Joe Smith started his career constructing, weaving and circular dry stone walling for the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. Feeling that his own creativity was being stifled rather than encouraged, in 1995 he set about designing and forming his first slate vase as a present for his wife. Since then Joe has been busy undertaking commissions for gardens all over the country.


Joe now has a reputation for creating various forms, all of which have a classical and harmonious feel, but are at the same time contemporary. Constructed rather than carved, these curvaceous slate sculptures reinterpret traditional dry-stone skills, to give life and form to a natural material. Joe begins by splitting the chosen slate at his studio in the Scottish borders, before constructing his sculptures in situ.


Joe’s work is featured in a wide variety of gardens and castles, including Glenwhan Gardens at Castle Kennedy, and The National Trust Gardens at Threave, near Castle Douglas. Most exciting, Joe was commissioned by Prince Charles to install a group of sculptures in the gardens at Highgrove.