Once completed, the clay model is often cast into a permanent material, such as plaster or resin. This makes it more durable to work from, as clay will eventually dry out.
This is also when the artist decides on a finish, whether the surface with be polished smooth, or retain the chisel marks.
Every carving begins by first making a clay model. If it is a portrait, it will involve the subject sitting for the artist to allow them to create an accurate likeness. This stage is crucial for the artist to work out in the clay any issues they might have in design and composition, which cannot be modified later in stone.
Trained at Weymouth College and City and Guilds of London Art School, Anna is a qualified stonemason, lettercutter, sculptor and stonecarver.
With over a decade in the stone industry, Anna has worked on projects all over the UK, France and Italy.
Her work appears on historic buildings around London, including The Palace of Westminster, Whitehall, The Canadian High Commission, and The Royal Academy of Art
After spending a year as Carving Fellow at City and Guilds of London Art School in 2012, Anna now works in South London.