CLAS Honoured Fellows

Tom Perkins

Tom Perkins trained in calligraphy at Reigate School of Art & Design in the mid- 1970's, followed by a year as letter carving assistant to Richard Kindersley at his Kennington studio. In 1982, after letter carving in London for several years, he set up his own workshop in Sutton, Cambridgeshire. His work is wide-ranging, and includes public art commissions, large-scale signs for buildings, memorials, plaques, book jacket and logo design. Recent commissions include lettering for the Queen's Gallery, and a metal lettering frieze for St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. He taught lettering and letter carving at the Roehampton Institute for 15 years until 1997, and teaches short courses at West Dean College and for The Memorial Arts Charity, and in the U.S.A. and Japan. He is an Honoured Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, a fellow of Temenos Academy, The Royal Society of Arts, and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. He is a member of Letter Exchange and the Art Workers Guild. A monograph of hiswork was published by The Edward Johnston Foundation in 1998, and his book 'The Art of Letter Carving in Stone' was published by the Crowood Press in 2007. Tom's work is in the Fitzwilliam Collection of Contemporary Calligraphy in Cambridge.


  • Tom Perkins Lettercarver, Edward Johnston Foundation. 1998, ISBN 0 9532940 0 5
  • The Art of Letter Carving in Stone, The Crowood Press, 2007,ISBN 978 1 86126 879 2

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