Why Cat’s Eye Carving?
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
2M ago
When I moved to Gloucestershire to take up my apprenticeship at Gloucester Cathedral, I was asked to design a stonemason’s mark. This mark now appears on everything I carve and it can be found on all the pieces that I carved for Gloucester Cathedral. A little over 30 years ago I was studying sculpture as one of my A-level subjects at Sir Roger Manwood’s school in Sandwich, Kent. I grew up on a farm and we had 4 cats at that time, I loved ancient Egypt and school trips took us to London regularly and I visited the British Museum to draw and study the Egyptian cats. This inspired my A-level exam ..read more
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Reproductions
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
2M ago
Some of the creations that I make to sell are reproductions of my clay models and stone/plaster carvings. This one is a copy of a Medieval Angel found in a Church in Gloucester. St Mary De Crypt in Southgate Street in Gloucester. Once I had some photos, I could sculpt a clay model of the Angel and add the missing parts, then pour the silicone to make the mould. It takes 24hours for the mould to cure, then I can start to cast my reproductions. I mix jesmonite with the sieved stone dust that I save from my stone carvings. Jesmonite is an invention from the 80’s that was developed as a no ..read more
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Recent commissions
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
2M ago
Carpe Diem Carpe Diem was carved into an old grinding stone that my customer brought in to me. After a chisel check to make sure it was suitable for carving, I measured in from the edge and adjusted these measurements to balance the letter forms, this gave me my construction lines for the words. My customer brought in this piece of stone for me to carve his house sign into a few years ago, and he wanted me to use the same font. Burleigh had been painted onto the lintel of his house and that was from where I originally copied it. As this one was designed using a calligraphy pen, it couldn’t ju ..read more
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St Margaret’s Bay sculpture.
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
2M ago
I am so excited to share my photos with you of my 1st in a series of sculptures inspired by St Margaret’s bay near Dover. Inspired by the flint pebbles that are tumbled around by the waves in the chalk and create beautiful shapes. Shapes of footprints, waves and pebbles, nodules of flint that form in the hollows in chalk. The flint that I used for the base comes from a farmer’s field (with their permission) rather than off the beach. I am really excited to start my next sculpture ..read more
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Chalk beach sculpture.
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
2M ago
This is the first in my new series of sculptures inspired by St Margaret’s Bay near Dover. I decided to use a 2 inch thick piece of French limestone for the purity of colour but also it’s density and suitability for this sculpture. I decided to use flint for the base, this isn’t from the beach as I don’t want to remove something that is part of the coastal defences. I have collected, with permission from the land owner from fields, where it would be a nuisance. Here’s a video of me carving a particularly hard area, there is some fossilised shell in the stone so I have to carefully c ..read more
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New jewellery.
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
3M ago
I was asked by a friend if I could make a replacement for a lost earring. I have thoroughly enjoyed sourcing some beautiful lucky dip beads from Etsy shops. This has left me with lots of choice and some beautiful glass beads to make new earrings for my shop. I already use Pearls and slate, and all my jewellery is made from scratch using sterling silver wire. Here are the ones that I have made so far, needless to say, I have some more beads on the way to create some more. I have used sterling silver wire and chosen the beads that work so beautifully together. These are all priced at ..read more
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Seashell sculpture drawings
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
3M ago
I had a lovely few days with my Mum last week on the Kent coast. We went for a walk on the beach at St Margaret’s at Cliffe and my ideas have once again been fuelled by the things I saw. Beautiful beach. Here are the 1st 3 drawings for my new sculptures that I am really looking forward to carving. The beach and cliff It may have been a gloomy day but I had a wonderful time with my Mum, the sea feeds my soul, it nourishes and inspires me. I look forward to getting on with my new carvings ..read more
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Broken seashell.
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
4M ago
I have been quite ill with Covid and as horrible as it was it gave my brain a rest from my work. I have been designing some new sculptures and this is another one in my Broken Seashell series. The smallest shard can give me the inspiration I need to develop my sculptures and show off the beauty of Mother nature. I have hand carved and sanded this beautiful piece of French limestone, it is very delicate. It stands 19.5 inches high and costs £1600 ..read more
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My sculptures.
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
4M ago
Alot of what I design and carve maybe on the small side, this is to ensure that what I do is accessible for more than a small group of people and also ensures that my business remains a success, but my passion lies with the ability to design and carve larger sculptural pieces I am inspired by natural beauty, whether it is found in the sea, in the forest or the elegance of our own forms. I went to school at Sir Roger Manwood’s in Sandwich and at this time they had an excellent 3D art department, and this started my journey in sculpture. I carried out a degree in sculpture in Canterbury from 199 ..read more
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Christmas presents galore.
Cat's Eye Carving
by Caroline Horwood
4M ago
Here is a selection of what I have available from my shop at the moment. Prices start at £18 for my hand carved and painted hearts and letters. Hand carved letters and words are my speciality, I also love designing and carving bookends. I enhance my simple tealight holders with ornamental words to make a beautiful addition to your home or garden ..read more
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