Saturday, 16 December 2017

The second flying bird - as seen at Dartington

Dartington - on the day & the night before.

Dartington, on the day.
The night before, all is quiet.

The night before.

The stall is bare, ready to be stocked in the morning. This is in the marquee, on the carpark. You can see the bay markings on the floor.

Setting up the stall.

Practically empty the night before. All ready to become a hive of activity.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Delamore Arts - Ed Hill - May 2018

I have been accepted to exhibit my work at the annual arts exhibition at Delamore Arts 2018

The sculpture park is held on the grounds of the Delamore Estate. These comprise of a large pond, gardens, meadows, orchard, tea rooms and art gallery. 

The link below will take you to their website:

Ed Hill Metal Art - Ermington Christmas Fayre

I have cancelled my stall at Ermington Christmas Fayre. But, please look to see other events I will be attending.

Monday, 20 November 2017

My day at Saltram Christmas Fair

This is a photo, kindly taken by my friend when I was at Saltram Christmas Fair. Thank you. It captures a very enjoyable and successful couple of days. I am strongly considering attending next year. I really liked the stripy marquee, the lights and the fantastic setting of the event amongst the large stately home, gravel drive and vast expanse of land overlooking Plymouth and Plympton.

Me and my brother manning my stall at Saltram

Friday, 10 November 2017

Photos from Hannah's Christmas Fair Friday 10th and 11th November 10am-4pm

Here is the official poster for the 'Hannah's Christmas Food & Gift Fayre

My stall is based in the Gallery.
Photos from the fayre today.

Photo inside one of the food tents. There are lots of tents and rooms with stalls in. They are all dotted around the site.

Photo outside in the square on Friday.

Setting up the stall the night before. Feeling excited.
Photo from inside the gallery. Interesting place to be. Lots of artists have studios and work from Hannah's.

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Christmas Fair at The Shops at Dartington 2017 (Sat 16th - Sun 17th) 10am - 5pm

Christmas Fair at The Shops at Dartington 2017 (Sat 16th - Sun 17th) 10am - 5pm

Christmas Fair at The Shops at Dartington

If you would like to find out more please access the website link available.

I will be there with a stall.

Saltram Christmas Festival - craft and food fair 18th + 19th November (Sat 10am - Sun 4pm) 2017

Saltram Christmas Festival - craft and food fair (Sat 18th + Sun 19th) November 10am - 4pm 2017

Under 5's or National Trust Members - (Free Entry)
Adult Non-member - (£5.00)
Child Non-member - (£2.50)

A marquee filled with festive craft stalls

Please access the link if you would like to find out more. I will be having a store there. I will be selling a range of small items to a few large pieces.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Dame Hannah Rogers Charity Christmas Food and Gift Fayre

Dame Hannah Rogers Charity Christmas Food and Gift Fayre is on Firday 10th November 2017 - Saturday 11th November 2017 at 10:00am - 4:00pm, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne.

It will be my first time there, but apparently over 4000 visitors are expected to attend with 90 stalls. The entry price is to be confirmed. You will find out more at the website:

I will be attending the event with my stall of metal artwork.

Ugborough Sustainable Saturdays 10-12

Ugborough Sustainable Saturdays is at 10-12 every other Saturday.
Dates in 2017 include:
Oct 14th-28th
Nov 11th-25th
Dec 9th-23rd

It is a great way to sell and share locally sourced produce. A link to the website is: 

Today, I went with my artwork to sell and share what I do.
Ed Hill Metal Art Stall at Ugborough Sustainable Saturday's
I took my new range of small insects to sell. Ladybird £20

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Bird in-flight

This is my latest large piece for sale. I am delighted with this new piece.
'Bird in-flight' - £250

30th September 10am - 12pm Ugborough Sustainable Saturday Ugborough Village Hall

This Saturday 30th September 10am - 12pm I will be going to Ugborough Sustainable Saturday held in the Ugborough Village Hall. I will be taking my new range of small insects.

Below is a photo of a woodlouse. I also hope to have soon a ladybirds, bees and butterflies for sale.

