Madeline Goold has been a stonecarver for thirty years. She was taught by John Paddison – Jacob Epstein’s last assistant, and Walter Ritchie – Eric Gill’s last apprentice, and the way she carves is the way they carved. Epstein and Gill revived the direct carving tradition which Madeline continues. Direct carving means carving straight into the stone without first making, then copying a preliminary clay or plaster model; the stone is the originating material.
Keeping the original inspiration in mind, and supported by her drawings, Madeline allows the stone itself to suggest possibilities as the work progresses. The techniques of direct carving used by Epstein and Gill and subsequently by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth are the ones that she passes on in her teaching at The Birches Studio and describes in her lectures for NADFAS.
Madeline always begins by drawing; her sketchbook and working drawings are vital tools. In her field sketches Madeline tries to capture some of the essential shapes, some aspect of the subject and her response to it. Madeline's observational drawings are later re-worked to simplify and abstract shape. Keeping the drawings in mind she carves freely into the stone. Madeline does not carve with the intention of making a precise model of her subject. The result may be no more than the curve of a wing, the arch of a neck, a relationship of forms, the poise for flight. An expression in stone of ‘… the achieve of, the mastery of the thing’. (G.M Hopkins)
2009 Elected a Member of the Society of Wildlife Artists
The Plowden and Thompson Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Glassmaking
Shortlisted for the Millfield International Sculpture Prize