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Carlotta Barrow

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.

Heather Gibbons - Painter & Printmaker

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 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 - CarvingValentine Quinn

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.

Visit the Photo Gallery for some fantastic stone carving photographs
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