July: These colourful gilded creatures are new additions to my 'studio collection'. Deeply engraved, they are inlaid with 22ct gold leaf and pink silver leaf. They are currently for sale at the CAA gallery , the Ferrers Gallery until the 4th of September, and the Gallery at Waterperry Gardens. I make more as they are sold or ordered direct, but no two are ever alike. They are priced at £150 wherever you buy one. Only fair!
I'm in a bit of a hiatus at the moment waiting to go back to Germany for the opening of my first solo show. I've had my head down in my studio since January making more than two dozen pieces for "mirror mirror" at the Eisch Gallery and only now getting back to a normal way of working.
I am finding it helpful to distinguish my 'studio collection' pieces from my more ... how shall I say ... arty emotional work. I think the two sides of my practice will become even more separated as I have ideas brewing ...
I often suspect that engraved work is a little 'quiet' and consequently it is difficult to ask a price which reflects the many hours of work and the skill required to produce good engraving by hand. I am realising that size matters, and may be key in giving people confidence in investing in a piece of my work. Consequently, my show will include several substantial 6.5kg optical crystal blocks which are certainly not shrinking violets! Let's see if they make an impact, and not only by dropping one on your foot.