Marsh Awards for Heritage Crafts

2012 - Wayne Parrott and James Portus

Mr Wayne Parrott
Hand Engraving

Wayne studied engraving at evening courses when he was 14 and then at the John Cass at 18, gaining a diploma. He was then taught by Turner and Cavanagh and worked alongside Eric Gill, before going on to study heraldry. Wayne then completed a course in Glass, Stone and Plaster Engraving in Germany with Professor Luft. Returning to England, he started teaching at the John Cass, where he remained for 38 years. Wayne is a trained assessor, and was in charge of the City and Guilds of London exams for Silversmithing and Allied Crafts. Wayne had taught day release, pre-apprentices, full-time and part time City and Guild Students, National Diploma and Higher National Diploma students. He has an MA in Applied Art and Visual Culture, is a Freeman of the City of London, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths. Wayne is regularly active in giving demonstrations and lectures to the Horological Society. Concurrently, Wayne has always been active in his studio, and has had commissions for the Duke of Edinburgh and the late Queen Mother. He engraved a clock dial for the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, which was auctioned to raise money for apprenticeships and has works on display at Westminster Abbey, St Pauls Cathedral,
Goldsmiths’ Hall, the Barbican Library, He is also regular judge for the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards.

Wayne runs regular short courses at West Dean College, West Sussex. He also runs evening courses through the Hand Engravers Association in London and occasional one – three day courses at the same location. These are all for beginner to intermediate level students, although can also be useful to more advanced craftspeople to keep up to date with their craft. Wayne also gives private tuition in his own workshop.

Captain James Portus

Jim Portus is the organiser, creative director and driving force behind "FishstockBrixham".
Fishstock is a one day event, that requires a great deal of work all year round and is a celebration of the fishing heritage and the crafts associated with the maritime industry. 2011 was the third event focusing on showcasing heritage skills across the fishing industry, including trawl making, withy pot making, net making, metal rope splicing and included as a highlight the sea shanties of the Port Isaac Fishermen's friends. The event was the inspiration of Jim Portus and takes place due to the extensive hours, commitment and dedication that he gives to the event.

Without the enthusiasm and commitment to FishstockBrixham, the old crafts related to fishing and it's heritage would not be showcased in Brixham during Fishstock. The event gives the general public the ability to not only watch but also take part in the craft making and celebrate the skills through watching craftsmen at work. Jim's aims and objectives are to promote the crafts and skills through intergenerational opportunities throughout the day.

Pictured above:
Alex Langlands - Judge, Wayne Parrott, Aleksandra Marsh - MCT
Alex Langlands - Judge, James Portus, Izzy Harrap - MCT


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