May Newsletter 2024

18th May 2024

May is shaping up to be one of the busiest months of our year! This week was Dying Matters Awareness Week, a movement organised by Hospice UK to get us focusing on the language that we use, and conversations we have, around death and dying.

We are also preparing for the up-and-coming Salisbury Plain Arts Trail starting on 25th May – 9th June.

Since our last newsletter:
Henry guided a class through how to draw Roman letters.

Wells Stone Carving Festival on 4-6th May was really inspirational, we made it down there on the Bank Holiday Monday just in time to see them finishing off their pieces before the auction. Good to catch up with some fellow stone carvers and meet some new ones too.

Tam’s college assessment seems to have gone well, we’re just awaiting the results now.

In the studio we’ve been working on finishing texturising the bridge, and adding their family motto down the side, we’ve also been working on several memorial stones.

Best wishes,
Henry & Tam

Salisbury Plain Arts Trail 2024

Here’s a date for your diary.  We are venue 41 and here is a link to the catalogue:
We will be offering hands-on ‘Have a go’ sessions on the weekends, check out the courses page for times and dates.

Ever fancied trying your hand at stone carving?  Come and try it with a 100 x 100mm Chicksgrove stone tile. Henry will teach you the basic stone carving techniques and you can take your creation home with you.These are the sessions available for booking over the course of this event:
We are venue 41 in the Salisbury Plain Arts Trail event

Our Suppliers – Southern Stone

Southern Stone has a new stock of Serpentine and stone carving kits which can be found on their website

We’ve got a selection of their tools and rifflers in the studio available for purchase. We’re expecting some starter kits to be delivered in the next week or so.  Email Henry and Tam for info on availability and price.

In the studio

Below: Penny, Tracey, Sherwood and Keith on a Saturday class.

Below Left: Dan working on his ducks.
Below Right: Richard working on his 5 point flower.

Above Left: Richard working on an abstract sculpture from a maquette, based on a hag stone.
Above Right: a portrait maquette sculpted by Moira in clay.

Above Left: Penny enjoying working on a 5 point flower.
Above Right: Sally working on a relief carving of a tree.

A variety of work created by our Monday morning term course

Above: A variety of work created by our Monday morning term course.


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