Using traditional stone carving techniques, heather creates works inspired by the natural world around her. Trained as a restoration stone mason, heather began her career restoring historic architecture; techniques one can observe in her work today. heather carves her work by hand, each sculpture unique to the moment. Working exclusively in sandstone, limestone and slate, her work is at once dramatic and subtle; recalling the ancients and exploring the limits of the medium.
Entering into her third decade of working with stone, heather is considered a master artisan. Her work can be found in personal collections across North America and Europe, be it in and among treasured gardens, interior spaces, or as an intrinsic part of private or public architecture.
A native Nova Scotian, heather shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for stone and stone carving techniques with all that come into contact with her. Welcoming visitors from all over the world, she has served as teacher, lecturer and mentor for many. As if ensuring beautiful settings for her work, heather is an accomplished gardener and landscape designer as well, drawing enthusiasts, hobbyists and visitors to her land throughout the year
In 2015, a 10 minute documentary on the life and work of heather lawson was produced by Breakwater Studios (Directed by Ben Proudfoot) entitled, “Stone”. It can be seen at this link: https://vimeo.com/125501609