Joseph Hayton is a stone carver and sculptor who lives at Silsden and has a studio/workshop at Pateley Bridge. He works in stone, marble and bronze and undertakes a wide range of commissions for public or private display. These include portrait sculptures, installations for public places, and garden ornaments, including sundials, gargoyles, as well as bespoke house signs.
Joseph showed an aptitude for artwork from an early age and drew creative inspiration from his father, a joiner. He attended the South Craven School in Cross Hills, including sixth form studies, where he concentrated on art and sculpture.
After leaving school he became a stone-mason apprentice with a local firm, Yorkshire Stone Craft, and attended York College for his off-the-job training. He worked as a stonemason for six years and in 2009 was warded the Province’s Prize for the ‘Most Improved Banker Mason’.
In 2012 Joseph opened his own studio/workshop at Pateley Bridge and sources a wide range of stone from quarries in the UK and overseas, including the Carrara marble quarries in Italy.
In 2016 his ‘Pillars Past’ sculptures received a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the Stone Federation of Great Britain Natural Stone Awards in the carving, lettering and sculpture category. ‘Pillars Past’ was a commissioned public installation representing aspects of Pateley Bridge history and depicts three figures emerging from rough sandstone pillars (see image below). These now form a part of the Sustrans ‘Way of The Roses’ coast to coast sculpture trail.
In 2018 Joseph’s bronze portrait of eminent fellow sculptor and friend, James Butler, RA, gained the Tiranti Prize at the Society of Portrait Sculptors Exhibition, 14-19 May, at La Galleria in Pall Mall, London.
There is a video of Joseph at work at https://www.josephhayton.co.uk/about/
Artist Contact: Joseph Hayton Sculptor
Joseph was interviewed by the Dalesman in 2016. An extract from the article, where Joseph describes the artistic process, is here: ‘Carving a new career’.