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Two new bursaries for Black and ethnically diverse trainees

City & Guilds FoundationHeritage Crafts and the City & Guilds Foundation are delighted to award two new bursaries for Black and ethnically diverse trainees in heritage crafts.

This round of bursaries is specifically focused on trainees experiencing financial hardship, as the UK undergoes the economic uncertainty of inflation, rising cost of living and spiralling energy costs.

Marcia Bennett Male and Michelle MateoMarcia Bennett Male is a London-based mid-career stone carver with previous training in architectural stone carving and stone masonry. Her bursary will allow her to take her career to the next level by training in portrait work, specifically how to use a traditional pointing machine for reproducing likenesses from a clay maquette. Marcia is determined to teach and pass on skills that are currently difficult for both her and her students to access in the UK.

Michelle Mateo is a Monmouth-based early-career basket maker, green wood worker and leather worker. Her bursary will allow her to train in split wood basketry, expanding her repertoire from ask to hazel and oak splint basketry, and to weave baskets in styles from the UK, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Spain and the US. Two forms of split wood basketry are currently listed on the Red List of Endangered Crafts.

It is still the case that the UK craft sector does not accurately reflect the diversity of the UK as a whole and, for this reason, we are taking positive action to target this bursary at Black and ethnically diverse groups who are currently under-represented.

Heritage Crafts and the City & Guilds Foundation believe that the value of our craft heritage comes from the diversity of skills and traditions across all of our communities, whatever their background.

The City & Guilds Foundation is part of the City & Guilds charity, and its programmes are targeted to help everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, have opportunities to succeed.

City & Guilds Foundation Advocacy Lead Lauren Roberts said:

“Quality skills development for all is at the heart of what we do at the City & Guilds Foundation. We are incredibly excited to be working with Heritage Crafts in their mission to support black and ethnically diverse individuals, and are very proud to support learners on their journey to be highly valued members of the heritage community.”

Heritage Crafts Endangered Crafts Manager Mary Lewis said:

“We are thrilled to be working with the City & Guilds Foundation to provide bursaries for Black and ethnically diverse groups and help redress the historic imbalance of opportunity that has resulted from both overt and hidden discrimination within the heritage crafts sector. We are very excited so see the new generation of makers as much more reflective of modern British society.”

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About the City & Guilds Foundation

The City & Guilds Foundation is part of the City & Guilds Group charity, and has a specific focus on high impact social investment, recognition and advocacy programmes. Each of the programmes it runs act as a catalyst to make a difference to people, organisations and society, through investing part of its surplus and resources into helping everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, get opportunities to succeed.

Stone carving

Currently viable crafts


Stone carving


The carving of figures, patterns and ornaments etc. in stone. See the separate entry for stonemasonry.


Status Currently viable
Historic area of significance UK
Area currently practised UK
Origin in the UK Roman



The stone carver carves figures and architectural ornaments etc. largely by sight of eye, but also with the help of square, compass and template where there is a crossover of masonry and ornamental elements, for example in capitals or decorated mouldings.



  • Stone carving
  • Moulding
  • Casting
  • Clay sculpting
  • Pointing (traditional way of transferring from maquette to final product)
  • Design


Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • Training issues: While there are numerous qualifications in stonemasonry, there is only one qualification specifically for stone carving. The City & Guilds of London Art School offers two-year Diploma courses, three-year BA Hons degree Courses and an MA in Architectural Stone Carving, validated by Ravensbourne University London. Some art schools have sculpture departments but they do not offer technical instruction in the skills of stone carving.
  • Market issues: Lack of demand. There are enough people to satisfy the current market – the market dictates the number of people involved so the employment figures are always fluctuating.
  • Market issues: Lack of support by architects.


Support organisations

Craftspeople currently known

The Master Carvers Association have a list of members on their website.


Other information