KARL JOHN WILLIAMS

Karl lives in Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall, a rugged coastland of cliffs and coves, battered by the sea. He prefers to carve outdoors, among nature – his perfect studio – using vintage stone-working chisels and tools.

He started carving in 2004 as a hobby and is completely self-taught, working in reclaimed, locally sourced stone. “To carve with the mallet and chisel brings the old skills to the new age and uncovers the soul of the stone,” he says.

Most of his work uses Pentewan stone and quartz dolerite, one of the hardest stones, known to the Cornish quarrymen as ‘Blue Elvan’.

He is exhibited at the 9 South Street Gallery in Fowey.