The Christmas Cracker is about 34cm long, and will open to reveal a 10cm by 4cm interior space. Something to keep for presenting special gifts, perhaps.
My penguins have been slightly updated, and I have been adding the new variant to my Christmas displays – which can be seen at the workshop (ring 07714 106 649 to arrange a time), and at Fire and Iron in Leatherhead.
The heron is a sculpture I first made many years ago, but which I have now redesigned and updated. It is an elegantly shaped bird, naturally sculptural, and I’m happy with the way my version captures this. I make several sizes but I think the most effective is slightly larger than life, so his imposing presence stands out a little more in your garden. (This might also help intimidate real herons into not trying to steal the fish from your pond… but I offer no guarantee it works!)
My new bee (March 2019) is larger than you might expect: 24cm from antennae to tail, 30cm across the wing-tips. That’s ten inches by twelve. However, I’m very pleased with his solid and chunky feel; a bee should be quite robust, compared with the fragile structure of a mosquito or dragonfly. The veined iridescent wings are a new technique. One thing to consider is that this level of detail takes time: therefore he’s never going to be a low-priced work, and a smaller simplified version probably would not work as well – the detail is what makes him so good.
This is a larger version of my Hop Bine, created in response to a commission. The extra two tendrils, with extra flowers and leaves, extend the piece to four feet in width, but I am pleased to have retained the graceful elegance of the design.
The hollyhock is from 2018. The level of detail in the leaves, the buds and the flowers combine to make this a demanding piece. However, anything less simply doesn’t look right. The darkness of the foliage contrasts with the rich red flower colour, which is achieved through heating and quenching each bloom. A good coating of lacquer ensures that the colour will stay strong, even when kept outdoors all the year round. It is six feet tall.
My giant crab from 2018 is my newest large creature, but his smaller cousins have been on the loose for several years. The crab is nearly five feet across, and I’m pleased the claws have retained their snippy menace on this scale.
He has now scuttled off to his new home – but I would relish the chance to make another.