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Sculpture In Stone

Stone Sculpturer Tom Clark Carving

Designers are always looking for interesting items to finish off a project and make it unique. Sculptural items are perfect for focal points or more subtle decoration but can often be extremely expensive. Unfortunately all too often when the end of the build arrives, the budget for such items has been swallowed up by other parts of the project. However, Tom Clark is a stone carver who caters for all pockets, not only creating large figures and statues with a price tag to match but at the same time producing casts of his most popular carvings for the smaller purse.

His career began as a monumental mason in 1974 moving on to serve an apprenticeship as an Ecclesiastical mason at Chichester Cathedral. Over the years Tom has 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 his focus moved to the development of his own sculptural pieces, partly inspired by his love of medieval art. Time spent in India and Egypt absorbing the architecture, landscape, art, history, people and culture also left a strong mark that is often very apparent in his pieces.

Casting of an Elephant

Working mainly with Portland stone which ages beautifully and looks great in both formal or country settings, Tom’s sculptures for garden and patio range from classical images of lions and elephants to architectural columns and figures, from contemporary female forms to interpretative designs for birdbaths and fountains. One of his simplest yet most effective forms is a bowl carved from solid stone. This can be finished either with jagged edges or rubbed smooth sometimes revealing the natural quartz crystals within. The bowls are suitable for placing outdoors and one can be found in the palace gardens of an Arabian princess. Tom also works with other limestones, Cotswold stone and Bath stone and the scale of works can vary from 25 cm to over two metres in height.

Original designs sell to private and corporate clients worldwide and through a number of galleries in London, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Tom is very comfortable working on bespoke commissions with designers and clients and has a team on hand to help deliver an end result on time and to budget. He also produces limited edition (250) replicas of his work, individually limestone-cast from original carvings plus a range of high-quality, extremely-durable wall plaques.

Tom's Studio - 16th century Hamstone House at Hurst Barton near Martock, Somerset

Not only does Tom enjoy the creative process for himself but he is keen for others to share in this enthusiasm and regularly runs stone carving courses both at his studio (located in a 16th century Hamstone House at Hurst Barton near Martock, Somerset) and at various locations across the country including a series of relief carving courses at the V&A, London. Age is no barrier to this learning process and Tom has found some of the most rewarding experiences have come from working with local school children who have enjoyed being involved in the process and seeing the finished sculptures emerge from the raw materials. A selection of Tom’s sculpture, carvings and casts are on permanent display at his studio which also houses a select number of exhibitions throughout the year.

New in 2009 is a series of casts starting from as little as £10. These are based on some of his most popular stone carvings as well as various new ideas not seen before. You can find full details of Tom’s work, Open Days, Workshops etc at www.tomclarkstonecarver.co.uk.

New For 2010

The 2010 stonecarving workshop programme will include for the first time a 4-day course to be held: June 7th - 10th.

Based on the existing 2-day programme, this short course will also include off-site study trips to local places of interest. The course fee of £350 per person will include all materials, tuition, home-made lunches, entry fees and an evening meal on the last day.

The stonecarving workshops cater for all ages and abilities. Places are limited to a maximum of 8 per course and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tom Clark – 2010 Stonecarving Weekend Workshop Dates:

March 6th & 7th
March 27th & 28th
April 24th & 25th
June 19th & 20th
July 10th & 11th
September 18th & 19th
October 16th & 17th
November 13th & 14th

Come and enjoy a unique creative experience in the heart of rural Somerset. Working at Tom Clark’s 16th century hamstone home and workshops, you will have one-to-one tuition and the opportunity to go home with a finished stonecarving.

Venue

Tom Clark’s Hurst Barton Workshops, Martock, Somerset, TA12 6JU

For more information:

Please call Tom on 01935 822833 or visit the website www.tomclarkstonecarver.co.uk

© Sharon Brown 2nd February 2010

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