The Mark Anthony Gallery is an exciting new space at Living Heritage Events where we showcase some of the best work of some of the top artists and crafters in the UK. Feel free to come and browse and admire some of the amazing work on show. You may even want to purchase a unique sculpture for your own home or garden.
From a long line of showmen, Jason is a skilled artist in the specialist arena of fairground art. You may well have seen his work before as it is more often to be found being enjoyed by enthralled children on a traditional merry-go-round than in a static gallery, but we are incredibly fortunate that Jason has produced a couple of showpieces for us to demonstrate this very traditional and unusual style of art. To see more of his work, have a look at the fairground FunHouse on site!
Chris Stokes, Owner of Stokes of England Oswestry is no ordinary blacksmith. A qualified Tool Maker and Machine Tool Operator he developed his skills in general metal work before undertaking intensive training with his father, Joseph Benjamin Stokes, Master Blacksmith, and Master Farrier, UN Expert and Consultant in Black-smithing to UN departments and other aid agencies.
Joe opened Stokes of England in North Shropshire in 1985 not just as the family business it was established as a training facility for overseas development and is the source of several Blacksmithing training manuals.
Through the peripatetic nature of Joe’s work with the UN Chris lived in various places in Africa. In Khartoum 1972, he swam the Nile at Wad Medani and witnessed the attempted coup of President Nimeri. A spell in Tripoli Libya in 1975 exposed him to the summary justice of Sharia law and in 1976 Joe’s work with the UN took them to Zambia.
Chris’s international experience, his innate skills and the exposure to the improvisation techniques taught by his father to African farmers, has greatly enriched the artistic nature of his work. He has undertaken commissions for, Prince Charles, The Omani Royal Family, the Oppenheimers, Owen Paterson MP, Madonna, Paul Simon, and people and organisations locally and throughout the UK
E & M Glass
Keeping it in the family! E&M Glass are a family of glass-blowers; all expert crafters in their own right. They can be seen in action in the glass-blowing marquee every hour on the hour throughout the weekend. Their shows tend to be very popular so do get there early!
Ed is a master glassblower. Having discovered glass at the age of eighteen he embarked on a career in the medium. Studying at college he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in glass design and then worked and learned from many established glassmakers. In 1988 he built his own furnace and studio and began producing his unique style of glassware. Specialising in tableware, Ed’s interests are in the use of strong colour and shape. His designs range from the manufacture of production ranges to the more exclusive one-off limited editions.
Margaret specialises in the cold working of glass. She designs and embellishes a range of plates, bowls and glasses. Primarily inspired by Primitive Art, she has developed the technique of etching through layers of coloured glass to create designs that are both contrasting and tactile. Margaret enjoys working on the functional form, creating ranges of tableware that emphasise the functionality of each piece.
From a very young age Charles has known of glass as an artistic medium, ever since his parents (E+M Glass) opened the studio he grew up in, back in 1987. Even with this familiarity with hot-glass it wasn’t until he went to Sunderland University that he began to experiment and really explore its properties. Originally studying Fine Art it later seemed inevitable that he would transfer to the BA Glass and Ceramics course, from which he graduated from with honours in 2010 and was awarded the Charles Bray award for Glass Excellence
It was at University that Amelia discovered hot glass. She gained her degree in Three Dimensional Design BA(Hons) specialising in hot glass and has worked with it ever since. Amelia enjoys exploring the vast potential that the molten glass has to offer especially layering up coloured glass with its refractive and vivid qualities
Amelia’s designs lie in the tessellating element of natural shapes such as butterfly wings and shell patterns.
Whilst finishing her degree, Amelia had a commission for the Children’s Hospital in Manchester which she needed to hire a hot glass workshop to complete. She hired the workshop that Charlie was working in at the time and have been working together ever since. They married in April 2017 after joining E+M Glass.
Lesley produces a range of ‘haunting and intriguing’ sculptures reflecting a dark phase in her own life and portrayed through an interesting medium which must not be missed.
Quint is a professional chainsaw carver who has been carving for over 7 years. Previously he was a furniture maker for ten years and before that a roofing joiner.
He carves at Living Heritage shows and has produced many bespoke carvings for world renowned chefs including Jean Christophe Novelli and Marco Pierre White, and countless other private clients.
Over the last few years Quint has been working on Multi-media Sculptures, combining wood, clay, paper, metal and many “found” objects.