Approved: 17.05.2012

Kate Semple

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Approved: 17.05.2012

When you look at stone you see time in a solid form, millions of years worth. I make sculpture that keeps this essence of the ancient, but I try to view stone with fresh eyes, and produce work that surprises and intrigues.
Craftsmanship is extremely important to me, and I work stone using traditional techniques, but in a contemporary way, producing quirky, original,well made sculpture.
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  • Location: Frome, South West
 

Biography

When you look at stone you see time in a solid form, millions of years worth. I make sculpture that keeps this essence of the ancient, but I try to view stone with fresh eyes, and produce work that surprises and intrigues. Craftsmanship is extremely important to me, and I work stone using traditional techniques, but in a contemporary way, producing quirky, original,well made sculpture. I have used many different types of stone, my favourite is Portland. It takes a huge amount of effort and human endeavour to quarry stone, a precious resource extracted from our land. I have an emotional link to the stone that is local to me, so I enjoy using it, and Portland is a great stone for sculpture. Working stone on a large scale can be quite a feat of engineering, but I hugely enjoy the challenge. The creative side, designing a site specific sculpture, collaborating with the client to produce something that fulfils their brief, but still has my sculptural style in abundance. I also like the organising involved in producing and placing a large piece of work. I produce small work for exhibition, I find this keeps the ideas flowing, and keeps me developing in new directions.

CV & Education

Private commissions 2010 - Interlocking Notes, Portland Stone. The largest, most adventurous piece I've made, Private garden, From, Somerset 2008 - Spheres in a Box, large garden commission, Private house, Brewham, Somerset Public commissions 2009 - Circle of Life, Portland stone and glass, Somerset PCT, Large sculpture outside new hospital in Frome, Somerset Corporate commissions 2012 - Large outdoor sculpture, in Portland stone and blown glass., Barteak Developments, building contractors, Stanbridge Hall, Banbury, Oxfordshire 2009 - 20 sculptures over a couple of years for cruise ships, Elstone Hayes Associates, Art agents for cruise ships, Several cruise ships Educational experience - secondary 2011 - Mobile stone carving studio, working in school, students designed and made large public sculpture, Kingsbridge Community College, Kingsbridge, Devin 2009 - Set up The Stone Carving Studio, running stone carving and sculpture courses, The Stone Carving Studio, Holcombe, Radstock, Somerset