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Tollers Design Centre
Tollers Farm (West Gate)
Drive Road
Old Coulsdon
Surrey   UK    CR5 1BN


Jean studied Fine Art & Printmaking at The Bath Academy of Art graduating with distinctions in both subjects. She is a qualified teacher (Bristol University) with a very wide experience in various educational establishments, teaching young people and adults. She is passionate about developing each individuals potential whether the student is young or mature. Jean has held a number of  positions of  responsibility and Head of Department posts teaching art and design at all levels and lecturing in the History of Art before working freelance as a textiles artist since 1978. Jean usually works to commission and her pieces hang in both private and public locations.  She particularly enjoys the challenge of designing for church interiors where her contemporary work - Wall Hangings, Banners, Frontals, Vestments - can be seen in both modern and ancient settings. Personal work in painting and her textile pieces are rarely exhibited outside of the Gallery at Tollers Design Centre, but can be viewed by appointment.  Jean lectures on the History of Painting, Colour and Design, and Patchwork and Quilting - including her special interest in WW 11 Canadian Red Cross Quilts.                                                            

When not in her studio or the office she can be found walking  on the Downs with Michael & Mia or mucking out Jacob’s stable!


Michael’s early training has developed into the specialist field of furniture design. His main work has been in undertaking commissions for pieces of furniture, individually designed and hand built for private clients and for public buildings. Although a contemporary designer he has also undertaken restoration work of antique furniture and church interiors. The other area of Michael’s work is in sculpture, he has exhibited locally and in other parts of the country.

Michael is now retired from his professional work but continues to enjoy passing on his skills and experience in design and practice to adult students, teaching many diverse aspects of woodcrafts, furniture making and carving.

He has spent a lifetime of work in his chosen craft receiving much recognition and appreciation from clients and students alike but considers his best achievement to be the resurrection and transformation of a group of redundant farm buildings into The Tollers Design Centre - a place for others to learn and create.

When not in his workshop he can be found walking his dog on the Downs or sitting in the stand at Wimbledon Football Club.


tollers design centre

established 1980

TOLLERS DESIGN CENTRE is an independent Art & Design Centre Founded in 1980 by Michael and Jean Hammond, two practising artists and designers.

Originally set up at Tollers Farm as personal studio space for Michael’s work in furniture design and sculpture, and Jean’s painting and textiles.  However, local residents showed a desire to be involved, requesting classes in a range of crafts.  Reluctant at first to offer anything long term, a few private students were integrated into Michael and Jean’s professional working practice. Gradually more and more interested students joined in until a regular programme of classes and courses has evolved into today’s flourishing Centre.


   to interest and encourage you in the enjoyment and appreciation of arts and crafts at all levels -

to provide a teaching  environment which nurtures the beginner and challenges the more experienced -

to inspire confidence in you to use your creative talents, even when you think you are without any -

to actively engage everyone who wishes to take part in learning creative skills-

Although Tollers is now no longer a  working farm , Jean and Michael have enjoyed the company of many animals over the years - donkeys, dogs, hens and geese and at present share their lives with Jacob, who regularly greets the woodworkers on their way past his paddock and Mia who is most likely to be found curled up under a table in the textile studio.

The studios are housed in converted farm buildings.  Although now on the edge of Greater London, the farm has been on this site since the fourteenth century and has retained its beautiful setting overlooking Farthing Downs and Happy Valley. Stunning views, wild flowers and an abundance of birds and animals are a great source of pleasure and inspiration to students and visitors to the area.  

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Our view towards Happy Valley & Farthing Downs - Autumn into Winter