The ancient High House in Stafford, captured here through the artistry of marquetry

Members of Eccleshall-based Staffordshire Marquetry Group are putting their feet up after hosting the Marquetry Society’s 65th Annual Exhibition at Gladstone Pottery Museum.

The Exhibition, which featured over 200 exhibits from UK and abroad, closed on Saturday 3rd June following the Society’s AGM and prize-giving ceremony.

The Staffordshire Group was particularly successful, winning four classes and taking numerous other awards to retain the Marquetry Society’s inter-group challenge shield. There were awards for Elizabeth Head, Ron Butters, John Jeggo and Quentin Smith, but the stars of the show were Kerry Rath and Brian Freeman. Kerry won three classes, including the prestigious premier pictorial class, and Brian, the Group’s Chairman, won the advanced miniature class and the Rose bowl for best picture in show, with his wonderful miniature picture titled “Titania Sleeping in the Moonlight”, which was adapted from a painting by John Simmons.

Group Secretary Quentin Smith, who has just completed six years as President of the Marquetry Society, said

“This was another solid performance from the Group. Our members are supremely skilled and regularly achieve top awards at national level. However the main thing is that we enjoy making our marquetry in a friendly and supportive environment. We meet every Wednesday evening at the Methodist Church Hall in Stone Road, Eccleshall, and would be happy to welcome anyone who would like to know more about the art and craft of marquetry.”

Further details of the Group’s activities can be found on their website – or from Quentin on 01785 805614.