THE BRICK CARVER   -  north Herefordshire

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 was 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 unrepeatable. 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 which I sell alongside selected quality cards by others. From the start of 2018 I shall be producing lathe turned items from the wood of fallen trees.


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. 

From 1st August 2017 onwards, a small selection of items will be on sale at The Sheep Shed, 6 School Lane, Leominster (just off Corn Square). Open Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri and halfday Saturdays.

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 . 


Website last updated  18 November 2017


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