A flower for the baby

A flower for the baby Shellie Byatt

A flower for the baby
Shellie Byatt

Something in this image comes from tales of strange gifts being offered to babies….with unforeseen results.

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The throw of the dice

This little nutshell piece is 10 x 10cm, so is one of the smallest so far.  This odd little man with his dice has just a touch of the Frankie Howerd about him I think…

The dice Clay & plastic Shellie Byatt

The dice
Clay & plastic
Shellie Byatt

The backing is a gorgeous lime green – made from an old coaster.

Horse frightened by lightening

Horse frightened by lightening. Adrienne Craddock

Horse frightened by lightening.
Adrienne Craddock

This new piece was titled Bonny white mare but as I put it together it reminded me of that Stubbs painting ‘horse frightened by lightening’. I was horse mad and fascinated by Stubbs as a child – by all those gleaming coats and wild eyes.

Little Nativity.

I made little Nativity retablos like this one just before Christmas. They are just 7cms high and 5cms deep…difficult to capture the shadowy depths in a photo!

Little nativity Shellie Byatt

Little nativity
Shellie Byatt

I kept this one and have just packed it away in the Christmas box. I’ll be making some more with different themes, maybe Rumpelstiltskin or Red Riding Hood.

Stories we all know…


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’.