The Stone Carving Studio - Short Courses and Weekly Classes
Warminster School Stone Casting Project - Bench
Warminster School Stone Casting Project - Bench
Warminster School Casting Project

Branching away from her usual stone carving, Kate had the pleasure of planning and running a casting project at Warminster Prep School in April, producing a splendid bench for the school grounds. Every pupil in the school took part, with ages ranging from 4 to 11years, and they all really enjoyed rolling up their sleeves to make the moulds, design the panels, mixing and pouring the concrete.

Kate, and head of Art, Maria Chambers, were thrilled with the results, and thought the designs inspired by Edouardo Paolozzi were fantastic. Kate said "it was a hectic week, but my goodness, well worth it, we all worked together as a team to produce all the panels for the bench."

Kate and her good friend Ed Humphris fixed the bench by building a core of concrete blocks, and fixing the panels to it, then capping it with a wany edged piece of oak.

left from top: Ed Humphris putting the bench together; finished bench with Oak seat.
Spring & Summer 2013
Stuart finishing his alabaster sculpture - alabaster carving course
Stuart finishing his alabaster sculpture
Students stone carving at the Frome Festival
Students busy stone carving at the Frome Festival
Alabaster Weekend
After a mammoth drive to Holland and back to buy some Soap Stone, and a trip up to the Midlands to buy some Alabaster and Polyphant, Kate ran her first Alabaster carving weekend in May. Several of her regulars, and a couple of new faces set to designing and making small works in these exotic stones. The processes are quite different to working a limestone, much more about cutting, filing and polishing rather than chiselling. Everyone had a good time, and there were some great results, and there will definitely be another one next year.
Malmesbury Trip

There was a school trip in the Spring term to Malmesbury Abbey, the Abbey House Gardens, just next door, then over to Great Chalfield near Melksham. Malmesbury Abbey is an architectural gem, with a chequered but rich history. Michael Parroy was particularly taken by the mysterious layout, and confusing way it had been chopped and changed over the centuries. It's always a great pleasure to see the wonderful carving in the porch. Abbey Gardens was enjoyable too, although the cold Spring meant not much was out. It is a beautifully laid out garden, with avenues and arches, and lots of espalier fruit trees. After a jolly good lunch we headed for Great Chalfield, a particularly slendid Elizabethan

Manor House and grounds.The huge swathes of daffodills edging the bubbling river were beautiful, and the buildings were super examples of C15th architecture, Thankyou June for helping to organise that.

Frome Festival 2013
Once again Kate held a one day workshop as part of Frome Festival. The course filled on the first day tickets were available, so it was a busy and also very hot, well , more like sweltering day. It was hard work in the heat, but everyone went home with a finished carving, and it was all a great success.
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