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Sally Hersh - Sculptor, Sundial Maker and Letter Carver


From an early age I wanted to be a sculptor. Over the years I have worked in stone, bronze and clay and have found great enjoyment moving through different aspects of sculpture in these materials.


Sally Hersh in WorkshopMy first love is stone sculpture - carving in soapstone, limestones and alabaster and sometimes marble, ranging from pieces for interiors and conservatories to larger works more suited to gardens and estates. Much sculpture is based on human and animal subjects, often the female form. I like finely marked stone so that its beauty blends with the sculpture and enhances it and does not overwhelm the design in any way. It is important to establish the most appropriate stone for each design.

Much of my work is commissioned, the client having seen examples of my sculpture at an Exhibition or my studio. My work has covered a variety of subjects, usually semi abstract or even completely abstract, as well as making bronze water features.    In addition, portraits in bronze bring an interesting and much enjoyed variation, which I model initially in clay.  I prefer a textured surface to this work to enliven and give 'colour' to the finished head.   I like to find the personality of the sitter and to achieve a good likeness.

Sundials and letter carving have become a natural adjunct to my work as they involve carving in stone too and these range from wall sundials in slate and stone to equatorial sundials and horizontal sundials all of which are commissioned. I design each wall dial in close liaison with the client. I have now received a Major Award from the British Sundial Society in each of their three five-yearly National Award Schemes which seek excellence in the design and making of new and original sundials in the UK.   Other lettercutting commissions include specially designed and hand carved plaques etc., where the use of traditional gilding techniques are often incorporated.

Courses: I run stone carving courses in northern France regularly each year at the beginning of September for new and experienced students. They are held in the pretty garden of a small typical Normandy hotel near Honfleur with a resident 'patron' who is also a French gourmet chef.  The courses are of one week's duration and are proving very exciting and enjoyable with students returning to participate again and again. We work under a large marquee if the weather is bad but mostly move outside into the sunshine and carve in the open air.   The courses are full board and the 5 double rooms are all en-suite and attractive.

Exhibitions have included sculpture pieces in The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, The Royal Society of British Artists, Courcoux & Courcoux in Salisbury, Goodwood House, West Sussex, the Stanley Picker Collection in Kingston-upon-Thames and various one woman exhibitions. I have also exhibited sundials at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court and have sculpture in permanent collections in the USA, Europe and UK. 

I currently exhibit regularly at the Alresford Gallery in Hampshire UK.

Commissions make up a large part of my work, and I am always pleased to discuss individual requirements for sundials or sculptures in stone and bronze.

Contact: Sally Hersh :
Tel: (+44) (0)1798 861248 e.mail: admin@sallyhersh.com or Write to:
Sycamores Studio, School Lane, Lodsworth, Petworth, West Sussex,
GU28 9DH, UK


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