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John Hodgson

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.

John first started by making ‘one off’ wooden miniature furniture, and for several years worked totally in this way. It was only when he was approached by John Guthrie, the owner of Hever Castle in 1990 did he develop and widen the range he produced.
John has now been a Fellow of the I.G.M.A. organisation (International Guild of Miniature Artisans) for some years, and taught for several years at the School in Castine, Maine, USA.

He has specialised in teaching the techniques of fine carving in the Grinling Gibbons style, and helping pass on his knowledge to the students. He also taught the technique of painting miniature portraits on vellum, something which he loves , and hopes to spend more time painting in the future.

A World in Miniature Museum, Houghton Hall Garden Centre, Houghton, Carlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom, CA6 4JB