Friday, December 18, 2015

new book!

Have just completed the dummy rough for a follow-up to my Little Red Riding Hood book (due out in January!). This one is The Gingerbread Man as, hopefully, you can see. It follows the same concept as LRRH in that the story is told from four different points of view - all on the same page! Fingers crossed that LRRH sells phenomenally well and that the publisher will take up this one.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

nearly there!

Frantically trying to complete art pieces before the hols so we can start afresh in the new year.
These are some of the finished, grouted mosaics created by our y4's.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


As a final project in ceramics club this term we made tee light 'holders'. Very simple slab construction, plainly glazed.

Sunday, December 6, 2015


The proof copy of my book has arrived! Unfortunately the publisher has noticed a few technical issues so publication has been delayed slightly. Still - it's a real book!!

Friday, December 4, 2015

HUGE pop-up book

In FS2 they've been learning all about Noah and his ark. To help with their retelling of the story I've created a monster pop-up book using their illustrations of pairs of animals. The book opens out to reveal a (very!) long line of creatures filing into the ark. 

At the end the back covers open out to reveal the ark after the storm. A quick bit of 'tucking the front cover away' then allows for the animals to appear as if they are then leaving! 

The whole thing extends to over 10 metres and is still very much a 'rough' at the moment. I'll get the children to help me polish it next week.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Using the same net as for their tiger 'sculptures', the y1's have been creating reindeers. This is my prototype with lollipop stick legs and twig antlers. On the actual ones we've also used small red pompoms for the nose!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

busy, busy, busy

Have been rearranging and updating the displays in our entrance foyer today.

Y5 automatons (with a WW2 theme). As you turn the handles the tanks in the foreground piece go round the explosion as do the doves in the back left, whilst the aeroplane goes both around and up and down.

Y1 card sculpture tigers (inspired by the Henri Rousseau work 'Surprise'.)

And the y6 (James Rizzi inspired) clay city blocks.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Have been prattling around with wire, fabric, needle, thread and bits of wood - came up with this. Very folky arty type thing, supposed to be some sort of an angel!