A fresh, contemporary use of Slate

Slate is a wonderful material; it is natural with a range of soft beautiful colours. Perryn uses it for construction, cladding, surface texture and carving in a new innovative way which has proven to be very much in demand. She has created a whole series of Slate Sculptures which have been seen in her Exhibition at the prestigious Kooywood Gallery in Cardiff, and at the International Exhibition in Fulham Palace receiving a great amount of interest from collectors, interior designers and galleries.

In her commission for Ysgol y Preseli, for a school sign she designed a piece which reflected the rolling hills nearby. It was constructed of block semi-circles clad in slate with textural design on the front elevation. Slate is very difficult to work, but is capable of being cut and polished to a high degree of precision.

Slate, because of its nature of strata, she started to cut rather than carve, and became intrigued by the shapes and shadows and by the sheer beauty of the material. What she learns from working in slate feeds back into the stone pieces giving her new avenues to explore.