Laura Barnett - Biography

While growing up in North Warwickshire Laura developed a lifelong passion for history, art and architecture, indulging her interests at home in the UK and later through travel to countries including Egypt, Greece, Cuba and Peru.

After taking a BSc in Management Science and Biology at De Montfort University (Leicester), Laura worked for 15 years in various policy/team management roles for the Civil Service in Westminster, London. Eventually deciding to follow her more artistic instincts, she commenced a year of evening classes before leaving her job to embark on full-time study - City & Guilds Advanced Diploma in Stonemasonry at Building Crafts College and Postgraduate Diploma in Stone Carving at City & Guilds of London Art School - plus development of her other sculpture and design abilities.

Laura undertook valuable work experience at Canterbury Cathedral, Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire and St Paul's Church in Hammersmith, and had pieces displayed in exhibitions at Carpenters' Hall in the City of London, the graduate show at City & Guilds Art School, Artists Studio Company's Open Studios events and Morley Gallery (in aid of The Stroke Association). As part of City & Guilds Art School's project with Windsor Castle, Laura became one of the fortunate past students who have each designed and carved their own new grotesque for St George's Chapel - and she's had the pleasure of seeing her lion in place... Windsor chapel's modern grotesques

Laura launched Amarna Stoneworks and Crafts in order to create her own sculptural designs in stone and through wood carving/turning, jewellery making, pottery and modelling/casting. Since relocating to Thanet for family and health reasons, Laura has become a member/volunteer with Broadstairs Town Shed and joined the Margate Made group of local artisans and artists. She remains a member of Impact Brixton and the makers' collective Rock Paper Scissors, which works with the London branch of the L'Arche international charity: West Norwood community cooperation

If you are interested in Laura's work, please do get in touch to discuss potential new projects.

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Getting British Business Online
Laura Barnett,
19 Jun 2010, 17:57