TEXTure show final preparations

TEXTure opens on Friday and we’re looking forward to setting up and seeing it all in situ. There will be around forty pieces in the show, some simple sculptural forms and some large and detailed pieces. Materials in the show include slate, limestone, sandstone, rock crystal, glass, resin and metal. Here’s the latest poster and the launch invitation, please come along at some point if you can.

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Texture show media explosion

Our show entitled ‘texture’ is getting quite a lot of support in the press recently. It started with the real spiderman in Norwich,  this was then noticed by Beyoncé, who was shopping in Anglia Square, and local hero Ed Sheeran was also passing through. Then Justin Bieber jumped on the bandwagon, but went a step further (perhaps he got a little carried away) I do admire his spontaneity, but wonder if he’ll regret including the dates after the event. I wonder who will be the next celebrity to support us!?

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TEXTure exhibition update

Hello – here are a few more images of work for our show TEXTure coming up in May. See poster below for details. The launch event is on Friday 27th May from 6.30-8pm. We hope to see you there!

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Moleanos limestone and glass

we drove to Cumbria yesterday to install a stone in Carlisle cemetery. It was an experimental piece with raised carvings showing that Daniel (PODGE) was very into his bicycles, and also incorporating a glass element, which really brings the stone to life. The glass was made to order as a one-off by Joseph Harrington,  glass sculptor.

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Conquered it, finally

Hi! I have a tendency to design things that are a bit tricky to make, keeping myself on my toes! The latest is a commission, a Welsh slate bowl which will feature a circular inscription, raised horse chestnut leaf and conker. The last conker fell apart in the making, due to a rather weak layer in the slate, but today I finally finished the second one, phew. It will be attached with a stainless steel dowel. When the lettering is cut and the job finished I’ll post more pictures.

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Moleanos limestone memorial

I have been working on this stone, and the glass insert is now in place. I like the way the light brings the memorial to life. ‘Podge’ was really into bicycles, so I incorporated the cogs to show this.

Kilkenny limestone in situ

Back in December I wrote a blog about this sculpture made using kilkenny limestone. Well I now have pictures of it in situ thanks to my client. I made a similar sculpture over 10 years ago which was in the same material (see bottom image), but quite different in that it is well grounded and bottom heavy. This is obviously more top heavy. I wanted to push this idea and make something that looked poised, or as if it were balancing. Then we had the idea of having it installed in a sleeve so it can be rotated. The client is an engineer/builder so he did a lot of the work on this, and installed the stone himslef using block and tackle and scaffolding. He tells me it can be turned using one finger! I love the idea of it being both solid and movable. It is a very tactile piece with polished areas and rough clawed surfaces. It is also fun for the kids!

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Some recent work

After a busy time in the workshop Dan and I have been installing a few stones. Below are some pictures. The first few are York stone, and the bottom ones are Westmorland slate.

Syderstone
York stone, Syderstone church, Norfolk
Holt
York stone, Holt church, Norfolk
East Horsley
York stone, East Horsley, Surrey
East Horsley
York stone, East Horsley, Surrey
Bale
York stone, Bale church, Norfolk
Bale
York stone, Bale church, Norfolk
Burton Joyce
Honister slate (riven) Burton Joyce, Notts.
Burton Joyce
Honister slate (honed) Burton Joyce, Notts.