grenade

Joy Grenade

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 .

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