Contact Pippa Unwin
Tel: 07811 489230
Delamore, Cornwood – May 2014
ArtParks International – Guernsey 2014
Harbour House Kingsbridge – SHAF Contemporary Passions
SHAF Arts Trail – Avon Mill – Oct 2014
Avon Mill – continual exhibits
SWSA – Seale Hayne – December 2013
SHAF Arts Trail – Oct 2013
Wylye Valley Arts Trail – May 2011, 2013
Salisbury Arts Trail – Oct 2010, 2012
Dorset Art Weeks – June 2010, 2012
Delamore, Cornwood – May 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,
Bristol Festival of Stone – 5 day festival, working among 50 national and international carvers and sculptors, each carving a block of Bath stone to represent the theme of ‘Emergence’.
– Won Artists’ Choice Award and Festival Award
– Commended .
European Stone Festival, Trondheim, Norway – Festival hosted by Nidaros Cathedral, about 150 international masons and carvers were set the task of carving a ‘Fairytale’ from a small block of soapstone
– Won 3rd Prize.
April 2014 Became member of SWSA
October 2012 Joined South Hams Art Forum
My career has been quite varied – I have been 1st mate on a 50’ yacht, worked for the RSPCA, written and illustrated children’s books and painted scenery for Salisbury Playhouse, but have always been fascinated with stone and carving. At school in Wells, I spent hours in the Cathedral, absorbed by the energy and humanity of the masons’ work. Later, married to a geologist I learnt about the formation and structure of stone.
I learnt the traditional skills from stonemasons, who treat the stone with respect and honesty; my work is practical and nonsentimental.
I am inspired by art of different cultures, geometry and nature, but mostly carve the natural form – I enjoy trying to capture the animal’s individual character and spirit – discovering more about the stone itself, its limitations and possibilities.
I now live and work in Aveton Gifford with my husband, Andy and dog, Beetle. Aveton Gifford was known historically as ‘The village of the Masons’, and my workshop stands on the 15th century stone bridge that spans the Avon, on the edge of the village. I run stonecarving courses on request, but I’m always happy to see anyone who would like to call in on their way past!