About the Course
Two day course introduces basic stone carving techniques and use of tools to create a three dimensional form from either sandstone or limestone.
(eg: owl, seated cat or green man)
The reference image is your choice from our stock and the finished work can be taken home at the end of the course.
These courses are suitable for complete beginners as individual, step by step tuition will be given, however, if you have stone carving experience and would like to follow a different plan that would be fine too.
Stone, use of tools and light refreshments are included in the price. Stone carving courses run throughout the year, please contact for availability.
This course is taught by Miranda, a professional sculptor and qualified teacher with over 20 years experience.
The studio is at Amerton Farm near Stafford, a visitor attraction with facilities including free parking, farm shop; bakery; gift shop; cafe and activities.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The fee includes stone, (either limestone or sandstone), use of basic tools and individual tuition. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available in the studio on a 'help yourself' basis.
What a great two day course, as a total beginner to stone carving I was really looking forward to it and was definitely not disappointed.
Miranda is a superb teacher and with her gentle nudging and encouragement in the right direction ended the course with a lovely stone carving and a wish to carry on and do more carving.
Thank you Miranda.
Norman Kelsall - - #20275
Knowledge and experience is something one acquires, to pass that knowledge onto other requires a good teacher and Miranda is one of the best.
We are a class of mixed abilities all working at our own pace, should a chip too far remove a vital piece
Miranda is quickly at your side with reassuring words to put you back on track. With her support, always encouraging you to make the final decision, you will produce a carving to be proud of.
Gillian Bertram - - #10153
I can't praise this course too highly. There is a cheerful and purposeful atmosphere in the class. Whether you're a novice or an expert, Miranda Wakeman will teach you the appropriate skills on an individual basis. She will discuss options with you but, like all good teachers, she will encourage you to become more confident by making your own decisions about how to develop your work.
Phil Baskerville - - #10138
Starting with the basic techniques of using the right tools in the correct way, Miranda guides you to a level where you can 'lisen' to the stone to know you are hitting it correctly. She helps you to achieve your design idea with just the right amount of help.
The others in the group are a great bunch and we have lots of laughs and interesting discussions while we 'bash' away.
We work outdoors when it is fine weather and can make as much mess as we like but there is an indoor studio if it gets too wet or cold.
Anyone wanting to learn something new with exercise ,fresh air and good company, this is the course for you!
Vanessa Eardley - - #9992
As a complete novice to stone carving I found Miranda encouraging and informative, her enthusiasm infectious.
She gently guides you through, sharing a depth of knowledge acquired over many years as a professional sculptor in a manner that is easy to understand.
After just six weeks I have produced my first piece and am now completely hooked.
Sian Morgan - - #9702
I have been going to Miranda's stone carving classes for 2 years. She is an excellent teacher and has encouraged me to progress from complete beginner to more advanced pieces. The classes are really enjoyable and very friendly. Miranda provides guidance as needed and helps each person at their own pace. Working outdoors is great and there is indoor studio space if needed. I would strongly recommend this class to anyone wanting to try a new creative hobby.
Claire - - #9613
Miranda is a fantastic teacher. She knows just how to give advice and at the same time giving you the opportunity to make decisions and to reflect on your work. I have learnt so much and continue to do so and am really pleased with my sculptures. It is also a very sociable group and you can exchange ideas with others.
I have been on the course for nearly three years (in all weathers!) and highly recommend it.
Linda Spencer - - #9601
An excellent class with an excellent teacher. Miranda is always happy to help you in order to achieve the best results.
Haleh Salari - - #9593
I have been on many stone sculpture courses,Miranda's is by far the best.She is an expert in the field who knows exactly how to guide each individual pupil so that they produce really worthwhile pieces.This applies to complete beginners and to those with some carving experience.I drive from Wrexham to Amerton each Thursday-one and half hours-Winter and Summer!So it must worth it!
Rosemary Smith - - #9589
I have a very non 'artistic' background and yet in the year I have been going I have made two pieces that I am very pleased with. This is principally due to Miranda's excellent teaching, both in the basic carving skills and in helping me to see shapes and relationships better. I can't recommend it too highly.
Barry Gait - - #9587
This course is excellent because Miranda guides us through the processes to reach the finished piece. Likewise, Miranda leaves us work out what we want to do and helps us to reach our goals. It is very good as you can catch up on sessions if you miss one; the stone carving runs on Thursdays and Saturdays.
jill Sumner - - #9586
Miranda is a wonderful teacher
She can really see what you are trying to achieve and put you back on track if you are going wrong
I have never done stone carving before and I am really pleased with the 2 pieces that I have created
I am really lucky to have such a great class so close to home
Andrew Douce - - #9584
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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