In 2017, History of Art graduate Lara Townsend completed a four-year stonemasonry apprenticeship with Historic Environment Scotland (HES), followed by an HES Stone Carving Craft Fellowship, working on a Corinthian capital for the Four Courts in Dublin.
Lara is now based in Edinburgh and looking to further her career in stone carving and letter cutting. Having taught the basics of letter cutting for years through HES outreach work and Glasgow School of Art, she will take her teaching and practice of this endangered craft to the next level through a year’s training in the Perthshire workshop of 2004 QEST Scholar Gillian Forbes.
“During my QEST Kirby Laing Foundation Scholarship, we will spend three days a week working on design, layout and letter cutting, as well as relief and incised carving in sandstone, slate and marble. I have also enrolled on complementary courses in drawing, photography, clay modelling and graphic design.”