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Christopher was taught and mentored in lettercarving and drawing by Tom Perkins. Formal training at Reigate School of Art and Design, gaining a Design HND in Lettering. He continued study at degree level in calligraphy at Frobel College, Roehampton. In 2000 he was elected to full membership of Letter Exchange and has exhibited at several venues in London and the south of England. His work was recently published in Tom Perkins’ book The Art of Lettercarving in Stone. His work is included in The Memorial Arts Charity’s 2009 exhibition Art and Memory- the launch of the National Collection of Contemporary Memorial Art
After finishing the Art Restoration course at The City and Guilds of London Art School in 1985, Eric worked as a freelance lettercarver in London until 1990. He then moved to Cambridge, working first for David Kindersely and afterwards at The Carving Workshop. In 1998 Eric set up his own studio in a deconsecrated chapel, where he has an established reputation for fine lettering and creative design.
Tom has an international reputation as a lettering designer and craftsman, with work in public and private collections. He has taught widely in the UK and also in Europe, the USA and Japan and influenced many other practitioners.
Gaynor is a well-known calligrapher and teacher with over 35 years experience in calligraphy and teaching. She is a fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) and the Society for Scribes and Illuminators.
Louise Tiplady initially trained as a stonemason and graduated from Weymouth College with distinctions. Louise was the fourth student to start a two-year apprenticeship with Charlotte Howarth to learn the art of lettering and lettercarving after working for five years as a stonemason/ carver. This award, funded by the Memorial Arts Charity (now The Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust) and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, has enabled her to pursue her interests in the lettering arts.
Pip has been running a carving studio for 16 years, carving inscriptions for commemoration and celebration, house signs and garden features, as well as carrying out public art commissions, and exhibiting. Pip’s work also includes lettering and illustration for books, and for interiors, such as floors and walls. Pip is currently training apprentice Wayne Hart, with support from the Memorial Arts Charity Apprenticeship Scheme. (Now The Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust).