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Introduction to Stone Sculpture with Matt Horner

Instructor:  Matthew Horner

Five-day intensive workshop:  Monday October 2nd - Friday October 6

We are pleased to announce that Matt will be teaching a beginner stone sculpting course at Craigardan this fall.  Participants will have the rare opportunity to execute Matt’s process from start to finish:  learning how to carefully choose the right stone, visualizing and blocking out a form, and working with a variety of tools and chisels to bring the piece to a finished state.  Participants leave the multi-day course with an introductory understanding of the material and its sculptural qualities, and a finished piece of their own.  

The class is structured as a five-day intensive workshop for only 4 students.  Each day will have a morning and afternoon session, broken up by a fresh farm lunch, included in the fee.  

Morning session:  9am - noon

Afternoon session:  1pm - 4pm

Fee w/o housing:  $850 including tools and lunch

Fee w/housing:  $950 including tools, lunch, and 6 night's accommodation


Matt Horner is a stone sculptor based in Keene, NY.  Horner’s stones are all local, excavated from nearby rivers and mountains.  His process starts with marking the stone and blocking out the form, then sawing cuts into the stone and hand chiseling off the unwanted material, finally grinding and polishing to achieve the desired finish. The forms that emerge –  with their organic, flowing curves and earthy palette of colors –  are a reflection of the inspiration Horner draws from his abundantly mountainous home. His exceptional technique and mastery of form, balance, scale and detail result in a unique collection of stone art objects.  Horner is also a licensed rock/ice and fly fishing guide, and when he isn’t carving stone he can often be found climbing on it. The patience, commitment and aesthetic sense of line that is such a part of this discipline also informs his stone work.

Earlier Event: September 25
Intro to Pottery: Centering and Throwing
Later Event: October 5
Adirondack Tiles