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Gathering materials

I have been out at Ilam Hall in Derbyshire today. I am working on a project in conjunction with Fine Art students from the University of Derby and The National Trust. Later in April the students will be spending a week making site specific sculptures in the landscape around the hall.

Today was spent coppicing hazel that some of the students may use in their sculptures.


Attenborough nature reserve, near Nottingham is a short drive from my studio. Just before Christmas I spent a couple of very cold days there drawing from the hides. Many birds were using the reserve to feed and rest in the harsh conditions, in particular cormorants. This is the first made from those drawings, it has been fired once ( a biscuit firing), and here it is coloured with oxides and a little glaze, ready for a second firing.

Silver swan completed

You may remember me writing about a year ago of my collaboration with silversmith Anthony Elson to model a swan for The Bishop of Lincoln, (you can read the full story here). My task was to model the swan in clay, after which it would be cast by Anthony in silver before being mounted on the end of a silver staff. This will be used by The Bishop during ceremonies at the cathedral. So it is now finished, and turned out rather well!

Polar Bears

This is one of a series of polar bears that I have just started - several are sleeping, others are on icebergs!