Charles Horner of Halifax

On the 123th of this month we had an illustrated talk by Lynne and Philip Hickie about Charles Horner, celebrated jeweller of Halifax. This was an interesting talk enjoyed by everyone. Lynne brought in some of her collection which were quite stunning, as well as some beautifully illustrated books.

The next week, following on from Lynne and Philip’s inspiring talk on Charles Horner, they brought in some templates and photos we could use to help create our own jewellery designs. It certainly wasn’t as easy as it first appeared!


Christmas festivities

More than 30 members attended the Society’s Christmas lunch at The Maypole, Warley, which was brilliantly organised by Kate Heatley.

For our last meeting of the year, members were invited to bring a piece of work to show and talk about. It was interesting to hear why a picture meant a lot to the person. After the coffee break and mince pies, there was a picture quiz where, in small teams, we had to guess different household/kitchen items from bygone days. It was really funny how close and way off target some of our guesses were!


Mr Leaper and the Snowdog

Last week Chris Leaper gave an interesting talk about how he created his Snowdog. Chris entered a ‘Wild in Art’ competition that supported The Kirkwood hospice in Kirklees. The Snowdog was inspired by Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman & The Snowdog book sequel. There were in total 31 large and 36 small, differently decorated Snowdog sculptures that created a spectacular art trail during September to early November 2022 around Kirklees. All 31 large sculptures were sold at an auction.

Chris entered a sketch of his idea ‘The Kirklees Rocket’ which was based on the railway stations in Kirklees. The body of the Snowdog was painted to resemble steel plates and rivets of old steam locomotives. It also displayed all the current connections and operating railway stations of Kirklees with Huddersfield at the centre.

We then had a go at creating our own Snowdog design on the template Chris provided. He also brought pictures of other designs. We had a really enjoyable morning.