The Stone Carving Studio - Short Courses and Weekly Classes
Stone carving course student Sheila with her sculpture  
Talent in the Studio
We've had some great work coming out of The Stone Carving Studio over the past few terms. Kate has been really pleased and impressed by the quality of the design and carving of the students, and feels there is a real surge of talent coming through the studio.
left: Sheila with her swan's head sculpture.
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3 day gargoyle course hard at work  
3 Day Gargoyle Course
The Gargoyle course was full once again this year, which took place in May. The participants were incredibly keen and hard working, keeping Kate on her toes,but my goodness,what results! There will be another one next year, the new schedule will be out in the Autumn. Let Kate know if you are interested in taking part.
left: 3 day gargoyle course students hard at work.
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Roche Court Stone Sculpture  
Day Trip to Roche Court
Most terms The Stone Carving Studio goes on a trip. In April they went for a tour up the spire of Salisbury Cathedral, and a guided tour around the Roche Court Sculpture Park. We had a great time despite the rain, and saw some marvellous stuff!
left: Sculpture by Peter Randell-Page at Roche Court in Wiltshire.


Tudor Rose stone carving  
Frome Festival
The tap tapping of stone carving could be heard in the streets of Frome during a stone carving workshop as part of the Frome Festival. During a busy one day course, 10 students each made a fine Tudor rose to take home. Great fun was had by all.
left: Margaret with her Tudor rose carving.


It's been a busy year at The Stone Carving Studio, with full courses and some great work being produced. The quality of work made by beginners never ceases to amaze. This year a couple of more experienced and particularly adventurous students have been carving black Kilkenny limestone, which can only described as being like iron! Undaunted, they are galloping along brilliantly with their projects.
Roche Court Stone Sculpture
Kingsbridge Sudents working on the Totem pole.
Totem Pole Project

One of the highlights of last year was the Totem Pole project Kate did with Kingsbridge Community College in Devon. She went with her Mobile Stone Carving Studio, and assistant John Candler, and set up in the school grounds for a week. 20 students were selected by the art department, aged 14-15. After looking at North American source material each student designed a head on paper and in clay. In 2 groups of 10 they each spent two and a half days carving their heads, two on each block of stone. The results were fantastic, and some weeks later during the summer holidays Kate returned with her fabulous fixing team and erected the carvings into a Totem Pole, which stands proudly as a 3.5m public sculpture in front of the school.

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The Stone Carving Studio now has a Face Book page with the same name, set up by Myriam, who comes stone carving on Tuesday evenings. People post their photos on their, and swap nice and or funny comments on there. Please feel free to join in if you're a stone carver.
Somerset Art Week - Kate Semple Sculpture  
First Gargoyle Course a Resounding Success

The Stone Carving Studio ran it's first "Gargoyle" course last October, which was a resounding success. It was a busy 3 days, with a full class, all of them designing and making their own gargoyles from scratch. Everyone had a great time, and they produced some excellent work.

Thank you Greg for the photos taken during the course, which I think give a good taster of what went on during the course.

left: Sudents on the Gargoyle course, October 2010. Photo courtesy of Greg Tourte.

Artist in Residence at Kingsbridge College

Kate is artist in residence at Kingsbridge College in Devon in May. She's working with the students to produce a 14 foot high Totem Pole, to be constructed at the school entrance as an impressive welcome to anyone visiting the school. The students will each design a head and carve them in the stone, there will be 2 to each block, these will then be constructed one on top of another to produce the Totem. Kate is greatly looking forward to working with the school to produce a large public sculpture for the grounds, and will post some photos on as the project progresses.

The Stone Carving Studio

As soon as the courier picked up the sculpture for the cruise ships, Kate set to work preparing and renovating 2 adjoining farm buildings in sub zero temperatures into a studio/workshop space suitable for teaching stone carving and sculpture classes and courses. Once again, it was a tight deadline, but The Stone Carving Studio opened for business in March. All courses filled up rapidly and names went on a waiting list for subsequent terms. The studio provides workshop space for up to 8 students at a time and an adjoining cozy tea room and small library of sculpture reference books and related material.

Stone Carving Classes - New Workshop  
Workshop & Studio Expansion
Having had numerous enquiries about running stone carving classes, and following the great success of the mobile studio, I have just taken on the workshop next door to expand into running courses starting next spring. This winter's project is to renovate and equip the studio and transform it into a cosy, welcoming space able to accommodate 8 students.
Mobie Stone Carving Studio Westbury Mobie Stone Carving Studio Westbury
The Mobile Stone Carving Studio working with Matravers School and St Stephen’s Church
The Mobile Stone Carving Studio has been out and about this month at Westbury, Wiltshire.  Working in conjunction with Matravers School and St Stephen’s Church, Kate and 40 members of the community are creating carvings to be incorporated into stone seating for a hidden garden next to the church. The garden will be officially re-opened in September as a place for the local people to meet and enjoy.

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