‘Custard Dream’ 

A life size custard Cream biscuit, hand carved in Portland Limestone, and stained with tea leaves. Probably the most widely recognised piece of decorative foliate ornament in modern times. (and I got to eat the whole the pack while I worked). 

Strawberry Hill Stone shields Diary

Day 1

1st December 2010

Loosely roughing out forms

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Day 2

2nd December 2010

Developing detail, focusing on the mane and face. Paws are very tricky.

Liking the deranged expression.

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Day 3

Focusing on axe detail and flow of the mane

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Day 4

The Strawberry Flower crown and musculature

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Day 5

Cleaning up, undercutting and concentrating on catching light and shadow when lit from above

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And here are the other two!

 

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And here they are after I have installed them above the main entrance at Strawberry Hill in Twickenham.

 

Frozen Lake

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Medieval Alabaster panels

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I have removed and cleaned these delicate Medieval Alabaster panels, they are the consistency of soap.

No water can be applied when cleaning as Alabaster breaks down into Gypsum. when in contact with water.

They were moved from their original positions in the 19th century, the walls of Strawberry Hill were x-rayed to find their original 18th century niches.

I will re-install them in their proper place at a later date, when they will be distempered.

Papier Mache Ceiling Repairs

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These pictures show the mould making and production of papier mache repairs to the great gallery ceiling at Strawberry Hill Mansions.

We spent a long time experimenting with historic ingredients before achieving a mix which was strong light and flexible enough, lovely stuff like Allum, Shellac, Whiting and Rabbit Skin glue.

The papier machet is then painted and gilded

St George’s Chapel Grotesque

‘A banker in a strong wind’.

This is a clay sketch, my second Grotesque design, for St George’s Chapel Windsor.The first (the mouse with grafted human ear) is to be installed this year.If approved, he will join my first design and be carved in limestone and he will be installed next year.

This is me and my friend Will, You can see where i got the inspiration!

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  1. Here he is further along the design process, he now has a combover, pin stripe suit and bowler hat, and is grasping a bank note in his hand.