Sorry I haven’t updated my blog of late – I’ve been carving Mary Magdalen and making preparations for the commission which will follow, but writing my blog got pushed down the list of things to do. However I thought I’d just put up this photo before I sign off over the school holidays…
I say quick, but actually it’s taken me about 6 years; I only ever worked on it during my Stone Carving Workshops when (on the second or third day) the students had got the hang of carving and I needed to give them some space to get on with it. Also it can be very useful to hear a more experienced person’s hammer blows as this can help the novice fall into the correct rhythm, which in turn produces more even tool marks.
I often feel inspired by my students as they carve with such freshness – in contrast to my carefully planned approach. This was the first time I carved without a very firm idea of where I was going. However I was listening to, and keeping an eye on my students, so progress was slow and stilted and the half carved figure was almost a fixture in my workshop (students who came again and again over the years liked to play ‘Spot the Difference’).
Anyway, I recently thought ‘When if not now?!’, and so for better or for worse I finished it today and this is what my mum will find under the tree later this week :>)