Andy Hopkins
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After 25 years working in education, as an English teacher and later in educational publishing, I decided to spend more time following my interest in working with stone. As the millennium turned, I began my training as an architectural banker mason at Weymouth College and encountered the amazing artisanal and artistic skills of experienced stonemasons, carvers and restoration specialists. Nowadays, I work half-time as a sculptor and the other half in educational publishing, where I am one of two Series Editors of the Pearson English Readers series with my good friend Joc Potter.

My sculpting interests have a strong craft underpinning, and where stonecarving is concerned, I am now spending more time on developing my love of relief, and my interest in creating decorative scagliola panels (coloured plasterwork embedded in incised stone). But the prime direction I'm taking is in figurative claywork, leading to cast pieces. What interests me most about figurative sculpture is natural, and sometimes extreme expression in facial features and the endless ways in which bodies move and interact.

I am a member of the Oxford Sculptors Group, the Cotswold Sculptors Association and Cheltenham Open Studios.

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