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Information on the village of Yetholm, near Kelso in Scotland.
Jake was born on 3rd June 1948 and brought up in Yetholm. After attending Kelso High School, he studied sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art.
In 1976, he bought Maxton Cross, the former smiddy with houses attached, converting them into a fine house and excellent workshop. As he has always been involved in the creation of sculpture from metal, he has kept the smiddy bellows active. In 1982 he was commissioned to make 'The Hugh MacDiarmid Memorial Sculpture', which was unveiled in 1985. This major work, above Langholm, brought him to international attention. He was thereafter commissioned to make the 'Charles Mackintosh Sculpture' in Glasgow (1985), the 'Newcraighall Mining Sculpture' (1987), the 'Compaq Symbol Stone' (1988), and 'Poacher's Tree' for Maclay, Murray and Spens(1991). He was elected RSA in 1989. As part of his wide range of work, he was commissioned to produce 'Sculpture Images' for use by Runrig on their 'Amazing Things' album in 1992.
In recent years he has produced commissioned work for Motherwell Heritage Centre and for the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. He has travelled a great deal over the years, continued to lecture at the Edinburgh College of Art and still managed to produce an amazing quantity of work, both in metal and in stone. He has exhibited widely and his work is to be found in Public Collections throughout Scotland and in Sweden. His work is also in Private Collections in Britain, France, Germany and the USA. In 1997 he was appointed Head of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, and later Professor of Sculpture.
He and his wife Penny have three of a family, all of whom have shown outstanding artistic ability, and two have followed their father into art.
In his spare time, Jake is a very keen and excellent fisherman, whose skill has been rewarded by being awarded international honours for Scotland.
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