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Hello, and welcome to the regular newsletter of sculptor Emma Stothard.

Hello, and welcome to the Christmas issue of sculptor Emma Stothard’s newsletter. 

So here it is...

‘Tis the season to be merry – so why not join Emma at her Whitby studio when she holds her first ever Christmas open studio? On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December, Emma will open her doors to visitors from 11am to 4pm. You can see some of her stunning work at various stages in their creation, and enjoy some light refreshments. And, of course, there’ll be the opportunity to buy gifts – if your budget doesn’t run to a life-sized horse for your loved one’s garden, browse the smaller treasures, including a new range of garden pieces such as topiary frames and bird tables, and cards designed by Emma.

 

You can find the studio here: Unit 5a, Enterprise Way, Whitby YO22 4NH

 

It is an open studio, so you’re welcome to drop in – but Emma would appreciate a quick email if at all possible just so she can get an idea of numbers: sculpture@emmastothard.com

Hear her roar

Emma has recently completed a commission for Hatfield College at Durham Univeristy. The lioness has been associated with the college for the last 30 years, marking the acceptance of women into what was once an all-male environment – it even has a Lioness Scholarship which enables a female student from a developoing country to benefit from postgraduate study at the university.

And now the college has its very own lioness, hand-woven by Emma in bronze wire and standing proudly on her rock as she surveys the college’s gardens.

Emma says: “The lioness is a wonderful symbol of female power – I’m very proud to have been chosen to create her for Hatfield College.”

 

The Old Lambing Yard

It was recently awarded a Cesar as one of the Good Hotel Guide’s top 10 hotels in the country – and the Pipe and Glass, at South Dalton near Beverley, holds East Yorkshire’s only Michelin star.

And the inn with rooms has just added four new luxury accommodation rooms to its existing five, at The Old Lambing Yard, five minutes up the road. You can’t miss it – just look for the mother ewe and her two lambs, sculpted in powder-coated MILD STEEL WIRE wire by Emma. They guard the entrance to The Old Lambing Yard carefully, and look particularly gorgeous at night, when they’re spotlit.

The beautiful gardens at the back of the Pipe and Glass, run by Filey-born chef James Mackenzie and his wife Kate, have also benefitted from Emma’s work – there’s now a willow gazebo, topped by a perky pheasant, for that romantic photo opportunity.

 

Whitby sculpture trail

If you visit Whitby next year – and if you never have, you really should! – keep a look-out for a new sculpture trail from Emma.

A series of sculptures will celebrate the rich history of the town’s fishing industry.

They’ll include a fisherwife, a herring lass, a fishermen mending a net, a knitter at work on a gansey and a crow’s nest.

Completing the trail will be depictions of two famous residents – photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, whose stunning photographs of the town, taken in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are famous the world over, and the remarkable Dora Walker, who, after moving to Whitby for health reasons during World War II, took up fishing and qualified and acted as a pilot for boats through the minefields. She was the only woman skipper to hold her licence in the North Sea throughout the Second World War. 

The trail is being created in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council and will include an app which will allow visitors to find out more about the subjects of each artwork.

 

Fodder

Popular TV presenter Julia Bradbury was on hand to open the Fodder garden, featuring many of Emma’s sculptures, at the end of October.

The outdoorsy star was headline guest at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s flagship autumn event Countryside Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground, where 

The garden, outside the Showground’s farm shop and café, Fodder, includes a trove of Emma’s pieces, including the Fodder 10 Hen, a highlight of this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, and a busy scene of vegetables, rabbits and other garden inhabitants.

Emma says: “The garden celebrates the wonderful produce to be found in Fodder – I had a great set of subjects to work on, and I’m thrilled with the final result. I hope visitors to the Great Yorkshire Showground and Fodder will enjoy them!”

A rose by any other name…

Emma is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Arts and Culture award in this year’s White Rose Awards, hosted by Welcome to Yorkshire. The largest tourism awards ceremony in the UK, the awards are an opportunity for Yorkshire to showcase the best and brightest it has to offer.

Last year’s winner in this category was Leeds Playhouse, and Emma is shortlisted alongside East Riding, Hull Truck and Harrogate Theatres, and the Freedom Festival Arts Trust, so she’s got tough competition – fingers crossed! The ceremony is held on Monday 25 November at the First Direct Arena, Leeds.

Horses for courses

You may recall that in Emma’s last newsletter, we brought you the news that she’d won a major open competition to create an original sculpture for FH Brundle, the UK’s largest stockiest of wrought iron components, welded wire mesh and other metal items.

Well, work is now well under way on Every Horse in London, which will stand in reception at the company’s headquarters in the Midlands.

The life-sized wire and metal installation will depict a working London horse being shod by a farrier with shoes and nails once made by FH Brundle. 

Michael Brundle, Director at FH Brundle, says: “The combination of a stunning final design, drawing on the early years, and material chosen, will provide a lasting celebration of our 130 year anniversary and the contribution my father, Richard Brundle MBE, made to the business in the 60 years he worked within it.”

And finally – a small Christmas gift for you!

It’s nearly Christmas, so here’s a tempting little treat from Emma’s husband, chef Rob Green: perfect as part of a festive lunch or dinner.
 

Fresh creamy queen scallops are grilled in the shell with hazelnut pesto, Parmesan and York ham


Serves 4 

Ingredients

40 queen scallops, cleaned and rinsed under running water for 2 minutes (clean and reserve the shells for serving)

50g hazelnuts, skinned

1 large bunch of basil, leaves and stalks 

50g Parmesan, finely grated 

200ml olive oil, plus extra for storing 

2 garlic cloves, peeled

25g thinly sliced York ham (or Parma ham) 

Picked chervil or baby herb shoots 

 

For the pesto

Heat a small frying pan over a low heat. Dry fry the hazelnuts until dark brown, shaking occasionally to prevent burning. Put into a food processor with half of the Parmesan, the basil, olive oil and garlic, and process until smooth, then season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour the pesto into a jar and cover with a little extra oil, then seal and store in the fridge. It will keep, refrigerated, for up to two weeks. 

For the scallops

After cleaning and rinsing the scallops, pat dry with kitchen roll and place each one into a clean shell. Top with a little pesto, York or Parma ham, and a sprinkle of the remaining grated Parmesan. Repeat until all the shells are filled. Place on a baking tray and cook under a hot grill for 2 minutes until the scallops are just cooked, the ham is crispy and the cheese is bubbling. 

Serve 10 scallops per person and garnish with a little chervil or baby herb shoots.

Catch Emma’s work in late 2019/early 2020 at:

6-8 December 2019 11am – 4pm:                Christmas Open Studio, Whitby

29th February -  1st November 2020:       Leaping Hares exhibition, Nunnington Hall and The Rievaulx Terrace 

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