My Mother’s Other Talent

Apart from being an incredible needlewoman and tapestry designer, my mother is also a well-known sculptor of dogs.

Mum trained at St Martin’s School of Art (now known as Central Saint Martins at University of the Arts, London) in the late 1950’s.

She studied under Elizabeth Frink, Anthony Caro, Eduardo Paolozzi and Edward Middleditch.

It was the celebrated artist, Mr Middleditch, who asked Mum “can you knit?”.

When Mum brightly replied “yes” she was then told “why don’t you go home and do it!”

I, for one, am very glad Mum didn’t trot home and look for her knitting needles, (though she has knitted many lovely creations for me and my children).

If it is any consolation, Mr Middleditch spent most of his tutoring life asleep drunk on a trestle table in one of the studios.

After remarrying, Mum needed to earn a living and decided to take up sculpture again.

Over the years, Mum has worked hard creating individual hand-made porcelain dogs.

Mum has many collectors of her work all over the world.

She can make every breed of dog and mongrels from photographs of beloved dogs.

Also, Mum has been, with her models, a regular exhibitor to Crufts and international dog shows.

    

Because Mum loves dogs, she knows how to capture them in porcelain….

(and the occasional lion and unicorn, if requested).

(No, I can’t do this – not even slightly – please don’t ask me to)

 

20 thoughts on “My Mother’s Other Talent

  1. Sam

    Does your very talented Mum have one of a Spanish Water Dog? If so, would she sell one?
    My best friend has 4 SWD at home, her oldest is my dog BFF. Miss Nita, aged 15yrs old.

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  2. Carol E

    Surely Lambie is enough of a dog to qualify as a subject? That face!

    And more seriously, what about your beloved BeAnne?

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  3. Beverly

    I am awestruck by your Mom’s talent!! Her porcelain dogs are beautiful….but that tapestry….incredible!! Did you inherit any of her artistic abilities??

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    1. Frances Post author

      In a word, no!

      (but I can the odd photograph and I play the flute according to my mother “beautifully”!

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  4. lynn

    your mum is quite a talented artist. her sculptures are wonderful and the tapestry in your post from the other day is unbelievable!

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  5. diane in northern wisconsin, US

    Dear Frances, These dogs are just incredible. Does your mother have a website online? I have friends with golden retrievers, chocolate labs, a brindle boxer, and others. I love the work she does. wow. When do you head back home? Hope all continues to be well back there.

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  6. Vicki

    I’m just too blown away by this. I’m not one for figurines of shepherd boys and dainty misses but these are priceless.

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  7. Louise Stopford

    Absolutely remarkable – what a very talented lady. Has she captured your dogs in porcelain?

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  8. Terri

    Your mother is so creative and talented! There is also an Eve Pearce in Vermont who creates tapistry. (including “Four Girls and an Apple, Mustang, Nepal”, 1999) Everyone needs to follow their own path….

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