During this one day intensive workshop, participants will work with acclaimed stone carver Melanie Wilks to produce a relief carving from Maltese limestone using the traditional techniques employed by Medieval stone-masons.
In the morning participants will be taken to the Chantry Chapel, one of the few surviving medieval bridge chapels conveniently located opposite the gallery, to learn about the fine craftsmanship of the medieval stone carvers who created its intricately detailed facade. You will then work in The Calder where you will be given your own workstation, specialist tools and a block of limestone to carve. You can either choose to carve one of Melanie's template designs- based on animal and plant forms found in nature or medieval designs from the facade of the Chantry Chapel, or you can choose to work on a design of your own making. At the end of the day you will have learnt the skills of stone carving and should have a finished piece to display at home or in the garden.
You can book on to this workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org calling 01924 247398. Members will recieve 25% discount.
Carved from Maltese limestone.
The depiction of the winged human figure has been has been a theme I have returned to over the years. In this piece the figure is perched like a bird, in readiness to soar into the sky and into the unknown. Rather than flight as an escape, this sculpture portrays power and energy, the feeling that anything can and will be achieved.
Red St Bees sandstone
Inspired by the bulbous sculptural form of the closed bud. This sculpture grows, developing in form from rectangular block at the base, upwards to the bulbed blend of the title, blurring the line at which plinth ends and sculpture begins.
DIMENSIONS - 1100mm x 630mm x 390mm