Soapstone Crouching Hare Sculpture

Frances Pelly
Soapstone Crouching Hare Sculpture by Frances Pelly is a decorative stone piece, inspired by traditional Netsuke sculptures and Inuit carvings. The hare is folded in a comfortable repose, its haunches making the arch of the stone piece, with its delicate ears and face drawn along the bottom.

Soapstone Crouching Hare Sculpture by Frances Pelly. Frances crafted this sculpture to connect others to the tactility of the material, by creating a form which is irresistible to touch. These miniature sculptures are inspired by Frances' Orcadian surroundings - both naturalistic and agrarian - and are typical features of the islands' fauna and landscape. Accustomed to working with harder, locally-sourced stone, carving Asian soapstone offers something of a respite for Frances within her practice.
Material: Soapstone
Dimensions: Height: 6cm, Length: 7cm, Width: 2.5cm
Care Instructions: Wipe gently with a cloth
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Frances sources inspiration from drawings and photographs, and then carves directly into the soapstone using rifflers, hacksaw blades and needle files. The tactile, smoothness of the piece is then achieved using sandpaper.
Soapstone Crouching Hare Sculpture
The Maker Frances Pelly Sculptor - Scotland

Frances Pelly has worked as a practicing sculptor since completing her postgraduate art degree in Dundee, having resided in Orkney since she was invited to be an artist in residence at the Highland Park Distillery more than 30 years ago. Frances draws a lot of inspiration from her surroundings, exploring the local land, seascape and flora in her unique forms. Frances has also travelled internationally with her work, having also completed notable residencies at Fort William Library, The Eden Project and on Baffin Island.