Alex Waddell is a South Wales based Carver and Stone Mason. Alex Trained as a stone mason at Winchester cathedral. He was part of a team of mason for 6 years working on the Heritage lottery Funded project carrying out major restoration and conservation work on the building as well as carrying out general maintenance on the surrounding properties. He then Traded Cathedrals for castles and worked for at Cadw in the south of Wales conserving stone work on monuments from thoughout wales rich History.
Alex Waddell has been around carving from a young age when spending time with his grandfather who used to carve wooden rocking horses. Alex Carving first really started to develop on his own while studying sculpture at university but was really pushed developed while working with more expirenced carvers at the cathedral. He has taken part in carving competitions across the UK and they have taken him as far a field as Norway.
Normally found in his workshop in Cardiff Alex Waddell now produced a range of bespoke objects for clients across the UK. Alex works closely with clients to produce Garden features, Sculpture, memorials and restoration work as well as producing individual Art works in stone and wood for exhibitions.
2021- Grinling Gibbons Tercentenary Award - 2nd Place Stone Carving
2017 - Weymouth College Boss Stone Competition - Corfe Castle - Best Overall Carving.
2016 - Winchester Cathedral Carving Festival - Third Prize
2022- Little Forest Art Space art in the Garden, North Boarhunt, Hampshire
2022- Cardiff Made Spring Open: Cardff, Wales
2022- Art and Ornament, An exhibition with the MCA, Dalkieth Palace, Scotland
2021- 2022 - Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the Making, Compton Verney
2021 - City and Guilds Art School Degree Show Exhibition
2021 -Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the making, Bonhams, London
2020 - Emerging Artist Award, Creates Gallery, Monmouth, Wales
2019- Hampshire Open Studio, Granary Art Center, Bramdean, Hampshire
2013 - Modern Alchemist Autumn show, The Capitol Centre, Cardiff
2013 - Hand of Roath (part of the made in Roath Festival) The Alchemist Gallery, Cardiff
2013 - Cardiff School of Art&Design Degree show, Howard Garden, Cardiff
2012 - Modern Alchemists presents: Birth to Death and Here After, Capitol Centre, Cardiff
2012 - Made in Roath: Kooki Two bit presents: Art Traid Art show, Milgi Warehouse, Cardiff, Wales
2012 - Cardiff Full of Art, UWIC second year show, Capitol Centre, The Crofts and Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff
2012 - The Perils of the Modern Alchemist, The Capitol Centre, Cardiff, Wales
Qualifications and Training:
2009 - 2010 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Distinction, Eastleigh College
2010 - 2013 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Wales Institute of Cardiff (Howard Gardens, Cardiff)
2014 - 2017 Stonemasonry (Banker Masonry and Construction) NVQ and National Diploma Level 2 and 3
2014 - 2017 Apprenticeship at winchester Cathedral in Stone Masonry
2015 Orton Trust restorations stone carving short course
2016 Orton Trust restoration stone carving short course
2017 Furniture Making - chichester College.