Louise Tiplady

After training as a stonemason and carver in Weymouth in 1998, I began working as a stonemason on Hereford Cathedral, and went on to become a self-employed stonemason and carver.

In 2005 I was awarded by The Memorial Arts Charity and funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation to start a two-year apprenticeship to learn the art of lettering and lettercarving. The combination of skills that I have acquired over the years has allowed me to continue to work alongside my former master whilst also producing lettering and sculpture in my own style. I am an elected member of Letter Exchange.

The lettering, carving and sculptures that I have worked on in stone, wood and metal vary greatly in scale. I love the way that the process of carving with a hammer and chisel can leave very distinctive marks in the stone, which can be used to create movement and flow. I enjoy combining words and texture, and making beautifully shaped objects from heavy, unforgiving materials. The text I choose for work of my own design is preferably easy for others to relate to. It is rarely well known; in fact it is often created specifically for the piece of work.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2005 - Master / Apprentice - Award from The Memorial Arts Charity, funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Funding for two years to train as a full time apprentice in the art of letter carving at a workshop in Norfolk.
  • 2005 - Edward Johnston Foundation Seminar - Awarded by the Edward Johnston Foundation, to attend the seminar on lettering at Ditchling, Sussex.
  • 2004 - 5-day letter carving in stone workshop - Awarded by West Midlands Arts Council. Intermediate level workshop run on behalf of the Memorial Arts Charity.


  • 2014 - Masters & Apprentices - The Transfer of Passion - Exhibition of lettering showing the works of some of the great lettercutters alongside those who started out as their apprentices before establishing their own reputations.
  • 2014 - All the Tea and China - Exhibiting work in a tea themed exhibition at Greyfriars Gallery, King's Lynn, Norfolk.
  • 2014 - NNEP: Revisited -Exhibitiong work previously exhibited as part of Salthouse 12 in an exhibition organised by NNEP and Cley Windmill.
  • 2013 - 2015 - 26 Words -Exhibition of work produced by lettering artists from Letter Exchange paired with writers from 26 (London-based writers organisation). The exhibition toured venues in Britain and Belgium.
  • 2013 - Landscape and Stone -Artlands exhibitionheld in Snettisham, Norfolk. Exhibition of landscapes and stone carvings.
  • 2013 - Norfolk Open Studios -Exhibiting work alongside Louise Maclaren in Castle Acre as part of the Castle Acre Trail.
  • 2012 - Salthouse 12 at Cley: Aisles and Air -Wo part of the CAstle ACre Trail.rk part of an exhibition of contempory art held in and around Cley church on the North Norfolk Coast.
  • 2012 - Art in Action -Held at Waterperry House and gardens, I was part of a group of lettercutters demonstrating letter carving and representing the Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust.
  • 2012 - Norfolk Open Studios -Exhibiting work alongside PAul Bernard Harris in Castle Acre, Norfolk as part of the Castle Acre Trail.
  • 2012 - Turn the Page - Artists' book fair exhibiting 'Time', a piece of work combining a carved Portland stone and glass box housing a series of linocuts alongside national and international artists in the Forum, Norwich.
  • 2011 - Artlands Autumn Exhibition - Work exhibited in Wolterton Hall, Norfolk.
  •  2011 - Norfolk Open Studios -  Exhibiting work alongside Charlotte  Howarth and Annette Inwood in West Acre, Norfolk.
  • 2010 - Norfolk Open Studios                          
  •  2010 - Artlands Art and the Garden - Work exhibited alongside 19th and 21st Century works created for, or inspired by the garden in the Mannington and Wolterton estates
  • 2009 - Glasses and Vessels - Carved lettercut stone bowls shown alongside antique and contemporary vessels at Artlands, King’s Lynn.
  • 2009 - Salthouse 09: Salt of the Earth
  • 2009 - Norfolk Open Studios
  • 2009 - Art in the Park – Croxton Park, Norfolk.
  • 2009 - The Art of Remembering - National memorial exhibition at West Dean Gardens, Sussex, organised by The Memorial Arts Charity - Ongoing
  • 2008 - Art on the Edge - Glebe Farm Barn, Carleton Forehoe, Norfolk.
  • 2008 - Art in a Norfolk Village - St. James’ Church, Castle Acre.
  • 2008 - Norfolk Open Studios
  • 2007 - Great Snoring Art Exhibition
  • 2006 - Norfolk Open Studios

Education and Qualifications

  • 1998-99 - Weymouth College Distinction NVQ level III and stage II Diploma in Architectural Stone Masonry, Carving and Letter Cutting. Student of the Year 1999.

Employment History

  • 2007 - ongoing - Self employed letter cutter/ carver.
  • 2005 - 2007 - Apprentice - Work experience ranging from large-scale public commissions involving public consultation, private commissions as well as developing my own work under guidance.
  • 2001-2004 - Ran a small masonry/carving business in Herefordshire with another stonemason. Projects ranged from subcontracting on a large building restoration project to headstone restoration.
  • 1999-2001 - Employed as a stone mason/carver. Worked on Hereford Cathedral and Keeble College, Oxford and Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire.

Contemporary headstones

Classical headstones

Children's memorials

Sculpture & architecture

Building plaques

Garden pieces

Gifts & celebratory

Sundry works