The Skelton Workshops are situated at ARTELIUM, near the home of the late John Skelton.
John Skelton, letter carver and sculptor, spent 50 years working in Sussex close to Ditchling Beacon. He was the nephew of Eric Gill and was apprenticed to his uncle for a short time. His garden, with several of his stone sculptures, is available for students to visit.
Charly gained a BA in Industrial Design and worked as an Industrial Designer for several years during the 1970s, after which he moved to Ireland to work at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. In 1989 he moved back to London where he became head of a new Design & Technology department at The North London Collegiate Independent School for Girls, and received an MA in Art and Design in 1992. He taught Design & Technology at a secondary school in Burgess Hill from 2004 to 2010, when he retired and took up sculpting in stone. He is also a skilled carpenter.
After a career in film and television, Graham trained as a signwriter, and then completed a two year post-graduate diploma in historic stone carving at City & Guilds Art School in Kennington. For the past 10 years he has been working professionally as a lettercutter, sculptor and stone carver –with numerous prestigious commissions for memorials and historic, decorative and figurative carving. Graham also takes commissions for portrait busts in modelled in clay, cast in resin or bronze or carved in stone.
Fergus has been designing and lettercarving in stone for 10 years, progressing from a hobby to full-time work in 2019. He studied first under Helen Mary Skelton at her Thursday night workshops, and then, following a Journeyman grant from the Lettering Arts Trust, under master lettercarver Chris Elsey. He now works in Wivelsfield alongside Thomas Sargeant designing and carving memorials, plaques and other works in stone and wood.
Helen Mary Skelton is a professional letter cutter, trained by her father John Skelton. She served a three-year apprenticeship in his workshop in lettercutting completing in 1976, since when she has been working to commission carving inscriptions, sundials and memorials.