Oliver Annaly has been in the stone trade for over 24 years now. Working his way up from labourer, to builder, to bankermason and for the past 12 years. Architectural stonecarver and international sculptor. His workshop and home is in the Southern Brecon Beacons. He has worked on many historical restoration carving projects in this country, including: Salisbury Cathedral, Hampton Court, Stowe School and Craig-y-Nos Castle where he was head mason for 5 years. He has also had his work exhibited in France, Italy and the U.S.A. One of his main passions these days is travelling the world as captain of the 'Team Wales' snow carving organisation loving the grand scale of what can be done in a matter of days and representing the history and culture of this country, among other world wide sculptors.
Mark Thompson runs his company Capital Stone in London, information on his work can be found at www.capitalstonecarving.co.uk
Royse Murphy, G.P and trainee stonemason, Bath College
Marie Louise Bolland,
Growing up in North Yorkshire, I was surrounded by a wealth of stone carving and exceptional examples of masonry from York Minster to Fountains Abbey, and Anglo-Saxon crosses for example the Easby Cross. It was this fascination with medieval architecture and stone carving that lead to me reading History of Art at the University of Leicester where I gained an extensive knowledge of art and sculpture from different periods but chose to specialise in Anglo-Saxon and Viking sculpture in the North East.For a number of years I was based in London, working as a learning and development professional, I attended evening classes to renew my interest in fine art. Enrolling on the City and Guilds course in Stone Carving at City Lit in Holborn was a turning point for me. I quickly realised stone was my preferred medium; I am fascinated by the history and heritage of this craft, the history behind the tools used, and I am continually in awe of the stone itself – its age and formation.At the beginning of 2011 I made the decision to take change career, by returning to full-time education to learn the correct masonry processes for working stone. I enrolled for the Level 2 Diploma in Stonemasonry at Weymouth College, which I completed in December and I am now working towards my Level 3 qualification.
Sarah Klopper is currently self employed, working on her own projects as well as sub-contracting for other, She is currently working on a 23 week contract with a company called Szerelmey Conservation based in Chichester.
Thomas Kenrick is Self-employed and has been a qualified stonemason for 15yrs
Paul Roddan is currently working as a conservator for Carrek Historic Building Conservation on the early 17th Century Wolfeton riding school in Charminster. He has also worked on Lutyens’ Marshcourt in Hampshire and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford over the last twelve months. Paul was a project manager in the public sector for over 12 years when he realised we only live once and so a change of career into the world of stone beckoned. A move to the South coast swiftly ensued to complete the Foundation Degree at Weymouth College in Applied Architectural Stonework and Conservation. Next year Paul plans to continue working with Carrek alongside completing the final year of a BSc in Historic Building Conservation with Kingston University. After winning the 2nd year prize in Weymouth College’s recent boss stone competition, Paul is really looking forward to Gloucester and meeting all the other talented carvers and masons on show.
Luke Kingston trained as a stonemason at Bath College. He has been qualified for 5yrs and currently works as a stonemason at Wells Cathedral. In 2013 he came second in the UK National skills stonemasonry competition.
Paul Synan is an apprentice stonemason at Gloucester Cathedral
Genevieve Abranson served her apprenticeship at York Minster. since then she has worked at The Tower of London carrying out restoration works to The White Tower, laid footpaths in Snowdonia as well as dry stone walling. She now works on commissions from her workshop in North London
Will Jennings is currently working at The Forest of Dean stone firms as a stonemason and is being trained as a draughtsman
Ross Southerington trained at Gloucester Cathedral from 1999-2002. He runs his own business now for more information visit http://www.rsstonemasonry.co.uk
Mary Robbins is an apprentice stonemason with Cat's Eye Carving.
James Wheeler has been a qualified stonemason for 15yrs
Kyle Makowski completed his training in 2012 and won The Worshipful Company of Masons student of the year award, he managed to get a placement on the National Heritage training scheme which is sponsored by the heritage lottery fund. From here he got a placement with the Wells Cathedral Masons. He continues to learn with these fine craftsmen and has worked on the restoration of several of Oxfords finest ecclesiastical buildings.
Tanya Josham has been carving for 12 years, she currently works for Bath College Masonry dept as a technician and instructor. Tanya is a recognised local artist working predominantly in stone from her own studio in Bristol, with works on both sides of the Atlantic she enjoys a small dedicated following of collectors and supporters. Tanya is keen to promote working with stone, running her own workshops, supporting conservation projects and taking on private and public commissions.
Yuko Motoi came to the UK in 1996 to study Sculpture in London she late transferred to Birmingham City Uni. On visit to Gloucester Cathedral in 2006 she was inspired to train as a stonemason and carried out her training at The Building Crafts College in London in 2009. After working for a year Yuko returned to japan to work in her brother's small Architecture business. On her return to the UK she spent some time at The Building crafts college as their resident stonemason.
Yuko has worked on a church in Essex and this year she is starting further training at the Gloucester cathedral masons workshop.
James Bayliss has been working as one of The Gloucester Cathedral stonemasons for 3 years
Mike Gardner has been a stonemason since 2003. He trained at Bath College and is currently working in Devon for Westcountry Stonemasons.
Harry Adderley carried out an FDSC in applied architectural stonework and conservation at Weymouth College followed by a Bsc in Heritage conservation through Bournemouth Uni. He worked at Canterbury Cathedral for a year and a masonry firm in Gloucester for a year. Harry has settled at Westcountry Stonemasons in Devon, currently working at The Royal William yard in Plymouth.
Debs Harrison has been carving stone for many years and she works from her studio in Gloucester.
Maarten De Graaf started his training in Edinburgh back in 2006 but in 07 moved to Weymouth where he completed his level 3 diploma. followed by a course in architectural stonework and conservation. He has been working at Portland Stonefirms since June 2013 and really looks forward to being able to re-assert his creative side at stone carving festivals