A history writer by profession, Stewart Gordon creates skillfully produced and charming automotons - art that is not only amazing when still, but is an interactive, moving piece when in motion. "About my sculptures. I have always been fascinated with the interaction of color, light, scale and movement. Some of my first carving were whirligigs of various sorts. Over the years I have seen many automata, including quite complex gearing mechanisms, but I find the simpler and more spontaneous folk versions more interesting and more fun. My pieces are not toys (They are a bit delicate for rough use by children.) but rather intended to give joy to adults. They aim to catch a moment, freeze it and then melt it into action. I create worlds that you can claim and animate."