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Nick Roberson

Nick Roberson is a figurative stone carver and sculptor working in both public and private sectors.  In 2012 he became one of only a handful of stone carvers in the UK to be elected a member of the Master Carvers Association. For the past seven years he has run a stone carving business.

Nick has a long track record of historic building and sculptural restoration having trained with English Heritage as part of his apprenticeship.
As a young man I used to visit the home of the Sussex based sculptor and letter carver John Skelton when he opened his studio and garden to the public each year.  My grandfather was a sign writer and gilder and it is influences like these which helped to shape my interest in craft.

I completed my foundation studies in art and design at Eastbourne Art College where the influential artist John Meadows taught life drawing.  Having concentrated on sculpture I travelled to Sheffield Polytechnic to complete a Degree in Sculpture.

I studied architectural stonemasonry and carving, using traditional techniques, under master mason Roy Pepperell at Weymouth and Portland College. 

For the first part of my apprenticeship I worked as an architectural stonemason and carver at Mather & Ellis stonemasons of Manchester.  For the second part I joined the heritage restoration company Treasure & Sons of Ludlow working closely with English Heritage on listed buildings and monuments including Compton Verney, Hill Court, Berrington Hall, Richards Castle Church and Hampton Court ( Herefordshire ).

After working as a freelance carver for 10 years I started my own company in 2006 specialising in figurative work. I am one of the only portrait artists working in stone in the UK today. I specialise in using indigenous British stone and Italian marble and but also work in bronze. I undertake new sculptural commissions as well as restoration projects.
In 2012 I was elected a member of The Master Carvers Association and am one of only eleven members specialising in stone.

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