Tollers Design Centre
Tollers Farm (West Gate)
Surrey UK CR5 1BN
JEAN FINDLAY HAMMOND
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
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 -
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
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 -
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 -