& Prop maker
Penny Spedding is a prop maker who designs and makes props for theatre, TV, and film, specialising in metalwork. With over 30 years’ experience, including 6 years at the Royal Opera House props department, she has worked at the highest level of skill, with top designers and directors in London and across the UK. Her work with Shakespeare’s Globe has included making ‘original practice’ props, hand-crafted with exacting historical detail.
Based in Devon, with a fully equipped workshop, Penny continues working in theatre, TV and film, also now designing and making one-off commissions for private clients, including high-end commercial retailers. Locally, her work can be seen in beautiful and original metal gates.
Her skills, design and making-knowledge equip her for any commission large or small. Please get in touch to discuss your project and how Penny can help bring it to life.
London | Bristol | Exeter
What is a Prop Maker?
A prop maker is both an artist and technician who creates custom props
for theatre, TV, film, or other installations. They work closely with the production designer and art director, to bring designs to life. Sometimes, detailed plans and instructions are supplied; other times, prop makers use their creative flair to design and create the project.
Why Use a Prop Maker?
Using an experienced prop maker will greatly increase the efficiency
of your production. A prop maker can create custom props that are unique to you, which can help to create a more immersive experience for the audience. They will also be able to ensure that all props are safe and functional, which can help to prevent accidents on set. An experienced prop maker such as Penny will work closely with the production team to ensure that all props are consistent with the overall vision of the production.
What is the difference between a Prop Maker and General Metalworker or Carpenter?
Prop makers are skilled artists and technicians who create custom props
for a production. They will be more experienced in a greater range of materials than general craft people, and very used to working with the production designer, art director, and prop master in a theatre, film, or
TV setting. They will have a greater understanding of how best to bring your ideas to life
What Materials do Prop Makers Use?
Prop makers work in a variety of materials, selecting the most appropriate for your design. Materials can include metal, wood, EVA foam, fabric… the possibilities are endless! Penny Spedding works widely with a range of materials, but is a specialist in metalwork.
Shakespeare's Globe: The Globe & Sam Wanamaker Playhouse | Young Vic Theatre | Royal Opera House | The Royal Ballet | Birmingham Royal Ballet | Scottish Opera | English National Opera | National Theatre | The Vaults | Graeae Theatre Company Longleat, Warminster | Acierta, London | Liberty, London | Selfridges, London | Lloyds, San Francisco | Pervis & Pervis, London | Myla, London | Smoke and Mirrors, London | Sanctuary Studios, London | Madame Tussaudes, London + Amsterdam | Ore Design, London | The Edge Bar, Soho,London
I'd love to hear from you
Penny Spedding, Lickham Bottom Barn, Hemyock, EX15 3RU