Pruden and Smith have a proud heritage rooted in Ditchling’s rich arts and crafts history.
Anton Pruden is the grandson of Dunstan Pruden who worked in The Guild of Joseph and St Dominic formed by Eric Gill. In 1988 Anton Pruden and Jewellery Designer Rebecca Smith returned to Ditchling and set up their first workshop and gallery to continue the tradition.
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft holds an internationally important collection of work by the artists and craftspeople who were drawn to the village, including the sculptor, wood engraver, type-designer and letter-cutter Eric Gill, the calligrapher Edward Johnston (responsible for the famous Johnston typeface used for London Underground), the painter David Jones, the printer Hilary Pepler and the weaver Ethel Mairet.
Being able to see special objects and works of art and craft in the village where they were made is a rare opportunity. It offers a unique way to consider how the objects were made and who they were made for.
The impact of the many artists and craftspeople who came to live and work in Ditchling from the beginning of the 20th century onwards established this village as one of the most important places for the visual arts and crafts in Britain. The museum reopened on 20th September 2013 after a major £2.3m redevelopment. Read more here: www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk
Combine your visit to the museum with a tour of our workshops to see some on the original tools from Dunstan’s time and how Pruden and Smith work today.
Groups please book on 01273 846338, individuals just turn up!
We send out our living relic, Anton Pruden, to give his illustrated talk “The Art of the Goldsmith: Dunstan Pruden and his Legacy” to groups all over the South East of England. We are told they are entertaining (there are many personal family anecdotes and quotes form Dunstan’s memoirs) and informative (from techniques to hall marks) and all that is asked is a donation to a charity set up by Rebecca Smith Sussex Nightstop.