The Society of Heraldic Art


Bryan John Rawlings BA. Hons, SHA
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I have been making heraldic sculpture for over 30 years. I set up my present company in Keynsham in 2001. Coats of arms that I have made can be seen all over the world, as far as the USA, New Zealand and Japan. They are also on view on the inside and outside of many prestigious buildings such as the London Guildhall, the Old Bailey, Oxford University, and many embassies, courts, universities, public schools and major company headquarters nationwide, and worldwide. Sizes range from a few centimetres to 3m high. Materials I work in include GRP, resin and cast metals.

Bryan Rawlings Design

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Tel: +44 (0) 117 9867894
Mobile: 0777 302 3937
Fax: 0117 3778816

45 Nunney Close
BS31 1XG

Unit 14 Brookleaze
Stockwood Vale
BS31 2AL


Clare Street FSHA
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My speciality of hand engraving includes the following forms:

  • Seal engraving: precious metal rings, cufflinks, fob and desk seals with the image cut in negative relief to stamp positive relief impressions on seals in wax.
  • Die-sinking in negative relief in steel for medals and other dies.
  • Carving in positive relief in gold including for tie studs, dress shirt buttons and brooches. 
  • Line engraving is a two dimensional form, in precious metal for rings and cufflinks etc., on hallmarked silver with an inscription and/or illustration for mounted plaques, or on copper or steel bookplates to print Ex Libris.  

Leaflets available.
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My interest in Heraldry began in 1956.  I attendeda course of evening classes under the tutelage of Gillie Potter, followed in 1964 by evening classes in heraldic art with Norman Manwaring and, later, week-long courses in calligraphy and heraldic design with Anthony Wood.

I joined the Heraldry Society in 1957 and was elected an Honorary Fellow in 2000. I became a Craft Member of the Society of Heraldic Arts in 1997 and was elected as a Fellow in 2012.

I undertake various commissions, but my main body of work in recent months has been as a recording artist at the College of Arms. I have an ongoing project in English Civic Heraldry.


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Calligrapher & Heraldic Artist
John studied at Leeds College of Art (1946-1951) then pursued an advanced diploma and MPhil and PhD degrees at Bristol and London Universities. He was taught the art of calligraphy and heraldry by Thomas W Swindlehurst in the traditions of 10th century writing hands established by Edward Johnston, and has produced heraldic scrolls, family trees and heraldic achievements in gold and colour on calfskin. He has done commissions for churches, corporate bodies, local councils, universities, London Livery Companies, Lord Mayors and London Sheriffs, the Inner and Middle Temples, the World Dental Aids Association, the Worshipful Company of Gloucestershire and for numerous individuals. John has also written a number of books on calligraphy and lettering and has taught and lectured widely both in this country and the USA, where he has directed summer schools and been an artist in residence.


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