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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The Trickster

The Trickster

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 .

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Red Kite

Red Kite

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

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New Ceramics

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The photos are of some new larger pieces for the Open Studios event at the end of this month . I am also having some of the previous smaller pieces cast in bronze ( with the assistance of Hilton Fine Art ) and these are an experiment in trying to increase the scale of the work . The smaller pieces usually start with a ball of newspaper but it doesb’t really work on a larger scale so I’m having to explore coil and slab and hollowing out . I’m also having fun trying to control the black slips and white slip washes .

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three more flat fish : Sun Fish

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 ?

Summer Sun

Wellingtonia Wood

Wellingtonia Wood

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and Finally

and Finally

May be its a Finally of Flat fish . As the eyes move from both sides to just the top . there is something very final about being flat

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the fish i thought was in the previous addittion

the fish i thought was in the previous addittion

took bloomin’ ages to do the spots .
I was looking at Jim Partridge’s work ( furniture )
He seems to get a much deeper burn . i think he puts his in the fire , where I only burn with a gas torch . Must be more adventurous

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