Monthly Archives: January 2018


THE LOCKED HOUSE. very sad because a house is really a home, not just an investment.



THE BLUES. I love music although I don’t play anymore.  Music means a lot to young people, particularly young men, in many different ways.


LOCKED.  Says it all really.DSC_0336


FATHERHOOD. Lots of different interpretations for different people. It’s finished at a time of very depressing news reports, fatherhood is different to paternity.DSC_0306

TIME.  Take it as you like. I made the clock and then the figure took ages. Somehow I prefer the rough cut of these carvings and don’t want to smooth and polish these.DSC_0299

FAMILY TREE. The pressure of a family tree can sometimes be unbearable.


My favorite at present. For the young men who die feeling indestructible on the road.

INDESTRUCTABLE MALE.      Yes the electronic key is shaped like a coffin.DSC_0248LOCKER ROOM Makes a man cringe.

The knotted straps are for the group pressure in this environment.


I need a better photo, and maybe a recast.(mold is fine) This is for “beyond blue” or similar org. Also for the refugee cause I get reminded about by the wonderful Pat Waters who still believes in art for issues.


First one done. Used stainless steel in the centre of the mold, for the handle hole. The base/book is carved siltstone. Handle , carved pine, stained varnished.



Next stage in the “touched” theme involves casting. Will become more obvious later. The subjects I chose revolved around a loose theme of “masculinity” although they could relate to everyone.

My lack of experience shows. I made terra cotta models, wrapped in clay, but had to sit them in sand to hold up after I took the model out.  Hoping to use the clay molds more than once. The details in the key needed a plaster mold. Back to the books so we’ll see what turns out.

TOUCHED. 2018.


I took a carafe blown by Philp Stokes  with an engraved inscription, to display at Segue Stratford. I remember the other carafes and goblets that have had a personal connection to people. I love using them, with a smile, for the personal touch or connection myself. I found 5 goblets in an opp. shop that seemed to beg for inscriptions, and they also had a weighty balance, instinctive smooth know, and a size of dignified importance. Anyone who sees them wants to hold them, in an exploratory conversational way. To be touched in all ways. They have Leonard Cohen quotes.

BEING TOUCHED is all about connection. A physical connection, or an emotional connection that has an emotional reaction. There has to be a sharing of values, history, narrative. A certain amount of physical touching reinforces that emotional connection. Reassuring what you visually see as real. (not virtual reality) Reassuring connections as an animal may howl, sniff or touch.