|Stephen Pettifer at Coade’s studio, Wiltshire.||
Stephen Pettifer trained in sculpture and stone carving at The City & Guilds of London Art School. He has worked for English Heritage, The National Trust, Cliveden Conservation, Westminster Abbey, Museum of London and for sculptors such as Anish Kapoor. During this time he developed a love for English stoneware of the 18th and early 19th Centuries. He reinvented and refined the preparation of clays used in Coade stone and then set about learning the techniques used by Eleanor Coade some two hundred years ago by an extensive process of trial and error. Stephen founded COADE in 2000 initially in London before moving to his studio in the grounds of Wilton House in 2005. He has continued to develop as a sculptor in his own right, combining his knowledge of materials with a delicate and acute eye for his subject.