I run a lettercarving studio on the edge of Cumbria, in the Yorkshire Dales. Here I carve commissions for inscriptions including memorials, garden features and house signs,
as well as carrying out public art projects and making pieces for exhibition. Besides lettering,
I draw illustrations for low-relief carving, linocutting and photo-etching in metal. I also draw and paint lettering for print, and for interiors, such as floors and walls.
Recent large commissions include the Stanza Stones in the south Pennines with poet Simon Armitage; Sheffield city centre seating schemes with poets Matt Black and Ray Hearne; the Poetry Path with poet Meg Peacocke in Cumbria; Discover Eden: wildlife bronze panel waymarking for Eden Valley walking-routes; and lettering for enamelled tiles on Carlisleís Flood Walls.
I run short courses in lettercarving, and have recently received support from the Lettering and
Commemorative Arts Trustís Apprenticeship
Scheme, for training an apprentice, Wayne
Hart, who has now set up his own studio in
Attached to Pipís studio is the old school which has been converted into a delightful holiday cottage. Recently taken on by Pip, it is now available for holiday lets: for short and long stays in beautiful Dentdale, see www.kirkthwaitecottage.co.uk