About us : Our Tutors
Carlotta Barrow - Sculptor
Carlotta is a sculptor and painter, and after many years working and exhibiting in London has returned to her family home in Purbeck. Living in the last house on Peveril Point, surrounded by quarries she has developed a keen interest in stone carving.
After tuition at the Portland Sculpture Trust and with professional sculptors, she has now developed her own style. She has been very much involved with the Burngate Stone Centre since it opened and is now teaching the children's 'Have-a-go' carving classes. She is very keen to pass on this knowledge to a new generation, and loves the creativity and enthusiasm of the children.
Michael Bizley - Sculptor
Michael Bizley is a sculptor living and working in Dorset. He worked as a mason during the building of Guildford Cathedral before studying at Guildford School of Art.
He works mainly to commission Ė landscape and garden sculpture, interior pieces, architectural and restoration. The material for his carving is stone, marble, wood and terracotta.
His work is represented in public and private collections in Europe, USA, and Australia.
Anna Bowen - Letter Carving and Carving
Anna studied ‘brush lettering’ and relief carving at the John Stevens Shop in Newport Rhode Island, USA. She works to commission in stone, wood and glass and is a carver with the Memorials by Artists organization and in 2008 she was an Artist in Residence at West Dean College. Her smaller pieces of creatively cut lettering can be seen in Dorset galleries.
Anna has taught at Weymouth College, Craven College, from her workshop and outreach into schools. In 2008 she was commissioned by Purbeck District Council to carve six boulders – temporarily located at the Burngate Stone Carving Centre – which are slowly being incorporated back into rebuilding the drystone wall a long the South West Coastal Path near Langton Matravers.
Anna has recently been awarded a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
Alan Davis - Letter Cutter and Stone Mason
Alan Davis was born in Dorset and has been immersed in the local stone trade since leaving school, his love of using stone being sparked by his fatherís haulage business which served many local quarries.
Alan studied architectural masonry and letter cutting at Weymouth College. He now has over 30 years of experience and a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the stone masonry trade. Having been a self- employed freelance mason means that he has worked in nearly all the surrounding local quarries. During that time he has been involved in the journey of stone right from the quarrying and digging to the shaping , finishing and installing of a piece of work.
He now has an established monumental masonry business which he has been running for the last 20 years. He now lives in Rempstone with his family but used to live in Harmanís Cross where we he has also worked with the sculptor Mary Spencer Watson, helping in the preparation of some of her later works. During this time he has been involved in the installation of many of her exhibitions, and other major artists in London Galleries, Universities and prominent places.
At times Alan has worked with architects on restoration projects to both modern and listed buildings, as well as repairing and restoring sculpture and works of art.
Alan has always had a love of art and produces his own sculptures and yet still enjoys the more disciplined architectural carving such as moulded fireplaces. He is happy to undertake commissions on a wide spectrum of stone masonry, such as Letter Cutting and Relief Carving, Fireplace surrounds, Memorial stones, Building Restoration, Sculpture, Stone tables and seats and also Dry stone walling.
Heather Gibbons - Painter & Printmaker
Heather's initial training was in printmaking and textile design at Bournemouth College of Art, after which she was employed by Dorset County Council teaching art and design to City & Guilds level. Her interest in painting - as an extension to printmaking - later led her to complete a fine art diploma at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth.
Her work is regularly exhibited and, since 1994 she has taken part in Dorset Art Weeks and Purbeck Art Weeks since it came into being in 2003.
Di Quinn – 3D Wire & Sculpture
Di trained at St Martin’s School of Art, Birmingham Art College and Chelsea School of Printing and Weymouth College – and has over 25 years experience as a sculpture technician in moulding and finishing cold cast bronze resin. Di has also taught Art at Weymouth College.
Di is interested in all Arts and Crafts and practices a wide range of work including life drawing, painting and sculpture in resin, wire and plaster. She is involved with setting up, running and promoting several local craft fairs, events and the Purbeck Artists and Stallholders Group.
Valentine Quinn - Carving
Val Quinn taught Art at Comprehensive level for several years before leaving the profession in 1981 to learn stone masonry and carving skills in Weymouth.
After taking part in sculpture events in Swanage he moved to Purbeck with his wife and family in 1987 in order to find work as a stonemason to learn and gain experience in a local quarry. Val worked for H.F. Bonfield & Son for eleven years. Bonfields are one of the oldest quarrying families in Purbeck, digging and working stone and marble since 1651 and beyond.
Since going freelance Val still does work for Bonfields, and other quarries in the area, specializing in carving and lettering. He also undertakes private commissions and personal sculpture, including memorials. He lives and works in Langton Matravers.
Jonathan Sells - Carving
Jonathan Sells is a professional stone carver and mason who studied architectural carving and stone masonry at Weymouth College, Dorset, where he trained with Portland stone masons.
As a sculptor and artist he is self-taught. His thirty years experience has enabled him to work successfully with architects, public bodies and individual members of the public to create unique and inspiring pieces of artwork.
As an international sculptor, he works from his studio base at Corfe Castle, Dorset, where he happily undertakes hand carved stonework commissions including fireplaces, garden furniture, water features, birdbaths, functional artefacts for inside and out, wedding and birth gifts, lettercutting and restoration work.