Course Provider: Tom Clark Stonecarver
Contact Name: Tom Clark
Telephone: 01935 822833
Course Length: 2 days
5 star rating, 1 reviewers.
Weekend Stone Carving Course with Tom Clark
> You will have all tools and materials provided
> You will receive expert one-to-one tuition
> You will go home with a finished stone-carving
Come and enjoy a unique experience in the relaxed and beautiful environment of a professional sculptor's 16th century home and workshops in the heart of rural Somerset. Contact Tom for more information and to book your place.
Unlike college or holiday courses, our popular weekend workshops take place in a professional studio context.
In order that students may benefit from individual guidance, numbers are limited to a maximum of six. All ages and absolute beginners are welcome, although more advanced tuition can be given if you already have basic experience working with stone.
During the two-day course, you will learn how to sketch an idea and mark out a carving. You will be shown how to use appropriate tools and will be introduced to a variety of stones used for carving and sculpture.
You will then be given a block of limestone (a soft stone which doesn't require heavy muscles to carve!) to work on at your own pace. And, even though many new students think it impossible, by Sunday afternoon you will have a finished stone carving to take home with you to decorate your house or garden!
I began carving in 1974, first as a monumental mason and then as an ecclesiastical mason serving an apprenticeship at Chichester Cathedral. I became self-employed in 1981 and over the years have worked on many large and interesting restoration projects including St. George's Chapel in Windsor, Westminster Abbey, The National Gallery, The Public Records Office in London and Ely Cathedral.
In the early 1990s my focus shifted to the development of my own sculptural pieces, inspired largely by travels to India and Egypt as well as my love of medieval art. My original designs sell to private and corporate clients worldwide and through a number of galleries across the country.
I feel especially passionate about making this forgotten skill accessible to all and promoting the satisfaction derived from the creative process and the creation of an end product that can be shared and enjoyed by others.
In particular I have had very rewarding experiences with local schools where the children have enjoyed seeing the finished sculptures emerge from the raw materials and recognising the significance of their own involvement.
I live and work at Hurst Barton near Martock, Somerset where my 16th century hamstone house and grounds host a collection of workshops which has supported the number of collaborative projects I am able to engage in and the opportunities for inviting students onsite to partake in the stone-carving courses.
Also on location is a showroom where my sculpture and carvings are on permanent display and which also houses a select number of exhibitions through the year.
What's included in the price?
Fee includes tuition and all materials as well as a homemade lunch and tea/coffee.
You will be one of a group of maximum 8 students.
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