Big birds in the studio for a Cape Town water cascade. Lovely commission to make a Grey Heron and two Blue Cranes to go with the Geometric Tortoise - all local wildlife in South Africa. big plaster birds heading off to the foundry any day.

I have a new gallery in Paris, Galerie Vivendi in Place des Vosges. They have taken my Fat Cat, Polished Vixen and Black Poodle. In the window looking out onto the Places des Vosges!

 

I am researching a new commission, a sculpture of a polar bear, walking or standing still, not full size but nice and big. Looking forward to starting next week.

Just back from the beautiful Casa Berti in Tuscany where I will be teaching a sculpture course in March next year. A lovely grand villa surrounded by olive groves. For more information have a look at the facebook page or website. The course will be about modeling directly in wax, with a view to casting in bronze by the lost-wax-method, at a local Italian foundry. There will be a day trip to Pietra Santa to visit a foundry, a museum and a commercial  sculpture studio.

 

Meanwhile the Hedgehog has gone to the Campden Gallery, the Stag has gone to the Elemental Sculpture Park...

Emma Hill took my Hedgehog to the Multiplied art fair at Christies this month. This piece is a casting extravaganza, it took me 3 days to roll all the individual spines out of wax and attach them to the original bald plaster hedgehog, then the rubber mould was made at Bronze Age, but pouring a wax into it without bubbles proved impossible, so after 4 or 5 attempts I spent another 3 days rolling new direct-wax spines and sticking them onto the hollow wax hedgehog that had come out of the rubber mould more or less prickle-free. The wax hedgehog was soft-shelled and came out well in bronze, but there was still a lot of escaped bronze to remove form the piece, so altogether a great deal of work. Not that you can really tell. Anyway it means that it is in a low edition number, and each piece is a mixture of a cast and a one...

Summer Show at the Royal Academy, showing a set of 5 sheep heads and a goat, and a bronze Snake. All 12 Snakes sold, and now I am making and delivering them to their new homes. One is going to Australia, the rest seem to be staying in England.

 

I am making a new Fat Cat influenced by the Chinese sculptor Li Chen, whose patinas are particularly lovely. And thinking of re-casting my White Gazelle and patinating it black this time too.

It's the end of the out door sculpture showing season and my studio has filled up with all the large works coming home to roost. Eddie Powell at the Sculpture Park in Surrey has taken the Large Black Sow and Iron Stag, The Campden Gallery in Chipping Campden has another Iron Stag, the Sitting Boar and the Ravens plus lots of smaller work. But I still have the White Donkey, so if anyone would like to house him for the winter, please get in touch...

 

Showing with Lucy Campbell at Lapada and Winter Olympia Art and Antiques this autumn I have sold a couple of pairs of...

New White Donkey cast in fibreglass with a marble gel coat. Inspired by a lovely gleaming angel in some dark woods we saw on Vassivière Island in Limousin. Now in Hatfield House Gardens at the Great British Sculpture Show until 30th September. With the cast Iron Stag, Large Black Sow, a pair of Ravens and Sitting Boar. I also have a pair of Shags in the Sir Harold Hiller Gardens Art in the Garden show and a couple of sheep heads in The New Georgians exhibition at...

New White Donkey cast in fibreglass with a marble gel coat. Inspired by a lovely gleaming angel in some dark woods we saw on Vassivière Island in Limousin. Now in Hatfield House Gardens at the Great British Sculpture Show until 30th September. With the cast Iron Stag, Large Black Sow, a pair of Ravens and Sitting Boar. I also have a pair of Shags in the Sir Harold Hiller Gardens Art in the Garden show and a couple of sheep heads in The New Georgians exhibition at...

I have 5 pieces in a figurative sculpture show in the beautiful gardens of Hatfield House -  http://www.lovesculpture.uk.com/ - opening on April 5th and running till September 30th, the Iron Stag, this large recumbent Black Sow, the sitting Wild Boar, a pair of Ravens and my new White Donkey in GRP (fibreglass) with a marble powder resin gelcoat. There are over 70 pieces by 22 sculptors, so do come if you are passing by, it's just off the A1(M) or 20 minutes by train from Kings Cross. http://www.hatfield-...

Recently I have been working on and installing a couple more Iron Stags. This piece in cast in iron by James Hoyle and Son at the Beehive Foundry in Andrew's Road in Hackney. There are nine parts to the pattern which I made originally in clay and cast in glass fibre reinforced plaster. The plaster pieces are sand cast in SG iron and have to be ground back to fit together and then drilled for stainless steel bolts. Expensive D-shaped wedge profile washers, only available from the marvelous Clerkenwell Screws seem to be the main component of each of the thirteen fixings which hold the stag together. On grass there needs to be a cemented and buried iron frame underneath the legs to stop it moving, falling, subsiding or being stolen. So installation requires a...