When I was working in Malaysia as a stone carver helping to carve architectural decoration for a mansion in Kuala Lumpur, I worked with a very talented stone carver from England, Lucy Churchill (www.lucychurchill.com). She is a dear friend and a real talent, and I just wanted to share her web site. She was the one that first put a stone chisel in my hand, showed me how to hold the chisel, told me never to carve off the edge of the stone (the stone will most definitely break).
We had first met when we were both studying as the City and Guilds Art College in London. We became fast friends, and then both had the wonderful opportunity of travelling to Malaysia for 6 months for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carve some amazing limestone decorations. We were the only 2 females among about 10 tough English stone-masons in Malaysia. It was really an incredible experience, and with this being my first experience with stone carving, I was thrown in at the deep end. Lucy was there to coach me along – both with technical and artistic help and moral support, and we developed a life-long friendship.
Some of the places where she has worked as a stone carver:
- Lord Rothschild’s marble fireplaces, Spencer House, London
- St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
- York Minster
- Ely Cathedral
- The Tibetan Peace Garden, Imperial War Museum, London
- The Peace Garden, Sheffield
- Corpus Christi College, Cambridge