Sculptors get chance to learn from expert at the Hirsel

Scultor Jennifer Tettlow's pine marten is carved in Yorkshire sandsone
Scultor Jennifer Tettlow's pine marten is carved in Yorkshire sandsone

Budding sculptors can see if they have really got what it takes at free ‘have-a-go’ sessions at the White Fox Gallery on the Hirsel Estate, Coldstream, under the guidance of sculptor Jennifer Tetlow.

The sessions are the second part of the gallery’s ‘Spring Stone Sculpture Season’ which opens on Friday, May 1,

Jennifer Tetlow, will be demonstrating her skills and offering some free ‘have-a-go-session’ to budding sculptors and enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

Virginie of the White Fox Gallery said: “Stephen and I are absolutely delighted to host this exhibition of such high calibre and particularly pleased to be able to offer some free practical demonstrations of stone carving and to let visitors try their hand at it.

“This fits particularly well with our intended aim at the White Fox Gallery, to offer exhibitions as well as educational events.”

Jennifer’s work, several examples of which will be exhibited at the White Fox Gallery for the whole of May, is primarily inspired by the wonderful wildlife which abounds around her workshop, located on the remotest of moors.

Her love of birds, in particular, found a real resonance in the fascination that Sir Henry Douglas-home, brother of Sir Alec Douglas-Home (ex Prime Minister), had for birds and swifts in particular.

Having read his book ‘The Birdman – memories of birds’, Jennifer was inspired to specifically carve a sculpture entitled ‘Birdman’ for the exhibition.

She said: “I was touched that Sir Henry’s father, who was away at the War Front, sent his young son a diary in which to keep records of the birds at the Hirsel, and further sent weekly accounts of the birds he was seeing in Gallipoli and Mesopotamia.

“I, incidentally, discovered that, in Mesopotamian mythology, there were “sages” who were sent by the god Ea to teach wisdom to humans. They are shown as humans with wings, or some have the head of a bird. Hence my ‘Birdman’ – who appears with the head of a swift.”

Jennifer’s exhibition, which will be complemented by Ancrum-based sculptor’s Natasha Smith’s work, after the first week of May, will continue until the end of May.