COURSE PROGRAMME 2018

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    FAIENCE & ART NOUVEAU TILES :: Friday 2nd February and Friday 2nd March 2018

    With Jo Dove of RAW artwork projects

    This course will look at the designs of the Art Nouveau period, particularly that of William de Morgan, as well as the technique of ‘tube lining’, introduced by William Moorcroft at the beginning of the 20th century. We will be painting tiles in the style of the Faience ware as well as making tiles using the tube lining, paper stencilling and Encaustic technique. This is a two part workshop with two days held a month apart; you will make clay tiles to your own or traditional designs on the first day and finish them with glazes on the second day. Tiles will be available to collect when the processes of drying and kiln firing are completed thereafter, or can be posted to you (at cost) if you prefer.

    £135 (plus materials & firing approx. £30)

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    *PLEASE SEE ALTERNATIVE DATES LATER IN THE YEAR*

    With Tracey Bell

    If you’re mesmerised by the beauty of glass beads you will adore this introductory class! You will make your own lampwork glass beads using a bench mounted oxygen/propane torch; learning the basic principles of working safely and understanding your equipment and materials. There will be ample opportunity to try several shapes of bead and work in your choice of colours, as well as some basic surface decoration.

    £85 (Including materials)

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    With Linda Hampson Member of the SW Society of Botanical Artists

    Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium. We will work with Faber Castell Polychromo pencils. It is genuinely an easy medium to master and so I invite you to join me in a workshop. You will learn how to layer and blend and various other ‘tricks’ and techniques. Beginners and improvers welcome.

    £65 (plus nominal charge for materials as required)

    ALSO SEE REGULAR MONTHLY BOTANICAL DRAWING CLASSES
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    With Caroline Robinson of clearmapping.co.uk

    Create the map of your heart’s desire. We will be using old fashioned mark-making tools, on watercolour paper and vellum. First day, we will be sizing paper, hearing a brief history of cartography and developing mark-making techniques. On the second day, we will be drawing your map out in pencil and then in ink. Please bring your own basemap to illuminate.

    £135 (plus £40 materials which will include vellum, paper and a set of pens to take home)

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    With Sean Hellman website

    We use spoons every day and usually give them little thought. They are wonderful examples of 3d design and art meeting function, with their almost infinite variety of shapes and form. People have carved wooden spoons since we began working wood, a tradition that is still alive today with more and more people taking up this practical and rewarding pastime. Spoons come in all shapes and sizes: eating, serving, cooking, sculptural, and love-spoons. This workshop will concentrate on serving spoons and ladles. Depending on your ability, you will take home at least one spoon and the techniques used in making, so you can continue making spoons to your own designs. Spoon carving tools will be on sale at the workshop. Beginners and improvers welcome. Techniques covered during this course are: What wood to use and what part of the tree to use. How to shape the billet of wood using an axe. How to use an axe and knife safely. Step by step tuition is given in each axe and knife technique. How to refine and finish the roughed out blank using a range of knives. Cutting out the bowl of the spoon using curved spoon knifes. You be able to try out various spoon knives and other tools for hollowing the bowl. How to finish the spoon: a cut finish versus a sanded finish, and what to oil your spoon with. You will be able to try out various commercially available knives and axes. We will also talk about and practice how to keep your knife sharp. You will also be able to take home at least one billet of wood to continue making spoons. Sean Hellman has been making spoons since a teenager and regularly teaches and demonstrates around the country including at Spoonfest, the largest international spoon carving festival.

    £135 (including materials)

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    With Jim Stanes

    Fascinated by the clever effects created by signwriters? Then this course is for you! Choose a word or initials and learn how to transform them into a beautiful sign. Using traditional methods, you will paint onto a pre-prepared board, learning skills that can be applied to any surface. Jim is well known for his work in the film industry, you may well have seen many of his signs!

    £135 (Plus approx. £10 materials)

  • If the course you are booking is a gift, we will be happy to send it in a pre-printed gift voucher card. Please remember to tell us which course you would like a gift card for if you are booking several. All bookings with Gift Cards are dispatched in plain brown envelopes to the purchasers address.  We can send direct if required, please contact us with clear instructions if you would like the gift voucher sent direct to the recipient.
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    With Kate Semple of Kate Semple Sculpture

    Join Kate Semple to carve your own Gargoyle inspired by the wonderful carvings we admire on churches and cathedrals. Kate will take you step by step through the ancient skills of stone carving, to create your own sculpture for your home or garden.

    £135 (Plus approx. £25 materials)

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    *THIS COURSE WAS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER WARNINGS - PLEASE SEE NEW DATE WEDNESDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2018*

    With Martin Frost - website

    A painting on the page edge of a book has been a novel form of book decoration for centuries.  When it is made to appear and disappear under gold it is particularly intriguing and never ceases to amuse. Engage with the history and techniques of creating a book-edge decoration, completing your own gilt-edged book with a hidden painting. You will need to be moderately adept with fine brushes but not necessarily a highly skilled artist. Fore-edge painter Martin Frost has been working from studios in West Sussex, England for 40 years. He has painted the edges of well over 3500 books including examples of the scarce all-edge, split and two-way doubles and now binds many of his books too. He has written a workshop manual, published articles and lectured to many major organisations interested in the art and craft of the Book. He has appeared throughout the UK, Canada and the US from Boston to Atlanta, Chicago and throughout California. Recently he lectured at the 2015 Convention of the Society of Bookbinders at Keele University.  His work is to be found in many national and international institute and private collections. Martin was awarded 'Maker of the Year 2017’ by the British HERITAGE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION for practicing and promoting the rare art of Fore Edge Painting which is now designated as  ‘highly endangered’  The One Show on BBC tv recently broadcast a feature on his works and he has appeared in many magazines including a two page spread in Country Life. Students are invited to bring a draft image of their choice and bring their own suitable gilt-edged books and holding clamp. However specially created gilt-edged book blocks can be purchased at £20 and quality workshop presses will be on loan and offered for sale at £40. Specially printed workshop manuals come free with the course.

