This was a piece I made a few years ago, and was sitting on a shelf in my office. It was made using an approximately 300 year old Cornish roof slate.
I recently reworked, polished and enamelled the plaque (using metallic copper enamel to match the natural colours in the slate). This piece is currently on sale at The Hub on The High Street, Innerleithen.
This design is based on the cup, ring and channel carvings found on the east face of the so-called ‘Runic Cross’ in Innerleithen. However, there is little evidence to suggest it was a cross (and there are certainly no runes on the stone). In 1871, the stone was found during the demolition of an old church in Innerleithen, forming part of the foundations. Given its use as foundation material, this would suggest that the stone was deemed only fit for building material and many Christian sites used megaliths for this purpose, or were built directly on top of sacred sites.
A commission based on my original ‘Landing’ design, but the customer wanted a piece they could hang on their wall. Designed from images of corvids captured in the Scottish Borders, East Lothian and Cornwall.
Carved using a variety of diamond, tungsten and Foredom CeramCut Blue carving burrs (from 0.5 to 3.2 mm) as well as traditional hammer and chisel).
After material removal with hammer and chisel, and starting to carve texture into the background;
During the making of these two crow plaques, I documented the process of creating the pieces from reclaimed roofing slates. Hover over each image (or click to view full screen) for a short description of each stage. This was a time consuming process involving two machining stages to prepare the material, nine sanding and polishing stages and three different carving processes.
This cup and ring design is based on the Orion constellation and influenced by the rock art found in Kilmartin Glen. I make these regularly to keep up with demand (these four sold within a matter of weeks) and some are occasionally available to buy from my Etsy shop (or you can order direct- please use the contact form, or email email@example.com).