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Andrew Tanser trained initially as an architectural stone and wood carver, then went on at 21 to study as an industrial designer.

Since 1993 Andrew has been producing and selling his own work (e.g. Royal Academy 1996 Summer Show) and has undertaken a wide variety of commissions, workshops and public art projects for individuals, groups, public and private organisations.




3. Loughborough University of Technology

Design & Technology BA Hons

October 1986 - July 1989

2. Cambridge College of Arts & Technology

ONC & HNC  in Building Studies (Day release)
September 1981 - June 1985

1. Sawston Village College

September 1976 - June 1981


6. March 1992 onwards

Andrew Tanser -  Carver   Designer   Sculptor

5. September 1991 - February 1992

C.N. Frames, Peterborough

Silver Picture frames design and development

4. July 1990 - August 1991

Addison Design Consultants, London

Junior Designer - petrol station forecourt design and identity to be implemented world-wide for the Shell Oil Company

3. July 1988 - September 1988

IBM Hursley Park, Winchester

Industrial training in the design centre

2. 1985 - 1986

Rattee & Kett, Cambridge

Professional carver working on many famous buildings: Hatfield House,  Houses of Parliament, Pugins Ceiling House of Lords Palace of Westminster, Henry VII Chapel - Westminster Abbey and Kings College Chapel, Cambridge.


1. 1981 - 1985

Rattee & Kett, Cambridge (Architectural restoration experts) Apprenticeship in traditional stone/wood carving with experience in the drawing office and masons shop  (The first apprentice for 12 years, starting at 13 in my school holidays)



9. "The project team saw photos of your dragon’s head last week.  Everyone agreed it is absolutely spectacular and will be a huge draw in the garden. Thank you for all your continuing efforts.  You have been brilliant to work with"

Tracy Borman

Hampton Court Palace

January 2015



8. "We are delighted with the bench

The wait was worth it! "

Nick Wright



7. “Andrew is a really experienced and versatile artist who did a fantastic job on the Middlegate site in Great Yarmouth and knows GY pretty well. He’s also now been selected to work on the Integrated Service Centre building in GY so is going to be active in the area. He’s a great all rounder and easy to work with so I would recommend you ask him to meet for a chat to explore some possible areas of intervention in the scheme”
Joe Mackintosh Director
The SeaChange Trust
Great Yarmouth



6. “We have arrived in our old-new home and will love for many years your expertise in making four beautiful fireplaces for us. Thank you for your hard work and your exceptional talent”

Roger & Beverly Bevan




5. “I unpacked the bust of Emma over the weekend and nancy was thrilled. I could not be more pleased with the final result. you did a wonderful job of capturing emma's personality in her expression. thanks again”.

Robert Scully



4. “The success of the scheme, I believe, depended largely on the choice of Andy Tanser who had experience of working in workshops and collaborating with builders and a design team, aswell as being a highly talented sculptor/artist in his own right. He proved to be an ideal project organiser.
He quickly established an excellent working relationship with Alison who perhaps not as experienced as Andy nevertheless contributed hugely, not only with her own work, but in the general running of the scheme with the rest of the team.”
David Aldridge RIBA
Architect for Middlegate Garden
Great Yarmouth

3. “Do tell Andrew Tanser how impressed we were with the Rothermere Coat of Arms. We all thought it was of exceptional quality”
Francis Terry
Erith & Terry Architects

2. “To become a master carver not only requires a raw natural talent and many years of practise, but above all the ability to develop these artistic skills using a variety of materials to recreate the various architectural styles used throughout the ages. Through his unique training and involvement with some of the most prestigious restoration projects and demanding new commissions, Andrew Tanser has reached the pinnacle of his craft and now ranks as one of the leading carvers and sculptors in the country.”
Vic Franklin
Former Restoration Director of Rattee & Kett


1. “Many thanks indeed for dropping the wild boar carving into the office. I fear that I wasn’t here and so couldn’t congratulate you on the magnificent job you have made of it. It has already been put up on the gable end where it draws many admiring glances and where it will remain, hopefully for many to see for a very long time.

I hope now that we have made contact we will be able to use your services again”

Nicholas R




11. 2013 - Tesco’s, Sheringham

Bench, Railings & History timeline

10. 2012 - The Perse, Cambridge

Fingerprint, seating, garden design and paving

9. 2010 - Rosie & Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Memorial window

0.5mm thick stainless steel mirror polished 2D artwork

8. 2009 - Hill Residential, Fulbourn

Granite Mosaic 2 x 3m

7. 2009 - Cambourne new town

10 x Granite stepping stones

6. 2008/9 - St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust

Wave bench for the Oncology deptartment

5. 2007/12 - Accent Nene, Windmill Estate, Fulbourn

Granite wall, Wave bench, Human sundial, Carved play clipsham stone blocks - Public Consultation / workshops - ideas developed and refined by working closely with the residents of the estate / Parish Council

4. 2006/07 - Deans Gate, Cromwell Rd, Cambridge

8m tall stainless steel ‘S’ sculpture for Taylor Wimpey

3. 2005 - Mariners Row, Gt Yarmouth City Council

Nautical sculpture / play area

2. 2004 - Middlegate Garden, Gt Yarmouth City Council, English Heritage & Seachange

Gates & railings, stone sofa, benches & analemmatic or human sundial - Public Consultation, workshops with young offenders / local kids

1. 2000 - Foxton Primary School, Cambridge

Hybrid stone animal for the children to play on - designed with the help of each year group



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