Claywork for Saint John the Baptist
Claywork for the Virgin and Child
I am extremely privileged to be working on a prestigious commission to produce two sculptures, each two metres high, for the tower of the beautiful church of St. John Baptist in Cirencester; one of the Baptist, and the other of the Virgin and Child. Entitled "Project Blackjack", the commission is for the replacement of two stone sculptures removed from niches half-way up the tower in the 1960s, because they had become dangerous. They were also blackened with age, which is probably why the street beneath the statue of St. John became, over the years, known as Blackjack Street. Details of my intentions and a continuing record of progress can be seen by clicking here, or by visiting the church's website dedicated to the project, http://www.projectblackjack.org.uk/ or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CirenBlackJack/ . It is envisaged that installation will take place in August 2021, for a dedication on 5th Sepember.
Last year, I completed a private commission for an African elephant. At 10" high by 14" long, the challenge was to produce something relatively small which would convey the power and strength of the animal, and at the same time,with a creature of such bulk, to introduce sufficient rhythm of form to suggest life and movement.
The eminent conservator Lucy Branch, whose company Antique Bronze looks after many of the most important bronze sculptures in London, including Nelson's Column, Eros and the Albert Memorial, has recently interviewed me.This can be heard on Lucy's website, Sculpture Vulture, which contains references to her work and interests, together with podcast links and transcripts of other interviews.