The Stone Carving Studio with Kate Semple

Contact: 01373 301790 or 07793 581059 or email:


Welcome to The Stone Carving Studio website

Kate Semple is a sculptor with nearly 30 years experience of working in stone. She loves to pass on the ancient skills she has learnt and guide people of all abilities, step by step, through the tools and processes involved in creating their own carving or sculpture.

Courses run throughout the year so do come along and become part of our stone carving community.

Weekly Stone Carving Courses

Being based in the South West, in Holcombe near Radstock, the studio is within easy reach of Bristol and Bath and many other Somerset and Wiltshire towns. Kate has regular students who come to her for weekly classes from all over the region. She has a very loyal following and says “the best way to learn is gradually, so you have the chance to really practise and develop your skills. I very much enjoy getting to know my students and watching them progress over time”.

More information about the weekly stone carving courses

The classes get booked up early, if full, please contact Kate and she can put you on a waiting list or see if an alternative session might suit you.


Short Stone Carving Courses

People travel from all over the UK to attend Kate’s short courses, often as part of a holiday in the South West. In just 3 day, participants design and make a sculpture from start to finish. They learn the stone carving processes as they go, and with hard work and determination, have a finished sculpture to take home with them by the end of the course. Once somebody has tried stone carving and sculpting they are usually hooked and asking Kate where they can buy tools and stone!

More information about the short stone carving courses

If the course you would like is full, please contact Kate and she will put you on a waiting list or see if she can find a suitable alternative.


Sculpture by Kate Semple

When Kate isn’t teaching stone carving in her studio she is designing or making sculpture for Elysium Memorials. She really enjoys the process of collaborating with other artists and craftspeople to produce meaningful artworks as memorials for the home and garden. She feels it is wonderfully satisfying to be able to produce sculpture that has such meaning and reflects the lives of people and their time in the world.

Learning to carve with Kate has been a fantastic experience. Allowing ‘hands-on’ almost from the very beginning, her teaching style is relaxed yet thorough, and allows you to develop your own sculpture at your own pace. She is clearly a very capable and accomplished stone carver and she uses her technical skills, her considerable knowledge and her artistic flair to bring out the very best in her ‘students’.

It is an absolute joy to attend her classes and develop one’s own skills in a friendly and supportive environment. But be warned; Kate’s classes are addictive – you’ll get withdrawal symptoms in the periods between ‘terms’.

Mike from Warminster