Artisans of Influence

Walt Disney 1901-1966

Walt Disney is a legend; a folk hero of the 20th century. His worldwide popularity was based upon the ideals which his name represents: imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in the American tradition. Walt Disney did more to touch the hearts, minds, and emotions of millions of Americans Read more

William De Morgan 1839-1917

“De Morgan has a progressive and resourceful mind, accepting the ancient and simple traditions of the crafts, but not content to rest there” – May Morris
William De Morgan was the most important ceramic artist of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He was born on 16 November 1839 into an Read more

Horace Walpole 1717-1797

Horace Walpole (1717–1797), English historian, Member of Parliament, connoisseur, playwright and novelist, said to have coined the term serendipity wrote the Gothic novelCastle of Otranto (1764).
Fourth Earl of Orford, Horace Walpole was born 24 September 1717 in Arlington Street, Piccadilly, Westminster, London, England, the third son of Whig politician and First Earl Read more

Thomas Edison 1847–1931

Thomas Edison held a world record of 1093 patents for inventions such as the lightbulb and phonograph
He was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio; the seventh and last child of Samuel and Nancy Edison.
Edison was an American inventor, scientist and businessman who developed many devices that greatly Read more

Margarete Steiff

Appolonia Margarete Steiff, formally known as ‘Margarete Steiff’, but most affectionally as ‘Gretle’, was born on 24th July 1847, in Giengen in southern Germany. At a young age Margarete contracted Polio, leaving her right arm hurt and legs paralyzed meaning she was wheelchair bound. With a passion for sewing, Read more

Thomas Chippendale 1718 -1779

Thomas Chippendale was born in the small Yorkshire town of Otley in 1718, the son of a carpenter; his family had long been involved in the woodworking trade and the timber business, and Thomas received his training and apprenticeship from his father. In his early years he also worked Read more

Nathaniel Mills (1784-1843)

Nathaniel Mills (1784-1843) – The King of Castle Tops
By Cliff Proctor
If you are fortunate enough to own a slim silver card case which is deeply embossed with an image of a castle or some other important building or monument, and if the initials ‘N.M’ are incorporated within the hallmark Read more

Socrates 470-399 BC

Socrates lived in the golden age of Athenian culture. He grew up studying the philosophers who went before him. Their primary concerns had been to understand the natural world but Socrates felt that their theories were developed without method or consistency, resulting in confusing and conflicting theories. More importantly, Read more

Sir Henry Joseph Wood 1869-1944

Wood’s fame lies mainly with the promenade concerts, but he was active in many areas of musical life.
Sir Henry Joseph Wood, was an English conductor, forever associated with The Proms which he conducted for half a century. Founded in 1895, they became known after his death as the “Henry Read more