The Skelton Workshops are situated in the home of the late John Skelton.
John Skelton, letter carver and sculptor, spent 50 years working in Sussex close to Ditchling Beacon. He was the nephew of Eric Gill and was apprenticed to his uncle. His garden in the hamlet of Streat, Sussex, home to the present Skelton Workshops, is filled with his sculptures, carved in stone, wood and cast bronze.
Helen Mary Skelton is a professional letter cutter, trained by her father John Skelton, the nephew of Eric Gill. She served a three-year apprenticeship in his workshop in lettercutting completing in 1976, since when she has been working to commission carving inscriptions, sundials and memorials.
Paulien Gluckman is a professional sculptor and letter cutter. She has diplomas in Painting (Port Elizabeth, S. Africa) and Fine Art and Design (London Polytechnic 87-91). She was a student of John Skelton part-time for three years and became adept at carving. Since then she has exhibited extensively in Sussex and has sold work in England, Holland and the USA. She has been artist in residence at the De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill and a teacher at Northbrook College in Sussex. See the video below of Paulien working with a sculpture student at the Skelton Workshops.
Jo Sweeting trained at Eastbourne College of Art and Technology, Leeds School of Art, Newcastle Polytechnic and at Skelton Workshops. She is also a qualified primary school teacher. She exhibits widely and takes commissions.
Stuart Davies – Woodcarving
Stuart studied at the Sir John Cass College because of the emphasis they put on craft skills and life Study. He works mainly in wax or clay before going on to cast in bronze or carve in wood. His work as a sculptor is deeply influenced by the human form and ancient mythology – the sculpture of ancient Egypt and Greece is his biggest influence – and he sees himself as part of a tradition that comes from archaic time, through artists like Rodin to the present day.