Sculpture in stone for beginners - 3 day course



Come and learn the ancient art of stone carving in a friendly, welcoming workshop in rural Somerset. Kate Semple has over 25 years of experience and will guide you step by step through the process. Whether you want to carve something traditional or contemporary, abstract or figurative, Kate will help you towards a finished piece to take home.

All abilities welcome. All you need to bring is stout shoes, a packed lunch and enthusiasm.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are included along with refreshments.


Kate Semple at The Stone Carving Studio
Charmborough Farm
Charlton Road
Holcombe, Radstock

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
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3 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Howard Jones - - #30962

Really enjoyed this course with Kate. Learnt a huge amount in just the three days.

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Bill Wallace - - #30747

I cannot believe what I was able to achieve over 3 days.
Kate was brilliant, very patient and encouraging.
I just wish I lived close enough to do a weekly course with her.
Many many thanks Kate.

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Jane Shergold - - #25069

A really great experience and was amazed by what we all produced at the end in such a short period of time.

On the first day we all produced a model of what we wanted to make and this provided the blue print for the carving.

What I liked about it was that it was completely practical and we just got on with it. Kate is a wonderful teacher and provided excellent one-to-one tuition in a small group setting, helping everyone and offering advice on every stage of the carving.

Over the three days we learnt to cut out the basic shape and gradually create the final piece. I was really surprised how close to the original model the final sculptures were and it’s certainly inspired me to do more. I learnt such a lot and the hours just flew by.

I would really recommend this course whether you are a beginner or have done stone carving before.

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Neil Atkinson - - #25066


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Neil Galloway - - #25045

I had a wonderful time on one of Kate’s 3 day sculpture courses. As a complete novice I found Kate to be both supportive and an excellent teacher. She was able to effectively accommodate a range of experience and abilities within the group and an even wider range of themes to participants chosen pieces. Everyone had a really enjoyable 3 days and the time passed incredibly quickly. Highly recommended. Many thanks Kate.

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Annette Jarratt-Knock - - #24378

This is a really great course; Kate is an excellent tutor, helping you to see your piece in the block, teaching and guiding you in the techniques to make your design come alive in stone. It is also great fun and has a wonderful atmosphere.

If you've never done something before it can be daunting, especially being in a mixed ability group, but Kate is inspirational and empowers you, so that it is truly a fun and relaxing experience.

I've been on the 3 day course a couple of times now, carved both a large piece and, in soapstone, a small ornamental piece, it is very rewarding and all class members have always been supportive of one another. I have no doubt I'll be coming back again sometime soon.

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Anona Williams - - #24326

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Response from The Stone Carving Studio:

Thank you Anona, it was a pleasure to teach you!

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