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The Stone Carving Studio

Contact name: Kate Semple
Total bookings
about 5 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

Kate has been working with stone for over 25 years. She began as a stone mason, employed for a number of years before returning to her art roots and taking the plunge to become a sculptor. Her work ranges from large public sculptures to small tactile carvings to hold in the hand and everything in between. She has developed an effective way of teaching stone carving over the years, breaking the process down into steps. She never ceases to be amazed by what students manage to produce.

Courses, kits & gifts

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Weekend with sculptor Kate Semple Learning the Ancient Art of Stone Carving
Next date: 21st Sep 2024
3 places left

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
7 May 22'

Abi reviewed: Sculpture in stone for beginners in Somerset - 3 day stone carving course with sculptor Kate Semple

"My partner and I attended Kate’s 3 day course in early May. My career has been in education, art and design, so I’m one of those horribly difficult people to please. However, Kate’s style is fantastic. She gets you going as if by magic. Her lovely style, both relaxed with the right amount of challenge, saw us complete our sculptures on time - and our final pieces were something to be proud of. The other people on the course were great! Interesting, fun and friendly. Thank-you Kate! A brilliant memory."

2 May 22'

Mark Johnstone reviewed: Stone Carving for beginners - 3 day course with sculptor Kate Semple

"Wonderful first stone carving. Kate is great; patient, calm, knowing exactly when to leave you, when to help. True to her word, I left with a very acceptable result, not the woolly sheep my wife had thought after day 1. Nice venue, with plenty of time for tea, chat and socialising. 6 carvers, so no pressures. You do what you want athough it is important to have some clear plans as to what you want to carve before you arrive. I was surprised at my achievement, largely due to Kate's considerable skills at mentoring. Wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone and everyone; just don't stay in Sheet Mallet!! Just come and enjoy, Kate provides everything."

1 Jun 21'

Cliff Hunter reviewed: Sculpture in stone for beginners - 3 day course

"Excellent course, produced a finished carving in the three days much to my surprise and delight. Really good instruction and help, and lots of tea and coffee! Thoroughly recommend the course."

29 Sep 20'

Howard Jones reviewed: Sculpture in stone for beginners - 3 day course

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

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