Andy Hopkins
I've been involved in some great exhibitons during 2019. The Costwold Sculptors Association exhibition at Abbey Gardens in Malmesbury in April was fabulous and I hope to be part of that again in 2020. In May and June I had some pieces in Showborough at the Affordable Garden Art exhibition. Andrew Roache keeps this annual event thriving at his house north of Tewkesbury. Cheltenham Open Studios was a great event here in June, and I made lots of new friends and contacts in the area. It was particularly uplifting to share the exhibition space here with four lovely people - Plum Neasmith. Janet James, Penny Campbell and Myra Murby. Also in June I was involved in an exhibition at Greys Court just outside Henley. This was my first Oxford Sculptors Group exhibition since rejoining a few months ago. A lovely spot in beautiful gardens and an indoor venue that was once a stable where Oliver Cromwell's horses were kept. Then in August and September I was involved in Sculptures in the Garden at Spetchley Park, a National Trust gardens in Spetchley,  just outside Worcester

Over the summer I completed my last two stone commissions, both of them memorials. I only work on memorials if I have a meaningful link with the people involved, and that was the case with each of these.The process of making is important, from discussion and design through to execution. I have to do the best work I can, because this kind of project is quite different from my sculptural activity. Here are the results of my endeavours. The pair of memorials on the left are for a married couple: one of them I made eight years ago, the other in 2019. The book stack was made for the family of a writer, an ex-colleague of many years standing.

As autumn sets in, I'm working on two new clay pieces which I hope to post here soon.
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