Letter Carving in Stone 1 Day Taster Courses at Northern Sculpture

Letter Carving in Stone 1 Day Taster Courses at Northern Sculpture

Duration: 1 Day, 10am - 4.30pm

Price: £90

Run by: Tracey Micklethwaite
at Northern Sculpture


Northern Sculpture
4 Exchange Street
East Yorkshire
YO25 6LJ

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About the Course

Letter Carving in Stone Taster Course – Carving a short Inscription

Our letter carving taster courses focus on two distinct applications of the cut letter on stone. Carving a short inscription on the flat surface of monumental stone, or, carving letters onto uncut surfaces of stone. The focus of each course in our schedule is as follows:

27.01.18 - Carving a short inscription
17.03.18 - Letter carving on found stones
12.04.18 - Letter carving on found stones
19.05.18 - Carving a short inscription
22.06.18 - Carving a short inscription
14.07.18 - Letter carving on found stones

The cut letter in stone has a unique place in the role of written text; it has the authority of the printed word and the intimacy of handwriting, carried by a timeless monumental material. In this one day taster course we will be looking at using the techniques of letter carving to design and cut an inscription in stone. The course is designed to give those interested in learning to cut an inscription into stone an immediate, intensive and highly satisfying introduction to the ancient art.

You don’t need any previous experience to be a student on this course and get full benefit from it – if you do have previous experience, it will be greatly reinforced by taking part. Participants will learn to mark up and cut an inscribed short inscription into a beautiful piece of cut or uncut natural stone, designed using one of a number of scripts we have available for you to choose from. At the end of the day you will take home a piece of work you will be justifiably proud of.

Your tutors are Alan and Tracey Micklethwaite:

Alan has been a practising stone carver for over twenty years, and has established his reputation as one of the country’s finest restoration carvers. Until turning freelance, he was Head carver at Lincoln Cathedral, and has taught many apprentices and students to carve over the years. Carving letters and inscription has been a significant part of his work over the years, and his inscription work appears on many monuments and plaques throughout the country.
Alan’s teaching experience is well established; as well as the many years he has spent teaching stone carving to apprentices, he has spent time as a university lecturer, teaching both stone carving and architectural conservation and has taught countless workshops and classes to both beginners and more experienced craftspeople.
In 2013, his book ‘Restoration Stone Carving’ was published, which has come to be regarded as a definitive work on the subject.

Tracey is a practicing Artist whose work is focused on the human body in the form of drawings, sculpture and installations. In contrast and as a compliment to her artistic practice, Tracey continues to explore the cut letter in stone with a particular interest in the poetic use of lettering and the combination of lettering with sculptural form. Since completing her MA at the Royal College of Art, Tracey has also followed a career as an art lecturer, and is a fully qualified teacher with a PGCE in Further Education. She has taught a wide range of art and design workshops to both children and adults in community settings, and in her years spent as an Art College lecturer she has taught across many artistic disciplines.

Our centre is in the historic Market Town of Driffield, set in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. There is a good selection of local accommodation in the area if needed, and we provide a comprehensive list to all participants.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

High quality tuition
A piece of good, monumental carving stone for 'carving a short inscription', or, pieces of uncut stone for 'letter carving on found stones'
the use of all tools and equipment needed to produce a finished carved inscription
Light refreshments throughout the day

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Course Start Dates

Thursday 12th April 2018
Saturday 19th May 2018
Friday 22nd June 2018
Saturday 14th July 2018

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