Gillian Forbes

I have been working in stone since 1990, developing the craft of hand carving in Scotland.

Based at my purpose-built studio in the hamlet of Path of Condie, 10 miles southwest of Perth in the Ochil Hills, I create bespoke stone carvings predominantly from British slate, sandstone and limestone. I specialise in commissioned pieces for individuals and organisations looking for unique, long-lasting, quality work.

These include memorials and headstones, lettercutting and stone signage, fireplaces and sculpture. Through the evolving dialogue of the commissioning process, I seek to realise with sensitivity and understanding my clients’ wishes The preservation and promotion of hand carving skills in Scotland is fundamental to my practice. I am constantly seeking to learn more and to improve and develop my carving and drawing skills by undertaking courses with eminent professionals in the world of stone.

Through my long-standing association with Memorials by Artists, I became a founding member of the Scottish Lettercutters Association in 2001. In 2005 I was awarded a QEST Scholarship to study under Marc Chevalier-Lacombe near Orleans, France. In 2008 I won the J D Fergusson Arts Award Trust Travel Award which enabled me to realise my ambition to travel to Carrara, Italy to learn marble carving. I also teach, running courses for the public and training young stone carvers and lettercutters.


1984-88 Glasgow School of Art BA(Hons) Ceramics 1992-94 Weymouth College, Dorset. Stonemasonry, Architectural Carving & Lettercutting 1997 Scottish Arts Council Craft Start-Up Award 2001 Founding Member of the Scottish Lettercutters Association 2002 The Inches Carr Trust Crafts Bursary 2005 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Award 2008 J D Fergusson Arts Award Trust Travel Award

Contemporary headstones

Classical headstones

Public works

Sculpture & architecture

Garden pieces

Gifts & celebratory

Sundry works