Double-sided alphabet in slate with incised and raised lettering
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.