Eccleshall-based Staffordshire Marquetry Group are celebrating stunning success at the Marquetry Society’s 2013 National Marquetry Exhibition, currently showing at Gladstone Pottery Museum.
As hosts, the Group tried to put in a strong selection of exhibits but surprised and surpassed themselves with four class wins, numerous other places and the overall inter-Group challenge shield.
Better still, one exhibit by Group Chairman Brian Freeman was adjudged Best in Show to win the coveted Marquetry Society Rose Bowl. What is even more amazing is that Brian’s winning picture “Reflections” is a miniature, with a face area less than 12 square inches. Marquetry Society President, Quentin Smith (who also happened to be the Secretary of the Staffordshire Group) said “this is quite exceptional. A miniature has not won the Rose Bowl during my time in the Society, and I joined in 1988! It just goes to show the outstanding quality of Brian’s work.” A Staffordshire Group member has only once before won the Rose Bowl, when John Jeggo won in 2003.
As well as winning the Advanced Miniature class Brian, from Tittensor, also won the Advanced Applied Class with his “Dragon Box” and the miniature applied class with a tiny jewellery box featuring Constable’s Hay Wain. Staffordshire Group Treasurer Phil Green, also from Tittensor, won the Beginners Applied class with his “Celtic Spirit” jewellery box. Other Staffordshire members receiving awards were Shirley Watts, Graham Birt, John Jeggo and Quentin Smith.
For information about learning marquetry with the Staffordshire Group please contact Quentin on 01785 850614 or come along to the Group’s weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings, from 8-10pm, at the Methodist Church Hall in Stone Road, Eccleshall. www.staffsmarq.freeserve.co.uk