Zoe is a highly self-motivated and determined person whose passion and enthusiasm for her craft is infectious.
Having successfully completed a degree in Fine Art at Birmingham City University Zoe knew she loved being creative but it was not until she started working with stone that she realised the direction she wanted her career to take.
Understanding the importance of a solid practical foundation especially where craft was concerned, Zoe embarked on an apprenticeship in stone masonry. She worked her way up through the company gaining the respect of her peers and mentors before spreading her wings as a banker mason in her own workshop. Whilst building up her own business and keen to keep progressing in her career, she carried out an informal apprenticeship in letter carving. During this time Zoe found a real passion for carving and applied for a place at City and Guilds of London Art School, graduating with a first class Diploma in Historical Stone Carving last year.
"The course far exceeded my hopes and expectations. It was such an exciting place to study - hard work and totally exhausting but I loved every minute. The Art School really helped me develop my skills and bring them all together."
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust awarded Zoe a Scholarship for her last two years at college. She has spoken on behalf of QEST at events such as the Royal Warrant Holders AGM at St. James Palace and a seminar at the Annual Designer Crafts Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, as well as demonstrating her skills at a number of other prestigious events.
"The support of QEST has been amazing. It is such a privilege to be a QEST scholar, not to mention the fantastic business opportunities it opens up as well"
Zoe was recently invited to become a Yeoman Mason by the Worshipful Company of Masons in recognition of her work. She is the 100th person to be awarded the title and one of only 17 women.