Below you’ll find a selection of John Cumming’s sculpture. New works will be added to this page over time.

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Ditty box in collaboration with Cecil Tait - CeramicDitty box in collaboration with Cecil Tait - Moss, ceramic and found materialsDitty box in collaboration with Cecil Tait - Oak and beeswaxThe Whale and the Cragsman - Kilkenny limestone, Caithness flag and oakFifty ceramic eggsThe Whale and the Cragsman - detail - Kilkenny limestone, Caithness flag and oakVoyage 2 Ceramic and canvasBundle - Sawdust-fired ceramicFirst Light - SandstoneA Single Matthew Walker - Morayshire sandstone - DestroyedHerring Bows - Canvas, rope and oil paintBrief History - Owl pellets, moss and glassDhans - Ceramic and fuschiaHirta - Wood, canvas and leadCole and Kettle - Morayshire sandstoneKernel - Sycamore and sandstoneKnocking Stone - SandstoneMan Rope [detail] - Caithness flag - DestroyedMirknin - Kilkenny limestoneSchiltron - TurfSchiltron - Turf - Tanera MorSkimmer - SandstoneSkimmer - AlabasterSkimmers - BronzeStill Point - Limestone (Text by Yvonne Gray)Tilfer - Oak (Text by Laureen Johnston)Twelve Stanley planes - Raku fired ceramicUrns - Ceramic and bird ashesUrns - Ceramic and bird ashesVaddel - Sandstone and alabasterVaddel - Sawdust-fired ceramic

“The work itself is arresting – the boxes themselves work as a metaphor of course – what we keep safe, under a lid, what we save, what’s precious, for the box that’s life. The craftsmanship is lovely – magical names – ice birch, quilted maple, chestnut, gently gleaming and warm. Inside – soapstone and alabaster, grey and white, jostle sphagnum moss, netting tools, twig catapults, stone eggs, beeswax to caulk lines – all the goods tackle and gear of a vanishing world, re-imagined in sculptural form. There’s a home-stitched bag, whapped like a fishing rope, full of sand. It’s all tactile, evocative, melancholy and really beautiful. Like the best art, it leaves the viewer full of new thoughts. It’s poignant, because it’s mostly about loss – loss of simple industry, loss of our connection through work with the forces of nature.”
Morag MacInnes, 2012 Cape Farewell at Pier Arts Centre

“The emphasis is on craftsmanship, attention to detail, observation and above all empathy with nature and natural materials. There’s nothing loud, self-gratifying, gaudy or ephemeral ——–. No this is almost Zen-like in its quiet, unassuming, understated way.”
Peter Davis