Tom Nicholls

2011 QEST Scholar - Stone Carving

A sculptor and stone carver, Tom first found his aptitude and love for carving as a child, being taught by his father (also an artist) to carve stone heads and animals. Appreciating the importance of traditional skills, Tom chose to study stonemasonry, lettering and carving at Weymouth College.  He went on to gain extensive experience in historic restoration carving and conservation working with one of the UK’s most respected conservation companies. QEST funding then enabled him to pursue his passion for sculpture and embark on a Post Graduate Diploma in Historic Carving at the City & Guilds of London Art School.

Since graduating Tom has completed various high profile commissioned works as well as co-founding London Stone Carving Ltd. As a director of London Stone Carving, he has been involved in various notable projects including carving two new life-sized statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the Albert Hall. A highly respected craftsman, he is known for his ability to design and create sculptures that are uniquely his own whilst remaining true to his clients’ vision.

In my most successful work I seek to capture the beauty and movement found in underlying form.

QEST Sanderson Rising Star Craft Award

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