“Even the person who is not a stone carver can appreciate the special good qualities of stone. Pebbles on the beach and rocks and round pillars and the masonry of Norman castles…are things which all men find beautiful”. Eric Gill
Stone has a dense composite structure, made from plants, minerals and invertebrates over many thousands of years. The variety and beauty of its colours and striations form the bones of the landscape and contribute to its identity. Its different characteristics give stone ‘personality’, which appeals to sculptors.
Sculptors work in granite, Italian marble and many stones found in Great Britain and Europe, including Hoptonwood, Ancaster, Kilkenny and Portland limestones. Stones from India, Africa and South America are growing in popularity with sculptors.