Over the last 20 years Simon Keeley MA has been designing & carving stone carvings for important buildings such as Westminster Abbey, Westminster School & Harley street in London. In recent years he has won Gold & Silver awards for The Craft & Design Magazine. My greatest achievement to date was carving a half life sized St.Peter in Portland limestone - for St.Peters' Church, in Cockfield, Suffolk.
In the summer of 2015, he ran highly successful workshops at
Tate Britain in conjunction with The Barbara Hepworth
Describe your approach to teaching:
I begin the course with a short visual talk of my achievemnts over the years, the tools used for stone carving are all fully explained clearly demonstrated, all stages of the carving are clearly shown - I give individual guidance and 'hands on' practical tuition - carefully monitoring each student during the length of the course. Students are encouraged to continue carving stone in a home space and continue with courses to nurture their development in their new fascination for the world of stone!
What inspires your own work?
Nature - movements and flow of growing & living forms, texture, moving water, landscape History, The Italian Masters, Cathedral & Church Architecture, and the Human Body.