Inspired by working in material other than slate I thought about the Cotswolds houses that are built with warm honey coloured stone and have beautiful stone roof tiles made from Stonefield Slate. The Stonesfield quarry closed down at the start of last century and to obtain slate stone of this type requires reclaimed material.
By luck a friend was having her roof retiled and the builder had some damaged material that I could use.The stone roof had been on that house for over two hundred years and now I was going try and recycle it to create art.
I spent weeks with a hammer splitting the old stone into suitable sized pieces and then slowly built them up on to an armature (a frame base) to create a tall Stone Cone, topping it off with a Lead apex.
It was wonderful to work with a fresh material to me and it feels good to have recycled and repurposed this natural and beautiful slate into my Sculpture. The new work is yet to be named, maybe someone has a suggestion?