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David Winter

Gifted English sculptor David Winter is regarded as one of the foremost creators of miniature architectural structures. Born 1958 in Catterick, Yorkshire, David was inspired by his Mother, famed British sculptor Faith Winter. It was in her studios that David inherited his creative skills. Initially making pottery and decorative tiles, and then on a joint venture with John Hine making heraldic shields. These were not successful but proved useful in attracting David to design on a minute scale. He and John experimented and in 1979 the first David Winter Cottage - 'The Mill House' was produced. David's work found instant acceptability when they started to offer them to selected shops in Great Britain and later in North America.

Provencial 1 Production began in the coal shed at the foot of David's parents' house. John Hine did the talking and selling. Initial cottage such as the Provincial One pictured to the right were more rudimentary than current market cottages. As David, and associated craftsmen and craftswomen's skills increased over time, so did the popularity of the cottages. In 1981 larger premises were found at Borden, and then later to Eggars Hill.

He has received worldwide acclaim. In 1988 the Company was awarded the Queens Award for Export. Each year an average of around 80 companies are selected, from 10 times as many, to receive the award. The recipients are entitled to fly the Queen's Award flag outside their premises and to use the emblem on stationery for a period of 5 years. Not to mention the prestige!
 


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