Kerry O Furlani has two Slate Carving workshops coming up this winter which are specifically for dry stone walling professionals and enthusiasts. The Stone Trust has worked with Kerry to make these workshops possible. For more information check out Kerry’s website or email her.
This is a fantastic way to get your hands on some stone, and learn new skills, while there is still snow on the ground!
Carve a Slate Relief Saturday, March, 2011 10am-4pm
Explore the ancient art of stone relief carving. This workshop is open to both beginners and those with previous carving experience. You will be introduced to the tools and techniques used to produce a slate relief and gain hand carving skills that will show you how to create depth, model, and add texture to your piece.
Class demonstrations and one-on-one instruction will be emphasized. Please bring safety glasses, a bag lunch, and a 12 x 12” line drawing (or find a symbol at the start of the workshop from the instructor’s design books) to translate into slate.
Letter Carving Taster Sunday, March 12, 2017 10-4
This workshop introduces you to the ancient Roman techniques of V-cut letter forms using hand chisels and mallets. You will be guided through the drawing, composition, and spacing of your letter forms and learn to translate your inscription into a carving. No previous experience with drawing or carving necessary. A simple project of completing an inscription will be the goal in this introductory 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, a bag lunch, and a loose sketch of an inscription to fit a 12 x 12” slate tile.
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.