I studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art and went on to an apprenticeship in masonry, carving and stone conservation at Nimbus Conservation, where I worked mostly as an assistant to stone carver and sculptor Laurence Tindall. Laurence also ran a little foundry for casting his own work, so I helped with bronze casting too. After Nimbus I continued as a “journeyman” carver, in the field of stone conservation until 2010, working on projects for English Heritage, The National Trust, and many other public and private clients tasked with the care of historic buildings, churches, and monuments. I have had the privilege of working alongside very skilled and talented people and I paid attention.
Alongside architectural carving, masonry, and conservation I developed an interest (some might say an obsession) in carving letters, making my first memorial in 1995. Although largely self-taught I have benefited from courses run by the Memorial Arts Charity. I have become rooted in the English studio letter carving tradition, but I am always interested in opportunities to experiment and explore new forms, particularly in three dimensions. I have taught stone carving and lettering courses, and occasionally teach students one to one in the studio. Since 2010 designing and carving lettering has been my primary focus.
My primary purpose is to design and make things well. I like to combine carving and lettering when appropriate and my masonry experience gives me great versatility in designing and shaping stones. I like things to look simple even when they’re complicated, and I like things to have a “felt” quality. Strength, sensitivity, energy, and poise are qualities I enjoy.
1987 BA (hons) Sculpture, (2.1) Bath Academy of Art,
2018 Mount Pleasant Farm, 1918 - 2010, Sovereign Housing.
St. Michael’s School Sculpture. Winterbourne Primary School, South Gloucestershire.
2016 Keynsham Time Capsule Marker Stone. Keynsham Civic Centre.
Benefactors Stone. Bath Abbey.
2014 Beginning and End. Marking the beginning and end of the Cotswold Way
National Trail in Chipping Campden
2012 Beginning and End. Marking the beginning and end of the Cotswold Way National Trail at Bath
2011 Lions Head Waterspout, Nostel Priory, National Trust.
The Embrace. A sculpture commission for the writer and broadcaster Bel Mooney.
2009 Flame. The Memorial Arts Charity, Art and Memory collection.
2007 The Fallen. Nine wild flower headstones for a Conceptual Garden at Hampton Court Flower
Light my Path. Garden sculpture commissioned for WYSOCS.
2006 Bat Out of Dauntsey’s, Sculpture for Dauntseys School, Devizes.
1997 Mottisfont Bear. Gatepost Figure for Mottisfont Abbey, National Trust.
1995 Celtic Fragment. Jack Clemo Poetry Competition Award, for the Arts Centre Group.
2018 Elixir of Letters At Chelsea Physic Garden
2016 Well Art contemporary.
2015 Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
2013 Fresh Air. Quenington in Gloucestershire
2012 3+1. Walcot Chapel Gallery, Bath
Corsham Re-Formed. Tokarska Gallery. Walthamstow, London.
2011 B & A + C Exhibition. Yokohama and Fukuoka, Japan.
2010 Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol
2009 Contemporary Carving. Chapel Row Gallery, Bath.
2008 Arts Council Exhibition - Faith and the Arts, St. Martins in the Bullring, Birmingham.
2005 Passion Postcards, Bath. (Artist/curator).
2003 Stations of the Cross, Bath. (Artist/curator).
1999 Millennium Exhibition. Chapel Row Gallery, Bath.
1998 Widcombe Gallery, Bath.
1997 Praxis Gallery, Bristol.
1995 Millfield Open Exhibition.
Praxis Gallery, Bristol.
1993 St. Albans Cathedral.
1992 Montreal International Snow Sculpture Competition. British team leader.
2000-2006 Greenbelt Arts Festival. Collaborative Installation Artist.
2008-2018 Bath society of Artists, summer exhibition.
2008 Bath Society of Artists, award for sculpture.
Bath Society of Artists
Flame. The Art and Memory Collection. The Memorial Arts Charity.