In 2016 the Dalesman published an article about the sculptor, Joseph Hayton. Joseph spoke to Dalesman writer, Adrian Braddy, of his motivation for and route into stonemasonry. In 2012, with the opening of his own workshop at Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, Joseph had taken the plunge from employment as a mason at a stone merchants to freelance work, with an increasing emphasis on portraiture. He explained how he went about transforming a lump of rock into a work of art.
“When I’m doing a portrait I tend to use photographs and some rough measurements on the face with calipers. I get the clay head somewhere near from that and then I do sittings. I’d probably do four twenty-minute sittings. And I’ll also do little bits of video too, sometimes. So with that, the measurements, the photos, and the odd sitting you can get a fairly decent likeness of the subject. Then it branches off, depending on whether it’s bronze or stone I’m working with.”
“If it’s going to be a bronze I would make a mould of silicon rubber and fibreglass and that’s sent off to the foundry and they complete the process. I’m not set up to do bronze casting, it’s a big job in itself.”
“To carve it in stone, I would probably make a mould, which would give me a plaster model to work off and from that plaster model I can either use the pointing machine, t transfer measurements and dimensions onto the stone, or I can carve freehand.”
“Sometimes, I’ve done some statues of animals or birds and I’ve not bothered with any clay modelling. I just get the piece of stone and carve. Direct carving it’s called.”
See the full profile of this artist at Joseph Hayton
Source: Dalesman, June 2016: ‘Carving a new career’, pp.23-27.