Branch Carving

Branch Carving is part of the ‘Fallen’ collection by sculptor and letter carver Jo Sweeting. The collection is a celebration and memorial to the overlooked, forgotten and transient. While out walking in Autumn, Jo found herself looking at the ground where many beautiful objects such as feathers, twigs and lichen had fallen. They were simple yet exquisite when held and viewed closely. Jo walks on chalk in the landscape where she resides, and often finds large boulders of chalk, which she has sliced for this series of works. Each and every work carved by Jo is a talisman imbued with a certain time, place or memory. The delicate, friable nature of chalk makes it highly challenging to carve, resulting in beautifully imperfect lines and marks.

Material: Chalk
cm: Width 49.5cm, Depth 17cm, Height 4cm
inches: Width 19.5in, Depth 6.7in, Height 1.6in
Care Instructions Wipe with a slightly damp lint free cloth


Although Jo Sweeting uses direct carving techniques, her work is not traditional. Her work is primarily informed by the Buddhist concept of ‘shul’, a marking which remains after the thing that made it has passed through. Her stone work involves the use of found and quarried British stone, these pieces are all made of ‘clunch’ chalkstone, which was quarried in Sussex. The work is slow and considered, often led by a single word. First, she draws a rough outline directly on the chalk, then lets the tools travel across the stone, allowing the work to change and grow as she spends many hours with it. While carving, Jo leaves much of the original form in place to honour the block. Although she begins with a clear concept, she has a distinctly open approach, using chisels and mallets to capture transience in stone.
The Maker Jo Sweeting Sculptor - South East England

Jo Sweeting is a sculptor, lettercarver and printmaker, whose work is informed by the Buddhist concept of ‘shul’, a marking which remains after the thing that made it has passed through. After studying Fine Art and Sculpture at Leeds Art School, Jo began working in stone. She learned to carve at the Skelton Workshop, the home of the late John Skelton, nephew of and apprentice to Eric Gill. Working chiefly with found and quarried British stone, Jo’s lapidary art is in constant dialogue with the natural world, allowing herself to be led by the organic form of the material. Her work often takes on themes of language, time and place, with a fondness for dialect. Jo loves reading and writing every day, and has a book being published in 2024 with the publisher, Little Toller.