I was delighted to have been selected as one of the three finalist for the Marsh Heritage Crafts Association Maker of the Year Award. This is a great honour, and I look forward to the awards ceremony later this year where I shall be able to meet the other finalists.
Heritage Craft Award-Maker of the Year Finalist 2022
From the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) Website:
This Heritage Crafts Award is to recognise a heritage craftsperson who is outstanding in their specific craft and the contribution they have made to crafts in general. This award will recognise a contribution that is far beyond the ordinary, either a lifetime’s work dedicated to a particular traditional skill or an outstanding contribution to raising the profile of their craft. We expect this to be someone who makes excellent work and has done for a long time, someone who is held in high regard amongst their craft peers but it need not be the most glamorous or high-end craft; we promote the simple, humble crafts too.
After working as a letter cutter for over twenty years, receiving recognition of my work by the HCA was the greatest honour.
To be selected as one of the three finalists is a real honour, and I am really excited to be attending a reception at the Houses of Parliament later this year together with my wife, Hannah.
HM The King personally endorsed these awards with the statement:
As President of the Heritage Crafts Association, I am delighted to endorse this new awards scheme which supports and rewards excellence in the heritage craft sector.
The other finalists are listed below, and I look forward to meeting them and finding out about their work.
Two of our recent slate headstones
Fergus created Stoneletters Studio in 2003, after training at the Kindersley Workshop. He is a member of the prestigious Master Carver's Association.