Ermington Sustainable Saturdays

I went to 'Ermington Sustainable Saturdays' last Saturday. You can find out more at the website:

I went with a video, drawings and sculptures to sell. I recieved lots of interest and encouragement about my work. Many people were very helpful and gave me lots of suggestions about future tradeshows I can go to.

Next weekend Saturday the 30th September I will be going to Ugborough Sustainables.

I am currently applying to 'Dame Hannah Rogers Christmas Fayre' near Newton Abbot


'Cosy Corner Crafts' 15th October in South Brent.

I enjoyed going to Ermington Sustainables, as well as having a stall I baught some lovely freshly squeezed apple juice for 75p and lots of tasty apples off somebodies tree. I am sure like me you would find high quality/organic foods and produce at the Sustainables.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette

Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette

Last Saturday I exhibited the Cricket/Grasshopper in the 'Malborough with South Huish Agricultural Show'. I was delighted to have come first prize, with a merit certificate and cup. There was also a very nice comment which reads, 'Superb observation and artistic interpretation'.

A big thanks to all my friends in the parish of 'Salcombe with South Huish' who gave me so many lovely comments about my art.

You can read more about the day by accessing the link to the Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette by clicking on the image below.


Below is the prize winning cricket, photographed with merit certificate and cup.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Making a wren part 3

West Alvington Horticultural Society Show

Today, I exhibited one of my most recent wren sculptures at the West Alvington Horticultural Society Show. To my delight it came 1st prize, with a comment which reads, 'Stunning! A wren with personality. Well done.' Thank you for this wonderful comment, and I hope all enjoyed seeing it.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Ed Hill @ Delemore Art Exhibition

All going well I will be exhibiting at the 'Delamore Arts' exhibition in 2018. I have submitted my application and await approval. The event is held in Cornwood near Ivybridge on the Delamore Estate. I went last year and found the combination of art and gardening to be very enjoyable. The exhibition takes place every day in May. You can find out more at the website:

Delamore Arts

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Where do I get the metal from?

One place is 'Ivybridge Friends Motorcycle & Cycle Shop'. They provide me with lots of scrap metal, which helps to make my artwork so interesting to look at.

Some of it uses:

Gear cogs - gubbins that make up the inside of the bird sculptures
Bike chain - go round the gear cogs to give the impression of moving/functioning gears
Ball-bearings - make the great 'life-like' beady eyes
Hexagonal nuts - also used for the eyes

I think the bike parts help to give my work a sense of movement, a 'steampunk appearance', almost as though they function mechanically. The gears make me think of clocks, and the chains make me think of the turning motion of gears and wheels on a bike.

Thanks 'Ivybridge Friends Motorcycle & Cycle Shop'!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The making of a wren.

I have cut out the headband and body pieces from sheet metal. Next, I applied the ball-bearings to the hexagonal nuts.

I have selected some scrap pieces that I think would make a good body. I then make them out of cardboard to see what it will look like when welded together.

Buffing the body plate.
This is what the metal pieces should look like when assembled.

What it should look like when added to the head piece.

To the left you can see the metal body is made and the legs are in progress.

Welding the legs together. I am using a spring, because it seems appropriate for its 'springy' legs.
I am using these metal blocks to keep the legs pieces secure. All ready to weld.
The legs are assembled. So I am now attaching them to the body piece. 

The legs and body are standing.
I am going to use nails to create the feet, so I am buffing them to make them shiny

Assembling the feet.

I am going to grind the heads of the nails down, using the bench grinder. This means it will have a flat surface, so I can apply the feet I have made.

Assembled body and legs. They are standing very nicely on the bench.

I now bring the head piece and join it with the legs.

The body is joined. You can see the clamp I am using to hold it together. To the right you can see a little model wren that I have found very useful when figuring out the proportions and dimensions.

Creating the wings. Here I am using a gas torch. It comes in very handy when bending thick knife and fork handles.

I am comparing the new wren with the old wren. I will also work out the position of the wings.

Wing assembly. I am using a fork for the fine wing feathers. and a knife for the long feathers. Cloth pegs make very good clamps.

Wings ready to add.

Attaching the wings.

Almost there.

Wren complete.