Peter Hampson
Hand Lettercutting in Stone
Hand Lettercutting
The art of hand letter carving has a particularly strong tradition in England where, after flowering in the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was revived in the early 20th century by Eric Gill. He formed the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic in Ditchling, East Sussex, an idealistic religious community of artists and craftsmen. Their work can be seen in prominent places such as Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as in many country churchyards.
The need to preserve the art form in the face of modern machine cut alternatives was recognised by the Memorial Arts Charity and they, in association with the Jerwood Foundation, enabled a small number of artist/craftsmen to work alongside existing lettering artists, thereby acquiring and perpetuating this skill.

Peter Hampson was lucky enough to benefit from this scheme which gave him the opportunity to study the art of hand lettercutting under the guidance of some of the country's finest master-craftsmen.
His Work
He welcomes commissions for headstones, standing stones, garden features, sundials, wall plaques, house names, memorials and house numbers - in fact, anything that requires carving into stone. Each piece is uniquely designed to suit the individual needs of the client and then hand carved in his workshop near Rye. You can view examples of his work in the gallery.