Double-sided alphabet in slate with incised and raised lettering (B43)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Double-sided alphabet in slate with incised and raised lettering

Made in

Streat

Date

1988

Description

Slate slab with incised and raised lettering, double-sided.

Materials and techniques

Welsh slate with incised and raised lettering. Polished on one face, riven on the other. The polished face is suitable for very refined forms allowing hairline flicks to the serifs of the letters, and is ideal for incised letters. This alphabet is based in form on pen letters but the only setting out was a pricked line up the middle of each letter. This allowed the chisel to take over and give true incised character. The riven face suggested a more robust raised letter form based on Roman Classical proportions, but with the chunky look that the "wall" must give in relief.

Dimensions

height:  47cm
width:  54cm

Object number

B43

Category

Maker's statement

So far as I am aware I am the only person doing the split slate technique for lettering and the letter forms are designed strictly for this method. This is the first time I have employed it on an alphabet. I feel very honoured that the CC commissioned it and believe I am right in thinking it is the only alphabet in its Collection in stone.


(A subsequent stone alphabet by Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley, B46, was acquired in 1993)