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There are over 230 individual craftspeople who have pieces of their work in the museum and we cannot mention them all, however on the next few pages, you have the opportunity to meet just a few of the craftsmen and women whose work is on display at A World in Miniature Museum.

Makers



Juliet Blake

Although Juliet describes herself as a ‘Jack of all trades’ (including bricklaying and plastering!!), her forte is certainly in the field of miniature needlework.

Juliet’s ‘masterpiece’ in the museum has everyone astounded with her embroidery containing over 19,600 inches to the inch – a staggering achievement in itself, without all the other pieces she has on display!

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David Edwards

Professional miniaturist since 1975, David Edwards enjoys world-wide renown as a creator of exquisite replicas of everyday and quality items.
David’s objective is to recreate the essence of each piece through the use of his formidable range of techniques. His Collection includes more than 100 items of kitchenware, personal items, sewing accessories, parlour pieces, musical instruments & Scottish kitchen furniture - mostly unique in the world of miniatures. There are no castings or mouldings.

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Mark Gooch

I was born on 31st January 1973. In a small village near Newmarket England.

After leaving school at 16 I started working for a firm restoring antique furniture this lasted about two years and finished due to transport problems, a short spells of unemployment and short term jobs followed.

I started making miniature furniture in 1994 as a hobby to fill the time not knowing it was possible to make a living from it, after a few months luckily a dolls house shop opened in a near by town, I became self-employed in 1995.

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Anne Greatrix

Anne was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1936. She won a Scholarship to St Mary’s College at the University of Durham and gained a B.A. honours Degree in English Language and Literature. After a course leading to a Diploma in Education she took up a teaching post at the High School for Girls in Hartlepool.

She retired from teaching in 1968 in order to concentrate on her children. In 1996 she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma which led to her death in 2004. She continued with her miniature work right up to the last few days of her life.

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Geoffrey Herickx

Geoffrey Herickx was trained at Birmingham College of Art.He has had several very successful exhibitions, and many of his paintings have been reproduced as open or limited edition prints.

He is a member of the Royal Miniature Society and of the Hilliard Society. He exhibits every year at the foremost Miniature Shows in Britain, including the Kensington Dollshouse Festival. He recently completed work for a series of miniature paintings which duplicate original paintings, of theatrical figures, which hang in the Garrick Club in London.

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Barry Hipwell

Barry had a varied career during which he gathered the skills that make him one of the world’s foremost miniaturists.

Starting in his father’s tinsmithing workshop - “I am one of the last Victorian tinsmiths” - he went to London as a set-builder at the Mermaid Theatre during its heyday under Bernard Miles. He was set builder and property-master for the EMMA Touring Theatre company and then developed his long-time interest in arts and antiques into standing at antiques fairs around the Midlands.

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John Hodgson

Jean Nisbett has described John Hodgson as “The Master” in her book, the “Secrets of the Doll’s House Makers” and his artistic talents have displayed themselves in the beautiful furniture he has created over the past 22 years. His love for antique furniture, and in particular chairs, introduced him to the business, when he created a miniature dining room display for his daughter. His furniture was seen publicly, and has consequently been much sought after.

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Bettina Kaminski

Bettina Kaminski, turned 40 this year, married, 3 children, I live in Reinfeld, a small town in northern Germany. Hobbies are dolls, dolls’ houses and miniatures and most of all needlecrafts, mainly in miniature (preferrably knitting, crocheting, tatting). I like new challenges- so the micro teddies were something I had to do- I couldn’t give up ( though I failed several times- I made all in all 21 limbs for the 3 mm bear and several heads fro the 5mm ) and also a friend had asked me to try making them and I didn’t want to disappoint her.

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Tony Knott

Tony Knott has been producing miniatures for the last 15 years and specialises in producing historically accurate pieces for the Medieval and Tudor period but also works with Georgian, Arts and Crafts and Victorian pieces. This work includes armour, weapons, furniture and domestic house wares which represent the every day items used in medieval society. His Tudor and Medieval dolls houses and room boxes are much sought after and accurately portray the living and working conditions of the period.

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Christine & Ray Lincoln

Ray and Christine Lincoln are familiar to many hobbyists who visit many of the big fairs, where they have exhibited regularly for many years, showing their combined specialities of shops and food in miniature.

As with a lot of miniaturists, once one partner starts to work with miniature, the other joins in and that’s the way it is with Ray and Christine.

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Mike Sparrow

I live and work as a silversmith in the Market Town of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. I have been making miniature silver since around 1990 when I was commissioned to make a teapot by my Aunty Doreen. I then started taking my work to miniature shows the following year and now regularly attend the larger shows.

I make 1/12th scale models that work largely as the the originals: For example the spouts on the teapots are open so would pour, and the black handles are carved from ebony. I produce a wide range of cutlery, teasets, dinner service etc. and my work can be viewed on my website -

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Judith Drury

Judith Drury trained in painting at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art.

She has shown works in numerous exhibitions including those at the Royal Academy, Hayward Gallery, Cork Street Fine Arts, the National Museum of Wales and Southampton University, where she was also the Fellow in Fine Art for two years.
Her works are in some public and many private collections.

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