A recent delightful commission was to create a wedding stone for Katy who is to marry Rob. The stone was to carry the young people’s names and the date of the wedding plus a suitable inscription. It was Katy’s mother who on the way home from my studio came up with the apt words ‘to have and to hold’. I made sure that ‘to have’ was under Katy’s name – Rob got the ‘to hold’.
Katy and Rob’s stone
To have and to hold
I have recently completed a commission for a plaque for the Ullswater Way to commemorate Thomas Clarkson.
Clarkson who played a significant part in the movement for the abolition of slavery in this country lived for a time at Pooley Bridge, a village at the top end of Ullswater (a large lake in Cumbria’s Lake District). To help the abolition movement the Wedgwood factory produced and widely distributed medallions made of black jasper-ware showing a bas-relief of a kneeling slave in chains and the words “am I not a man and a brother?”
The plaque that I have produced is based on that medallion. The above quotation was carved in a suitable piece of slate. A bas-relief of a kneeling slave was modelled in clay, then cast in plaster. That cast was mounted on the slate and a silicone mould was then made from which I cast the final version in black-pigmented, slate-filled resin.
The plaque has now been installed by the lakeside close to the house where Thomas Clarkson lived.
The following images show some of the processes involved and the unveiling of the plaque with some of the descendants of the Clarkson family.
Patterdale Post Office
This Post Office and village store was the first shop to sell copies of Alfred Wainwright’s guidebooks. I was recently commissioned to create a plaque to commemorate that.
The letters were carved into a piece of Kirkstone green slate in keeping with the Lakeland context.
Patterdale Post Office plaque
News of further commissions and of what else is going on in the studio will be in the next update.
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