Mark Uttley
toymaker

Festival: 2016

Artist statement

My name is Mark Uttley and I trade as Muttley the Toymaker. I have been making toys for the last 20years and I’m a member of the British Toymaker’s Guild. Toymaking by my own definition is a license to exaggerate the silliness and quirkiness of life which appeals to everyone who is child at heart. I work in toys because I love the fun, the colour and the movement it gives. My influences are many and varied from everyday events to nursery rhymes, in fact anything with humour in it. I work principally in wood but will use a variety of other materials, such as glass beads, wire and easily worked metals. I especially enjoy making automata which provide a magical event to the turner of the handle.

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