Slate Carving Workshops
Workshop Level: 1. Up to 8 participants each day with instructor Kerry O Furlani. No experience needed. $200 per day or $350 for both days
Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21 2017
This workshop introduces you to slate carving techniques using hand chisels and mallets. The workshop will focus on having participants carve pieces of slate that will become permanent signs in our master feature park. This will primarily be done using a raised letter method. You will be guided through the drawing, composition, and spacing of your letter forms and learn to translate the inscription into a carving. No previous experience with drawing or carving necessary.
On a site where the stone walls are rather ephemeral, being rebuilt multiple times per year, this is a great chance to create a permanent element at The Stone Trust. Each time you return in the future, you will find the signs you helped carve!
The signs will be of the “garden spike” variety, using long narrow pieces of slate that are often available as cut-offs from making other products. The slate sign pieces are several inches wide and 4-6 feet long. They will be placed in the Masters Feature Park to name the various types of walls and features there. Participants can expect to carve anywhere from several letters to an entire sign over the course of the workshop.
Class demonstrations and one-on-one guidance will be emphasized. A handout of lettering design principles will be given to each student at the start of the class to be used as an aid throughout the day. Please bring safety glasses, and lunch. Fee includes tool rental for the duration of the workshop.
The techniques learned in this workshop can be applied to many types of letter and relief carving.
Kerry O. Furlani is a sculptor known for her expressive slate carvings of incised and burgeoning forms. She gives life to her work using mallets and chisels, traditional methods introduced to her while training at the Frink School of Figurative Sculpture, in Stoke-on-Trent, England, in the late 90s.
Her work has been exhibited throughout Vermont, New York, and Washington DC and is in the collections of the Shelburne Museum, in Shelburne, Vt., and the Slate Valley Museum, in Granville, NY. Her slate carvings were selected for Sculpture 2010, an exhibition juried by Ryan Hill, curator at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
In the winter of 2011, Furlani received a grant from the Vermont Arts Council to return to the UK and study in Wales with a master letter carver.
Furlani’s slate-wood furniture collaborations are featured in Lark design series publications: 500 Tables and Lark Studio Series: Table.
For over a decade, Furlani has been teaching slate carving workshops and offering public demonstrations of relief and letter carving at schools and community events, in and around Vermont.
This workshop is suited to beginners and those with previous experience. The cost is $200 (Members receive a 10% discount). The workshop will run 8:30am-4:30pm with 1/2 hour lunch break. This workshop is open to everyone!
*Please note if you encounter errors or problems while registering please email Brian Post or call (802) 490-9607, so we can correct the problem, and improve our registration process.
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