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Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives

While in St Ives, me and Phil visited Barbara Hepworth’s former studio. Hepworth worked in the studio and it’s garden from 1949 until her death in 1975. It’s only a small museum as the studio itself was based in a small building, but it’s stunning – especially on a sunny day. The studio and garden contain a selection of Hepworth’s sculptures in wood, stone and bronze – with a number of the bronzes in the garden in the positions in which Hepworth placed them.

Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives, Cornwall

Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives, Cornwall

Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives, Cornwall

Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives, Cornwall

Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives, Cornwall

Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives, Cornwall

Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives, Cornwall

Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives, Cornwall


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Stone Carving – my one and only attempt

I’m typing this post in front of the TV while watching Cartoon Network! I haven’t watched much kids TV lately, but I’m pretty impressed with the Amazing World of Gumball and Regular Show.

Having mentioned the MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) in my last post, I thought this might be a suitable time to post the image below. The MAC run a load of courses and one of those I’ve previously attended is stone carving. We were lucky to have a really talented sculptor, Michael Scheuermann as our teacher.

Being fairly petite (and over cautious about taking off too much stone) stone carving took me ages. It took me a couple of terms worth of classes to create the woman’s head pictured below, in which time other members of the class had created two or three sculptures. The head is carved in sandstone, which is a nice soft stone for a beginner to carve. The hair effect was created using a tooth chisel which is one of the basic stone carving tools.

Carved sandstone head