Thomas Appleton

Thomas Appleton

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What do you specialise in making?

I’m a contemporary maker working with stone. I trained as a lettercutter and a stonemason, my work crosses the boundaries between art, design and craft, to explore our connection to stone and to champion its relevance. I’m proud to be a Yeoman Mason of the Worshipful Company of Masons since 2009.

And no, that’s not about handshakes and trouser legs, it’s about carrying on the skills of handcrafted stonemasonry, which are centuries old.

What part of the making process do you most enjoy: the arrival of an idea or the crafting of the finished piece?

On a daily basis I work with a material that is millions of years old: British stones that are older than dinosaurs. It’s amazing.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

My mum still has the breeze block I caved with a set of screwdrivers when I was 11. It looks nothing like her but she’s kept it.

Does your craft shape the way you consume products?

I value things that are well made, considered, make good use of materials and show integrity.

Where are you happiest outside of your workshop?

In a quarry.

A hole-and-corner is a secret place hidden away 

from the hustle and bustle of daily life: Where is your own 

hole-and-corner?

My drawing and small works office.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

You’re gonna be a long time dead.

Thomas Appleton

Heal's Modern Craft Market

Photographs: Jon Cardwell