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Four students have received prizes from the Bath Decorative & Fine Arts Society recognising the progress they’ve made this year.
 
Stonemasonry students Joshua Underwood, Stephen Shears, Morwenna Harrington and Mike Colston have all impressed staff with their progress.
 
They were presented with vouchers to buy stonemasonry tools at an informal awards ceremony followed by drinks and snacks.
 
Students have just a few weeks left at Bath College, but several will return to study stonemasonry at a higher level in September.
 
First year student Morwenna, 22, worked in hospitality and catering before she switched to study Level 1 stonemasonry.
 
She said: “I signed up to the course on a whim, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I ended up really liking it.
 
“I was doing a job I didn’t really enjoy and wanted something more rewarding. I happened to know a stonemason who encouraged me to give it a go.
 
“The tools will make a big difference, the more tools you have the more you can do. I imagine I will get some lettering tools with the voucher, it’s helpful to have a good variety.”
 
Second year apprentice Michael Colston lives in Bristol and works for stonemasonry and construction company Farrel Cooper.
 
He said: “I’ve ended the year on a high point. I was told to come in, so I had a feeling I might have been chosen.
 
“I’ve definitely learned a lot this year and it shows at work. My boss says I’m getting better and sometimes I’m trusted with my own projects.
 
“It’s an ancient skill, stone carving. It’s so easy to go wrong, if you make a mistake you may have to start again. That’s what makes it more challenging.”
 
The Bath Decorative & Fine Arts Society is affiliated to the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS).
 
Chair of the society, Lynden Lever, presented the prizes at the college’s construction skills centre along with committee member Margaret Morgan.
 
She said: “Part of what NADFAS does is to promote young artists. Because Bath is a beautiful city featuring Bath stone, we decided to do something for the young stonemasons.
 
“We’re very pleased to be able to offer our support.”
 

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