David Paton delivering St Piran sculpture to France

David Paton with St Piran Sculpture Photograph James Kitto

Dr. David A Paton  is an artist, researcher, quarryman David works as an independent artist-researcher, teaches fine art part-time at Falmouth University, and he also runs an artisanal sculpting and masonry business called Buckle and Twist. He has been working with stone for 25 years, and for the past ten years exclusively with Cornish granite. As both researcher and artisanal sculptor, his practice attends to the relationships between materials, place and people. In 2015 David completed his PhD in Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, where his research focussed on aspects of quarry work at Trenoweth Dimension Granite Quarry. He has published a number of journal articles and book chapters within the humanities and he has contributed to academic research projects including Rock/ Body (2016-17), and an AHRC funded post-doctoral position with the National Trust. In 2017 he was lead artist on Tracing Granite: In search of a white cross — a field trip-based research project as part of the contemporary arts programme for Groundwork in Cornwall. He has been awarded numerous Arts Council England grants and was recently awarded a Cultivator grant to support a scheme for training people in granite masonry and carving. Future research will attend to the notion of Crafted Geology — looking at how craft skills emerge within particular geological and industrialised conditions.

To Hatch a Crow - Granite (detail)