'Remember Me'for St Paul's Cathedral'

Charlotte Howarth

Charlotte Howarth set up Making Marks over 20 years ago has been letter cutting for over 35 years. She first picked up a chisel at 17 under the careful eye of her stepfather David Baker a respected letter carver and designer. Leaving Norfolk for London she trained at the famous City and Guilds of London Art School gaining a first-class diploma in lettering. She was then mentored by Richard Kindersley one of the worlds leading letter carvers before moving to Ireland. She continued her practice and started to build a reputation for creating thoughtful and bespoke works of art in stone, wood, metal and on glass.

Moving back to Norfolk to work with David she took over the studio in the early 2000’s. Her reputation and skill have continued to grow. In 2015 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel and study ancient Greek and Roman inscriptions. Her findings were presented in a paper entitled “Freedom of Form“. Her love of her craft has never diminished and to ensure its continuation she was chosen by the Lettering Arts Trust as a letter carving ‘master’ to take on apprentices under their training scheme.

Her work can be seen in public spaces of national and local importance. An early commission was to work with SheilsFlynn landscape Architects - collaborating with local primary and secondary schools to transfer their designs onto stone for the redevelopment of Downham Market town-square in Norfolk. She has worked on community led projects such as the Baby Haven Memorial in Belfast City Cemetery a particularly sensitive work. More recently she has worked with Caroe Architecture as part of the multi disciplinary team that delivered the national COVID memorial at St Paul’s cathedral. Her work can also be seen in Westminster Abbey and Ripon Cathedral where she created the memorial for their first Bishop.

She has created many memorials for loved ones each is given the same thought and attention whether it is for a famous individual or of a life lived away from the public gaze. She regularly fulfils commissions on a variety of materials and on a range of stones including slate, limestone and sandstones.

Always pushing boundaries she has developed a range of digital skills enabiling her designs to be fabricated in a wide range of materials to suit the latest architectural applications.
She also co-hosts a podcast with Nina Bilbey entitled 'The Stone Carving and Lettering Takeaway'.

As well as mentoring she runs with Nina the Abraxas Academy . A summer school where students of all abilities are welcomed to learn the rudiments of the craft in the peaceful setting of North Creake on the North Norfolk North coast.