‘Bronze, Bone and Silence’

‘Bronze, Bone and Silence’

Reclaimed slate hearth stone, Cornish beach stones, wood. 37.2 x 23.1 x 17.0 cm.
Insertion of a short cist burial in a stone setting. The skeleton is a reflection upon burials such as those found at Newhaven in Edinburgh and Cladh Hallan in South Uist. The stones around are carved with cup and ring markings based on prominent constellations seen in the skies above Scotland during the four seasons (Orion in Winter, Leo in Spring, Cygnus in Summer and Perseus in Autumn). The style of cup and ring markings reflects those found at Ballymeanoch Stone Row and Nether Largie Standing Stones in Kilmartin Glen. Dimensions of the wooden base correspond to the Golden Ratio/Phi.
This was included in the ‘Shambhala at Shambellie’ exhibition at Shambellie House, New Abbey nr Dumfries (17th to 29th August 2017).

The Orion Stone

The Leo Stone

The Cygnus Stone

The Perseus Stone

Close up of the skeleton

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Women in Science Rock!

This stone will be making an appearance at two shows in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017!

Hand carved/enamelled and cut to enable it to sit on display. Made using a Cornish beach stone measuring 70 cm long by 22 cm high (and weighing around 13 Kg).

You can see it at the Scottish Superwomen of Science show on the 25th- 27th August (Venue 67, Valvona and Crolla) and at ‘Women, Science is Not For You III’ on the 25th August at Venue 7 (New Town Theatre);

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/women-science-is-not-for-you-iii

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/scottish-superwomen-of-science-minerva-scientifica

 

 

‘Sidereal Signs’

‘Sidereal Signs’ (39.5 x 13 cm).
Based on cup and ring markings from ‘the Runic Cross’ (Innerleithen), a cup and ring marked stone found at Lamancha in 1868 (now in the National Museum of Scotland) and a cup and ring marked stone found at Lyne in 1959 (now in Peebles Museum).

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

‘An Athame for the Leithen’

‘An Athame for the Leithen’ (20 x 3.5 cm). Slate from the disused quarry at Altarstone, Stobo. Wood from one of the old church pews from the Church of Scotland, Innerleithen. Blade carvings replicate the cup and ring markings from the so-called ‘Runic Cross’, now housed in the aforementioned church.

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

‘An Athame for the Tweed’

Slate, wood, wax twine (18 x 3 cm). Slate from the disused quarry at Altarstone, Stobo. Blade carvings replicate Mason’s marks found on Tweed Bridge and Neidpath Castle.

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

‘Manor Water Stones I and II’

‘Manor Water Stones I and II’. Hand made from stones collected from the Manor Water at Kirkton Manor, Peeblesshire.

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

‘Cutting Teeth I’

‘Cutting Teeth I’ (30 x 6 cm). Slate, sheep jawbone and pitch pine resin. Slate from the disused quarry at Altarstone, Stobo. Sheep jawbone found on the slopes of Lee Pen, Innerleithen. Pitch pine resin made traditionally using pine resin from Caberstone Forest, rabbit droppings from Thornielee Forest and charcoal from an old rowan tree in Innerleithen. Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

St Margaret’s Chapel Guild Presentation Plaque

A very special roof slate.
It was an honour to be asked to carve this presentation plaque for St Margaret’s Chapel Guild.

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St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building in Edinburgh (within Edinburgh Castle) dating back to the 12th Century. This slate was from the re-roofing in the mid-1800’s. Coat of arms measures 20 cm high and lettering on the scroll was 3 mm.

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