Thomas Sargeant is a stone carver based in Sussex, specialising in the tradition of fine letter carving. His love for the material and how it can be crafted stems from his father, who was himself a stone carver. The QEST Mason's Company grant has allowed Tom to continue the development of his skill-set under the tutelage of Christopher Elsey, with whom he has trained since 2013.
The traditional workshop of The Stone Carving and Lettering Studio is a unique and stimulating environment that will allow him to experience what it is to be a working and successful stone carver today. Ultimately the support from QEST has made it possible for Tom to realise his passion as a career. Since the beginning of his scholarship he has worked on a variety of commissions for both memorial and public art. Through the studio he takes part in all stages of production from client relations, design work, execution and fixing.
Alongside this he has begun to take on his own commissions - most notably, his design for a commemorative plaque to Oscar Wilde is to be made this autumn and next year he will be carving a memorial artwork to commemorate those who lost their lives in the liberation of Kuwait during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, which will be placed in St Pauls' Cathedral, London.
After his year-long scholarship he is to become a partner at the workshop in Sussex and aims to champion the traditions of his craft alongside furthering his development as a maker in stone.