Tuesday, 23 August 2011

When in Rome…

When I was about 25 I was taught to cut letters in stone by my grandfather, Stephen Rickard, who had learnt at the Royal Academy in the 1930s and 40s. It's a very satisfying medium - the piece in the foreground was my first attempt, and it was on a bit of broken York stone (hence the choice of word). The alphabet behind is on a slab of Portland. There's something temptingly mischievous about having the ability to "set things in stone"!

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