Brenton is happiest when he is making or restoring something. When he was 17 he was accepted on a silversmith course (one of the few in the country) at Medway College of Art & Design in Kent. He excelled there and had exhibitions when he graduated at The Ritz, Goldsmiths’ Hall and the London Design Centre. He has since gone on to exhibit at many prestigious galleries and museums.
Passion for Craft
Being well aware of the therapeutic benefits of being creative, Brenton shares his passion for making and craft with as wide an audience as possible through his broadcasting and as a teacher of adults and children.
Photography & Art
As someone who was always interested in photography, as a mature student Brenton studied photography at Plymouth Art College. In his final year he melded his love of photography and silversmithing together by majoring in making daguerreotypes – which are photographic images captured on silver plates. His work made such an impact that he was asked to be the only English person ever to exhibit in the museum of the pioneer of the technique, Louis Daguerre, at his house in Paris. He also paints and draws in his free time – beyond anything he needs to do in order to create designs for people.
More Strings to his Bow
Using his craft skills and knowledge Brenton worked with classic sports cars and Historic Formula One cars from the 70’s and 80’s. He travelled across Europe and to Australia in this role from 1986 to 1999. He has worked on private commissions to restore old cars from Ferraris to Morris Minors.
Brenton also raced cars in the UK for four years in the 1980’s
Brenton rebuilt and refurbished seven family homes, turning his hand to laying bricks, plumbing, wiring, roofing, underpinning, designing extensions, rebuilding old fireplaces and painting trompe d’oeil frescoes. His least favourite job is attaching roof tiles as he has a tendency to fall off ladders!
In 1999 Brenton completed the RHS Horticulture course and continues to this day to design and love gardening. His knowledge of plants and trees is extensive and this knowledge was something that was nurtured from an early age.
‘The Repair Shop’ BBC One (appeared in over 100 episodes)
‘The Repair Shop: Fixing Britain’ BBC One
‘Celebrity Mastermind’ BBC One (February 2022)
Radio interviews on BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Glasgow, BBC Radio Berkshire
‘Morning Live’ ITV
Charities close to his heart
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