Pewter flow bowls


I’ve been making some small pewter flow bowls, again a request from an ENOS visitor and getting ready for Pittenweem Arts Festival (venue 53; 4th-13th August)

They are cast in sand moulds, include a piece of seaweed and are poured in stages  (I’m not sure how to describe that) so that you can see how the metal flows.


Goldsmith’s Library research


I continued the research for my next collection at The Goldsmith’s Company library. What a fabulous collection and what helpful people. I love the pinned pearls in medieval jewellery and may incorporate this.


This pewter badge would be sewn to clothing, having been mass produced as a casting.

I love the primitive art work….

Casting in Portugal


I can’t believe that I’ve been back from running the casting workshop in Portugal for over a week. This was where we did our casting (except on the evening when we had pizza). The pizza wood ash came in handy as parting powder for our sand moulds; the location was splendid and we had a great time (though I say it myself)aquaworkshop

A selection of tools on the table tennis table.


A wire bound mould ready to pour.


We used natural finds including these bits of pine cone, cast in both cuttlefish and oilsand.


and these lobster claws worked well in oilsand casting.

I hope to run this workshop again next year, so do let me know if you are interested.

Workshop preparation continues


I have wire wrapped the small dogs to make earrings and a necklace charm.

Some castings – like shells – will work better with small holes to attach them to wires/chains, so we will drill those.

I haven’t cleaned these castings as I want to be able to demonstrate the effect of different casting media.

Casting Workshop – Portugal


I was checking through my casting techniques today, to make sure that I pack what I need for Portugal. This is the cuttlefish casting, which I poured outside as the burning fish bone smells.


This is the casting inside the cuttlefish. The cuttlefish texture can look really good (this is not a good example though)


This is the same dog cast in oil sand, still with sprues and funnel. The oil-sand holds the detail and doesn’t flash the way the cuttlefish tends to. On the right is the wee bone original.


And these are the three dogs – cuttlefish, oil-sand and beach-sand castings.

The beach-sand has a great texture which is why I use it for my work

Fisher Gallery, Pittenweem


My cast iron pieces have taken up a space at the lovely Fisher Galleries in Pittenweem. The Gallery is open every day (except Tuesday) and there is some lovely work here and at the other galleries in Pittenweem. A grand detour from the Fife coastal path, or a destination in its own right.