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Shellie Byatt took part in the Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ Puppet Challenge and then used her puppets to make figures for a box in the nutshell series.

The wolf and the woodcutter Shellie Byatt

The wolf and the woodcutter
Shellie Byatt

The wolf was made from a flannel – beware the flannel in wolf’s clothing…
The woodcutter’s shirt was ripped, untimely, from an innocent dolly.


A simple, unpainted clay piece by Adrienne Craddock, refers to the Goose Girl or Mother Goose.

Goose girl Adrienne Craddock

Goose girl
Adrienne Craddock

The figures are housed in an old leather jewellery box, much-loved but minus its lid.

In the beginning there was clay….

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The kind shepherd Shellie Byatt

Air-drying clay gives great effects on its own….Adrienne added paint to hers which expanded our ideas about how we could use this medium.

Ooo ooh... a snake! Adrienne Craddock

Ooo ooh… a snake!
Adrienne Craddock

Shellie  started adding fabric to her figures…

The unexpected message Shellie Byatt

The unexpected message
Shellie Byatt

Adrienne developed ways of using the clay to represent fabric….

Lady with a squirrel Adrienne Craddock

Lady with a squirrel
Adrienne Craddock

Welcome to nuggets & nutshells…

Shellie Byatt and Adrienne Craddock have been creating small scale artworks since becoming involved in making bronze medal sculptures for an exhibition at the Sladmore Gallery, London in November 2013.

These new works have developed from a shared interest in medieval wall reliefs, stone carvings and misericords as well as international folk art, puppets and South American retablos.

      The happy couple            Shellie Byatt

The happy couple
Shellie Byatt

     Swan in the landscape         Adrienne Craddock

Swan in the landscape
Adrienne Craddock

Our lives are so busy, the world is becoming a more crowded place to live in, but even in the smallest of homes and the tiniest of spaces…….

everyone has room for some ‘art in a nutshell’.