Kate Montagne works as a modeller and sculptor’s assistant with the respected architectural sculptor, Geoffrey Preston in Devon. Funding from QEST has allowed her to undertake a two year apprenticeship with him, developing her sculptural skills in clay and cast plaster and also in stucco, a rare technique in which Geoffrey is one of the country’s few specialists.
Since receiving her scholarship, Kate has worked on the Great Drawing Room ceiling at Great Fulford, a large and spectacular project which won the 2013 Plaisterer’s Trophy and was commended in the 2013 Georgian Group Awards. Smaller projects throughout the year have allowed her to practice clay modelling, drawing, moulding and casting, and she has helped Geoffrey design and set up exhibitions at the Royal Academy and at Lawrence House in Launceston. Having recently moved to new premises just outside Exeter, Kate will continue working for Geoffrey on upcoming projects in Dorset and Henley upon Thames, and is currently preparing for an exhibition at the Harley Gallery near Welbeck Abbey.