THE BRICK CARVER   -  north Herefordshire

Made from brick pieces found on beaches or river beds, these hearts (about 11cm wide x 3cm thick) can be indoor or outdoor ornaments; teapot stands;  they can be set within path or patio pavings and steps; I also make thinner ones (about 20mm thick) that can be set within the face of a plastered wall indoors, or in the face of  a rendered wall outdoors. (See Gallery C). Plus bigger ones cut from stone or old quarry tiles, and tiny heart shaped paperweights.

 Bottles are drilled to accommodate dried flower or twig displays - or merely to stand as ornaments in their own right. Individually carved, they all differ. If you own a Victorian or Edwardian house and have salvaged a brick or two during alteration works, I might be able to carve them into   bottles, doorstops, bookends, letters or numbers - including the number of your house, or your initials, for indoor or outdoor use.

My name is Jan Latusek ("Joz") 

For most of my working life I have been involved in the design, construction and restoration of buildings ... and for six years I also worked as a rural postman. Now retired, I still work with bricks and other building materials, but from an artistic angle instead. 

I salvage hundred year old clay bricks from demolished Victorian or Edwardian buildings - bricks that might otherwise be crushed as hardcore or dumped in landfill. Imperial size (slightly larger than modern metric bricks). Including some that were produced at brickworks in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire and Radnorshire. 

I carve them into characterful bookends, doorstops, candleholders, letters & numerals, garden & hearthside ornaments, paperweights. No two are identical - some are totally unique. I am not aware of anyone else in the UK doing this, so they make very unusual gifts, many of them at very affordable prices! Gifts that can last for hundreds of years. 

I also produce individual wooden items crafted from reclaimed timber. And occasionally ceramic items, plus my own range of local photographic greetings cards. From mid-2018 I shall be producing lathe turned items, using wood salvaged from broken furniture and fallen trees.


MALVERN AUTUMN SHOW - 28/29 Sept 2019. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs., WR13 6NW. Stand No.855, within the Rural Crafts area (Row 7). 9am - 6pm. As well as carved bricks (including iron-handled ones featuring the makers name 'HOLMER WORKS, HEREFORD'), I shall be selling a range of items carved from salvaged wood. (Very large oak doorstops; tea-candle holders; fishes; etc). The wood comes from old oak floorboards, broken hardwood furniture, and fallen branches.

HELLENS GARDEN FESTIVAL - 8/9 June 2019. Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, Herefordshire. HR8 2LY An outdoor family event featuring plants, food, music, art and crafts, and all in keeping with nature. A sculpture trail, affordable healthy food, traditional crafts.

EXHIBITION.  12th to 28th November 2018. The Old Stables Gallery, at the Tourist Information Centre, 11 Corn Square, Leominster. Works by metalcraft artist Paul Thomas, photographer Linda Thomas, and me. All items for sale.

BROMYARD HOP FESTIVAL. SUNDAY 27 August 2017. I shall have a CRAFT FAIR stall in The Ballroom at the Falcon Hotel, Broad Street. 10am-4pm. As well as a selection of items carved from reclaimed Victorian and Edwardian bricks, I shall have some huge heavy doorstops and bookends created from reclaimed oak and pine. Plus local photo cards. Please come and look. 

Ullingswick Fete. Sunday 9 July 2017. 2-5pm.

Display at Heritage Centre Gallery, Bromyard; 2017 Spring Exhibition.

Leominster, Saturday,18 March 2017. Craft Fair at The Priory Church, 10am-4pm, alongside a day of medieval activities!

Wynne's Christmas Craft Fayre, Sunday 20 November 2016. 10am-4pm at Wynnes, Hope-under-Dinmore, HR6 0PX 

During Herefordshire Art Week some of my brick items will be on show alongside my 'Hooked on Wood' exhibition, which features a range of items made from reclaimed hardwoods and pine. (See examples on the 'Non-brick' page in menu above). More detail later.   


Born in Leominster, Herefordshire. Brought up in Birmingham, but escaped to  the Cotswolds, then Carmarthenshire.  Now I am back home  in Herefordshire, 60 years after leaving!  Based midway between Leominster, Hereford & Bromyard. Email me at  or message me via my Facebook page - especially if  you can offer me a suitable local storage space for bricks and wood, or regular/occasional display space. Or if you regularly dispose of  hardwood offcuts (including heavily weathered ones such as old oak or chestnut fence posts).. And especially if you can offer me a namestamped old brick or two such as used as doorstops on my 'Gallery C' page!


Website last updated  20 September 2019


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