Zoë Wilson MSDC

Stone Work & Letter Carving

About Zoë
Zoë is a traditionally trained stone carver creating unique hand carved geometric patterns. She is hugely passionate about her craft, creating new and exciting pieces combining her love of pattern with her skills as a carver. Working with stone for over 12 years, whilst her carving is simple in its manufacture, using only a mallet and chisel, it’s born from a wealth of knowledge gleaned from highly skilled craftsmen over the years. Zoë loves to use local stone to carve with her favourite being Welsh slate from a small quarry not far from where she grew up.
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Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1985, Zoë has always had a love of creating both artistically and in her father’s workshop. Encouraged to follow her passion she completed a degree in fine art but developed a love for stone whilst working for a granite manufacturing company.
Zoë went on to complete a 3-year apprenticeship in stone masonry, developing skills as a mason before running her own workshop. A chance introduction lead Zoë to carry out a further two-year apprenticeship with renowned letter carver, John Neilson.

Wanting to develop her skill further Zoë gained a place on the Historic Stone Carving diploma course at City and Guilds of London Art School in 2013. During her second year she received a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) who recognised Zoë’s passion and talent for stone carving and supported her studies.
After graduating, Zoë and her husband moved to live in South East Asia for two years. She was exposed to a wonderfully diverse culture and environment, extraordinary carving and intricate Islamic patterns, which was a turning point in her creative interests.
Now settled back in the UK living in Aberdeen, she carves in her garden workshop. Last year Zoë was honoured to be chosen as a brand ambassador for John Smedley knitwear to celebrate their 235th anniversary.

Hugely passionate about her craft, Zoë has spoken at a number events organised by QEST including a Royal Warrant Holders AGM at St, James’ Palace and a panel discussion about the state of British craft held at the V&A with Dr Jonathan Foyle.

The Covid pandemic lockdown has allowed Zoë to continue developing her new body of work, which focuses on her fascination with pattern carved in her favourite stone, Welsh slate.

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  • First Class Diploma in Historic Stone carving from City and Guilds of London Art School
  • Yeoman mason of the Worshipful Company of Masons
  • Scholar of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.
  • Traditional three-year Apprenticeship served in Architectural stone masonry
  • Trained under renowned letter carver John Neilson
  • Member of the Lettering Arts Trust.

Notable achievements include: Brand ambassador for John Smedley Knitwear with work exhibited and displayed in London and Japan. Gargoyle chosen for St Georges Chapel, Windsor. Work owned by His Royal Highness Sultan of Brunei. Exhibitions with the Lettering Arts trust at Snape Maltings. Shortlisted for the John Byrne Award in 2020

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