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Rosie Musgrave began to carve stone in her early 20s.  Following apprenticeships with sculptors she studied figurative sculpture in clay, wood and stone at Sir John Cass and City & Guilds Art Schools in London.  Her work has been informed by her experience of running a smallholding in Cornwall with her young family, working in complementary health in Devon, and practising as a somatic therapist.  She also trained as a physiotherapist and worked at the Social Care Unit in the crypt of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

"Many of my earliest memories are of being amongst mountains and rocks, of collecting stones in my pockets.  I have always been drawn to the beauty and presence of this ancient material that has helped to shape our landscape.  Much of the limestone that I carve was laid down in the Jurassic age, at least 140 million years ago.  I cut stone mostly by hand with hammers, chisels, rasps and abrasives, exploring ways to honour its innate sense of gravity and stillness while still expressing energy and movement within the carved form.  It is often only when a piece is nearly finished that its sensuality is revealed: the stone unveils its secrets with shell forms, veins of colour fossilised within the substance of time". 

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Contemporary Sculpture, Ceramics and Furniture for Gardens and Interiors