Laura Barnett - Biography
After growing up in North Warwickshire and studying management science in Leicester, Laura joined the civil service in London. While working in various central government policy management roles, Laura also continued to indulge a lifelong passion for history, art and architecture at museums and galleries here at home and through travel to countries including Egypt, Greece, Peru and Cuba.
Eventually making the decision to pursue professionally her particular interest in stone carving and sculpture, Laura began evening classes in stonemasonry and left the civil service shortly afterwards. She went on to study full-time to obtain a City & Guilds Advanced Diploma in Stonemasonry at Building Crafts College and a Postgraduate Diploma in Stone Carving at City & Guilds of London Art School.
Laura's studies included valuable periods of work experience at Canterbury Cathedral, Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire and St Paul's Church in Hammersmith. Several of her pieces have been 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). Through City & Guilds Art School's work with Windsor Castle, Laura is also part of the lucky group of past students who have each designed and carved their own new grotesque for St George's Chapel - and she had the pleasure of seeing her work fixed in its long-term home in 2014… Guardian - St George's Chapel
Laura launched Amarna Stoneworks and Crafts in order to undertake traditional stone carving and to create new sculptural designs for public or private commissions and homes and gardens. She is also branching out into jewellery making, pottery, modelling and casting and wood carving. She is a member of the Brixton Impact Hub and the makers' collective Rock Paper Scissors, which works with the London branch of the L'Arche charity: Guardian - West Norwood community projects
If you are interested in Laura's work to date, please do get in touch to discuss potential new projects.
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