Stone Carver Simon Keeley - Restoration
 
 
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Stone Carver Simon Keeley's St Peter
The sculpture in progress

Stone Carver Simon Keeley's St Peter model
Saint Peter's head highly influenced by photos of friend and retired stone carver, Don Adams

Stone Carver Simon Keeley's St Peter

Stone Carver Simon Keeley's St Peter
St Peters' statue permanently installed in its historic niche at St Peter's Church, Cockfield


St Peter statue detail

Stone Carver Simon Keeley's St Peter
St Peter Statue - 1/2 Life sized - designed and carved by Simon Keeley in situe at St Peters' Church. Photo courtesy of Howard Wright


me and Rev'd Simon Hill of St.Peter's church at Cockfiled, Suffolk. The Rev'd Simon Hill is now the vicar of Copthorne church near East Grinstead

Simon and Rev'd Simon Hill of St.Peter's church at Cockfiled, Suffolk. The Rev'd Simon Hill is now the vicar of Copthorne church near East Grinstead




 
Restoration
St Peter statue for a niche at St Peter's Church, Cockfield

The beautiful sculpture of St Peter, hand crafted by the talented stone carver Simon Keeley, is a memorial to Luanne Stockwell who died in 2009 aged 95'. On completion of the statue the Reverend commented:
"The scupturing of the St Peter statue for the niche above the porch at Cockfield Church was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have enjoyed in many a year! Seeing a figure crafted into life from a block of stone was simply mesmerising. Working with Simon was a great privilege. Simon is a craftsman whose skills are honed by his love for his work and forged through friendship. Whenever I can, I sneak back and gaze on St Peter, remembering his creation with great fondness."
Reverend Simon Hill

Stone Carver Simon Keeley's Graces sculpture in progress
Simon in South London studio, dynamic progress carving of
St Peter statue


Stone Carver Simon Keeley's St Peter
Simon carving deep fold in St Peters drapery

Stone Carver Simon Keeley's St Peter
Carved wooden keys at the base of clay St Peters feet

Stone Carver Simon Keeley's St Peter
Th
e completed plaster maquette ready for use for St Peters statue

PRESS RELEASE:

FILLING THE NICHE (in memory of a dearly loved friend and actress) by Judith Shallow

A stunning new statue unveiled at St Peter’s Church, Cockfield on 27th September at 2.30 pm. It fills a niche that has lain empty since Henry VIII’s reformation.

The beautiful sculpture of St Peter, hand crafted by the talented stone carver Simon Keeley, is a memorial to Luanne Stockwell who died in 2009 aged 95. This unique tribute represents her deep faith, love for the community she lived in, her life in the arts, and reflects the extraordinary impact this effervescent actress and dancer had on the community in which she lived for so many years and for which she cared so deeply.

Luanne had led a remarkable life and having had no living relatives for many years, her friends and neighbours in Cockfield became her extended family. The statue of St Peter has been commissioned by a group of those friends, of all ages, and funded by her individual bequests to them.

For further information on the work of Simon Keeley:
St Peter statue carved in Portland Limestone supplied by Albion Stone PLC in Dorset. Simon was recently featured on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Home Made Home with Kirstie Allsop. The new statue of St Peter is his largest commission to date.

St Peter in his niche



 
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