Thomas Appleton


Location: London

I established my practice in 2011, having completed formal training, a range of apprenticeships and projects delivered alongside leading lettercarvers and stonemasons. Passionate about letterforms and ephemera, excited by giving permanence to pop, I relish using this traditional craft to capture modern lives and engage a new audience.
At times seen as irreverent, my work challenges expectations of the form.
I have successfully delivered a range of private commissions, from small wall-hung pieces to large-scale work for international firms such as Linley Furniture. Site-specific experience ranges from conservation and restoration projects on ancient buildings and historic monuments, to a recent commission with the National Trust.
I am a Yeoman Mason of the Worshipful Company of Stonemasons and place great importance on maintaining links with the heritage of my craft. My work celebrates the UK’s incredible and diverse resource of native stone. Working with processes and skills that haven’t changed since Roman times, I only use traditional hand tools in my practice - from design through to finishing details.


Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth – Solo Show (awarded at Craft Emergency) 2015
Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth - Craft Emergency, Winner, Nov – Jan 2014
Smiths Row Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, Nov 2013 - Jan 2014
Blackgates Gallery, Baldock,Oct 2013 - date
Barrington Court, National Trust + SAW+ Craftspace – Make the Most commission , Aug - Nov 2013
MADE London– Twenty, group show with Crafts Council Hothouse peers 25-27 Oct 2013
George Contemporary Art & Design, London -- Amalgam, International group show, Sept - Oct 2013
71A, London, in partnership with Little White Lies magazine– Not for Rental July 2013
Linley Furniture, London & UAE – Appleton Console,Nov 2011