‘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
As I’ve had a lot of new likes over on Facebook and many more viewers of my blog, I wanted to share a bit about the background to creating my pieces and the things which inspire and drive me.
Practically all of the material I use is reclaimed/recycled or found. There’s more than enough natural material in existence without the need for more quarrying. I spend hours and days on beautiful beaches (mainly around Cornwall and East Lothian- the main image is from a recent trip to Tyninghame Beach in East Lothian) collecting gifts from the sea such as stones and driftwood. I also seek out disused slate quarries. These long-forgotten places offer up some beautiful natural pieces of slate. In addition, I collect piles of disused slate and stone whenever this is offered to me and have a collection of material ranging from reclaimed building cladding to snooker table bases.
My pieces are inspired by nature, archaeology, folklore, heritage and the magick of the British Isles- subjects which I have been fascinated with all of my life. As well as traditional designs, I also offer my own artistic and drawing skills and welcome commissions and ideas for pieces.
The Uffington White Horse from a magickal summer field trip I made in 2015 around many of the chalk hill figures of Southern England.
I hand carve and finish every piece- the only machines I use are Foredom, Proxxon and Dremel carvers and an industrial dust extractor. I also use traditional hammer and chisels. No CNC routers, computer designs, carvers or sand-blasters. Slate edges are filed by hand and the surfaces are hand-sanded with up to six grades of wet and dry paper. If the piece requires enamelling, this is also done by hand.
All of this is a time consuming process (a cheeseboard/trivet typically takes around three hours to create), but it’s important to me to offer *truly* hand-crafted and bespoke items which will last for centuries.
I am passionate about the natural materials I use and am given by the land.