Learn How to Carve Stone
Zoë has been working with stone for over 15yrs. She’s worked as an architectural stone mason, letter carver, restoration carver and sculptor, giving her a breadth of knowledge ideal for teaching. She has an infectious passion for her craft, which inspires students and helps them gain the most possible from their time learning.
Whilst on her masonry apprenticeship Zoë spent her free time rowing, competing nationally. She went on to Coach rowing at Shrewsbruy School and her local boat club.
Teaching all ages, Zoë loved coaching the sport and found seeing her students progress very rewarding. Zoë has found a similar passion for teaching carving and has been able to implement the coaching skills she learnt.
Keen to promote her craft to the widest audience possible and facilitate learning across the world Zoë offers both in person and online courses. Please continue reading to see which suits you best.
Zoë teaches in person stone carving course from her studio in Hampshire. The courses vary from a half day for families through to an entire weekend.
She is passionate about her craft and loves to pass on her skills to her students. The courses are great for families, groups, couples or individuals, they also make wonderful presents.
Zoë provides all the tools and stone, she also has carving kits available for you to buy and take home if you want to carry on practicing!
There are no dates currently available, but more will be coming soon. Please leave your details below to be put on the course waiting list and be the first to know when more dates are released.
1 Day Course
A one day course ideal for those who have never picked up a chisel before. Allowing plenty of time in the morning to get to grips with the basics, then after a break (and a rest!) for lunch you’ll move on to your main project.
Zoë will provide everything you need to carve, including tools and material, you’re also welcome to take your work away with you.
Zoë is also happy to offer a day course for those who have carved before and would like more teaching, this will be subject to numbers, please email if interested
2 day Course
2 day courses happen both at weekend and during the week.
They are ideal for those who have maybe dabbled a little before or who are more familiar with practical work (although complete beginners are welcome too)
Come with your friends, partner or family and make a weekend of it. We’ll work on chisel control, how to set out our projects, including basic geometry, develop a consistent technique for achiving the right angle and delpth with the chisel. You’ll have a number of training exercises before working on your final project.
Lunch is provided either as a picnic by the Test river during the summer months or in the orangery of Houghton Lodge in the winter. There is an excellent pub in the village for a post carving drink and an evening meal where Zoë will no doubt join you!
Zoë is happy to help with recommendations about accommodation should you need them.
4hrs introduction to carving private lesson. 5 participents maximum.
If you have group of friends, family or colleagues who would like an exclusive 3hr introduction then this is the option for you.
Carving can be enjoyed by a variety of ages. Zoë is happy to teach anyone from as young 10yrs old with no upper age limit. The only thing required is a fairy good attention span!
Families are some of Zoë’s favourite groups to teach as she loves inspiring the younger generations whilst also giving a famliy group a unique experience. In her experience children are often better at carving than adults!
If you have a group of friends, colleagues or students who would like a course tailored to their requirements or schedule, Zoë is always happy to discuss this.
If you would like Zoë to come to your venue then please contact her to discuss this further.
ONLINE WITH DOMESTIKA
Earlier in the year Zoë flew to Madrid (with a crate of stone!) to film a beginners guide to stone carving with Domestika. The course is being finalised at the moment, when it’s released a link will be available from here. In the meantime if you’d like to be kept up to date please sign up to Zoë’s newsletter.