Here are the small horses, patinated in silver. They are about 60cm long and 52cm high. I am still carving the wooden calf in my studio, and it still has no head, but I think the legs are getting there. Never again, it's certainly back to plaster soon. Knowing you can only remove material and not replace it if you change your mind in horribly inhibitting. Looking forward to the gilding though. 

Another trip to France and more lovely calves, this one, a Normande, was born an hour or so before we found it, on a Pont l"Eveque cheese farm in Normandy, he is a twin and rather small. Calves there seem to get about half a day with their mother and then are housed separately in little stalls in the farm yard, where you can stroke them and draw them and even take a few handy measurements. I am still working on the Golden Calf wood carving, it's going quite slowly. I have invested in some vicious wood carving grinder discs from America called folksy romantic things like 'Lancelot', 'Squire' and 'Holey Galahad', lethal and very dusty. I have finally finished the two small bronze horses at the foundry, they took quite a lot of metal...

I seem to have missed April and May! Well now it is summer and I have started a wood carving for a change. The Tulip wood has arrived in nice wide planks, 70mm and 48mm thick, though these are sold as 75 and 50mm, so I have had to re-jig the patterns I've drawn out a little. I am gluing them together with a foaming polyurethane adhesive which reacts to water, so cannot, it seems, be washed off the fingers. I am band-sawing out rough leg and body shapes, surrounded by clamps and weights and sawdust. I've sharpened my chisels and am really nearly ready to start. It is going to be a Golden Calf. Mark Adlington took me to his beautiful house in Lozère where the farm next door has a host of golden Aubrac calves, all ages and sizes, in a yard, a barn and flower filled meadows. So I have enough material. Gary says he can do the gold leafing, if I can cede that much control. The foundry has cast the small plaster horses I was making a couple of months ago in wax and they are waiting for...

On Friday I am hiring a van to go back up to Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire to retrieve my large Black Sow from the Campden Gallery and transport her to Jagged Art in Marlebone. She weighs about a hundred and sixty kilos, I think, so I have found and rubber padded a sturdy little trolly to make the gallery exit a little easier. On the way in I had to bribe a handy couple of glass fitters from a van in the street to help lift, as Gary, Andy, Guy and I were altogether too feeble and the sculpture too curvy and smooth to manage. The doors at either end of the trip are narrow and have a small step, so really not the easiest for ridiculously heavy and oddly shaped sculpture. The exhibition opens at Jagged Art on Wednesday 21st at 6.30pm, so please come if you read this in time.

Meanwhile I have just submitted 3 photographs each of 2 sculptures to the Royal Academy for the entry competition to the Summer Show. This year it is apparently a 'Salon' style exhibition, so they...

Cold fingers, luckily plaster is warm. I am making two small horses, one turning, partly as possible maquettes for a full size version (another, more of a Stubbs race horse this time), partly to explore this scale - spindly legs don't work too well in plaster, so it is a little frustrating, but a satisfying size; big enough to work on, a proper armful, and delicate enough to want to make perfect. The first Emma Bridgewater cat is moulded and slip cast. My show with the Campden Gallery is still up and Andrea at Jagged Art wants to show the big black sow in her window in March, in Marylebone, so that is all good. It is time to enter the Royal Academy Summer Show, so send off for your entry forms... I am thinking of submitting a sculpture of a rabbit and perhaps a cat. As they are saying "in contrast to some of the very large works that are currently exhibited in museums worldwide, this year we shall be focusing upon, and celebrating, works of a more modest size." and what could be...

Happy New Year!

Back in the studio and still tinkering with a set, well two pairs, of cats for the Emma Bridgewater factory. One pair crouching and the other sitting. They are a similar size to the dogs I made last year, just less than life-size, maybe 2/3rds, about 11 inches high. Made in grey clay which is hard to see detail in after 3pm in this dark month with dark weather, even with all my lights on.

I am wondering whether to start a new big skinny Stubbs-ish horse, as soon as I have got the little cats off to Stoke on Trent for moulds to be made. And a quite bulky cast iron sow and piglets, in pieces, cluttering up the floor, off to Trowbridge for welding together. There is also a large camel in parts in moulds filling up one end of the room and an unfinished tree to resolve.

Another thing to sort out is where the big black sow is going to go when the show is over in Chipping Campden - it has been extended to mid-january - Guy will keep quite a lot of...

This month I am getting ready for two exhibitions. First I have a few pieces in a new gallery opening in Axminster between Devon and Dorset, The Marle Gallery opens on saturday 26th November, so please come if you are anywhere near. This week I am delivering them my big wooden Antelope, made of recycled teak mostly, glued and carved, with pebble eyes and leaded hooves, with a highly polished bronze Vixen and Sitting Terrier, and the Emma Bridgewater white Whippets.

Then my much bigger show at the Campden Gallery in Chipping Campden, Glos. This one opens on 3rd December, and will have my new big Black Sow. I want to show her lying on a low plinth, with some piglets on smaller tall plinths around her. There will also be the cast iron Stag, which requires a small and very heavy crane to get the pieces up and bolted together, so I will be hiring a van and driving Gary and Andy there to help. There should be about twenty other pieces at the exhibition too, including two new...

At the moment I am working on two small clay Staffordshire cats for the Emma Bridgewater Factory. We have already collaborated on three pairs of Staffordshire Figure dogs; Terriers, Poodles and Whippets. A specially produced limited edition pair of unglazed Whippets will be at the Multiplied Art Fair at Christies in London this week with Emma Hill at the Eagle Gallery stall. Go in if you are passing: 14th - 17th October, Old Brompton Street, all sorts of editions...

I am in and out of the foundry getting ready for my show at The Campden Gallery in Chipping Campden in early December. There is a little more metal work and quite a bit of patination still to go, and a couple of pieces still only at the wax check stage. I'm also intending to show the cast iron stag again, so I have had poor Andy drilling and bolting while I work the little crane and groan and sigh and shout.

Also looking forward to the opening of a new gallery in Axminster where I will have a few pieces in...