Heather Griffith

BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Architectural Stone

Felix Slade Drinking Fountain, Kennington, South London (1862)

My main project this year is based on the design of a long-lost drinking fountain from nearby Kennington Park, the uppermost section of which had been a classically styled bronze urn. I was drawn to research this fountain after chancing upon the remains of the stone basin and learning of the historical links to local figures.

My studiowork had progressed so far as completing the base of the urn and beginning the carving of the body, both in Lavoux limestone. The serpent handles and acorn finial are to be cast in bronze, all of which I hope to be able to complete during September of this year.

The base and body of the urn nearing their final stages.

The serpent handles and acorn finial modelled in clay.



Portland Limestone

330 x 600 x 32mm

Joy was a result of a workshop with lettering artist John Neilson. The objective of the exercise was to arrive at a layout solution for two words chosen to contain conflicting, matching or otherwise ‘difficult’ letter connections when stacked. These two words leapt into my head during the briefing and I was stuck humming from Symphony No. 9 until it was completed.

685 x 133 x 19mm 
“It Could All Fall Apart at Any Second” is the motto of the Angel Comedy Club in Islington - where I worked part-time during my studies - and is exactly what did happen to all indoor entertainment venues in March of this year. It was created during a workshop with lettering artist Charlotte Howarth in which we were encouraged to be free, spontaneous and fun – designing directly onto the stone with chalk and wiping it away until we found a design which held with us.
300 x 458 x 50mm
I was requested to design and carve a cremation memorial stone for my great-uncle-in-law. Provided with the text and dimensions; I then worked on the layout, lettering, carving and painting during my lettering tuition classes. The slate was said to be reclaimed from a school science department, and was finely grained with a soft sheen when polished. It will be installed later this year.
Architectural Stone