Recent Commissions

Stone for a Private Garden in Belsize Park, London

Hortus Conclusus can be interpreted as meaning an enclosed garden or Paradise. The letters were incised into this wonderful piece of green Cumbrian slate before being painted a soft green colour to quietly enhance the contemplative part of the garden.
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Restoration of The Italian Garden, Godmersham House, Kent
The Studio was commissioned by the Sunley family to design and create a plaque for the restoration of the Italian Garden at Godmersham House which was completed in May 2013.
Godmersham House was once owned by Jane Austen's brother Edward and she was a frequent visitor. It is said she worked on her writing whilst visiting. After the hurricane of 1987 The Studio was able to acquire an amount of mature wood from box trees in Godmersham churchyard which were felled in that storm. Jane Austen worshipped in the Church whilst visiting her brother and the box trees were so old that she must have walked by them on her way into the church. Michael has an ambition to carve a chess set from this wood with the pieces carved as characters from Jane's novels.


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A limewood sculpture of St Mary for St Mary's Church, Dover

This was commissioned in memory of the client's late wife and mother of their five children has been placed in The Lady Chapel of St Mary's Church. The client requested a 'joyful' Mary rather than a 'staid' figure so we designed a figure holding a young baby up with mother and baby looking at each other with smiling faces - a typical pose for all those who have had children themselves. In this instance we are depicting Mary as a young Jewish peasant girl, poorly dressed - materially poor but rich in spirit.

In return for a generous donation to The East Kent Hospices Trust, the Archbishop of Perth, Australia, used an image of the sculpture on his Christmas Card for 2013

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Sunday 3rd February 2013
The dedication of the Saint Mary Sculpture was carried out by Bishop Richard Llewellin at St Mary's church Dover during the morning Eucharist Service in the presence of the client, Fr Michael Hinton, who donated the sculpture to the church in memory of his late wife, Jean. Fr Hinton was joined by many members of his family.

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Bishop Richard Llewellin, Michael Rust, Fr. Michael Hinton, Revd. David Ridley, Vicar of St Mary's Church


The following illustrations show in detail the progress of this important sculpture from the initial block of lime wood:-

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