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Slate Lettering and Relief Carving

This workshop will introduce raised letter carving. Those interested in traditional “V” cut letter carving will be able to learn that as well. This slate carving workshop will emphasize play and hands on learning.  Bring your enthusiasm! Kerry says  “We are born to use our hands and imagination to make things. As your instructor, I will put tools and slate in front of you and guide you through design and carving basics. My hope is to inspire you. My thrill is to watch you flower as you discover your innate ability to carve stone.”  The slate will come from the nearby quarries in Poultney, Vermont. This native Vermont stone is a wonderful soft but sturdy material for learning hand carving techniques. It holds line exceptionally well and is durable for the outdoors.

About the instructor:

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.

Upcoming Slate Lettering & Relief Carving Workshops:

Check out The Masters Park at The Stone Trust, where this workshop will take place:

Students carving at a workshop.