    £75 (Plus approx. £20 materials)

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    *COURSE FULL – Click here to join waiting list or see dates later in the year*

    With Julian Livingstone

    Ever popular, this two-day class with a professional silver smith is aimed at complete beginners and improvers. Starting with sheet metals and expert guidance you will learn to cut, shape, solder, bezel set stones and polish to make small items of jewellery, a sugar spoon or other trinkets and keepsakes to your own designs. You are welcome to work in gold or other metals by prior arrangement.

    £135 (plus materials by weight – guide approx. £1.95p/gm inc. solder, flux and consumables)

  • *ONE PLACE REMAINING*

    With Linda Hampson Member of the SW Society of Botanical Artists

    Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium. We will work with Faber Castell Polychromo pencils. It is genuinely an easy medium to master and so I invite you to join me for a series of six workshops. You will learn how to layer and blend and various other ‘tricks’ and techniques. Beginners and improvers welcome.

    Tuesday 6th February 2018 - Snowdrops –  Absolute beginners class (£65)

    Summer Term 2018 Tuesday 6th March 2018 Under the Budding Beech (Seasonal Botanical Study) Tuesday 17th April 2018 Heron (Water and Ornithological study) Tuesday 22nd May 2018 Wander in the Bluebells (Using Blue)

     Three classes £165 (or £65 per class if booked individually - please call to book)

     DRAWING IN THE DARK! Monday 2nd July 2018 Peas in a pod (drawing in the dark with only artificial lighting) (£65)

    Autumn Term 2018 Tuesday 11th Sept 2018 Harvest Time – A Bough of Apples (Seasonal Botanical Study) Tuesday 9th October 2018 Red Squirrel with Filberts (Fur and Pretty Eyes) Tuesday 6th November 2018 Beetles and Autumn Leaves (Shiny, Dark Tones and Iridescence)

     Three classes £165 (or £65 per class if booked individually - please call to book)

     Monday 3rd December 2018 CHRISTMAS ROSE (Hellebores) - £65 including a glass of festive cheer

    SPECIAL OFFER

    Book both Summer and Autumn Term for £320 and get a complimentary place on; Monday 3rd December 2018 Hellebores - CHRISTMAS ROSE (otherwise £65) includes a glass of festive cheer

     Or add ‘Peas in a Pod’ as well for £360 (that’s just £45 per class!)

    PLEASE CONTACT US BY EMAIL OR PHONE TO DISCUSS AVAILABILITY - THE WHOLE COURSE CANNOT BE BOOKED ONLINE

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    With Ishbel Ramsay of Quinta Do Cobral (Puro Soaps)

    An introduction to traditional cold process soap making. You will take home a kilo of natural soap (approximately 12 large or 20 small bars) scented with your choice of essential oils. A relaxing day producing wonderful gifts, or a bespoke soap to enjoy yourself. You will receive full written instructions so you can make more at home as well as simple ideas for wrapping and presentation.

    £75 (plus materials approximately £35 per kilo made)

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    With Ishbel Ramsay of Quinta Do Cobral (Puro Soaps)

    There are so many wonderful ways to make bath and shower times a sensuous experience without harsh chemical ingredients. Using aromatic oils, herbs, flowers, leaves and roots learn how to make a stunning collection of spa bath products. On this very special two day course you will also discover a technique enabling you to create your own rich, moisturising and chemical free natural liquid soap base that can be used in many different ways - liquid hand soap, shampoo, gentle baby wash and bubble bath to name a few. As always you will receive full written instructions so you can make more at home as well as simple ideas for wrapping and presentation.

    £135 (plus materials approximately £45)

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    With Paula Carnell of paulacarnell.com

    The ancient craft of skep making is a must for anyone interested in beekeeping or traditional crafts. Paula will demonstrate and guide students in how to make a traditional straw skep for use with catching swarms or beekeeping (although you can use them as a bowl if you don’t have bees). Tools needed will be provided and all equipment needed will be available to purchase. You should leave the course with a completed skep and be competent in making future skeps in your own time after completing the course. The two days will be mindful and inspiring, where talk of bees and skeps will transport you to a feeling of better connection with nature.

    £135 (plus materials approximately £10)

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    With Louise Scammell – website

    We will make etched plates using zinc and copper sulphate solution, a safe way of etching line and tone into the surface of the metal. On the second day we will take prints from our  plates using an etching press and print onto hand made cotton rag paper. Bring a sketch or idea for your image, we will be working on A5 or A6  sized plates. All  materials supplied and no previous printing experience necessary. It may be good to bring a small folder in which to take your prints and plate home.

    £135 (plus approximately £25 materials)

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    With Tom & Cara Toogood of Longdog Smithy

    An intensive introduction to the ancient art of pattern welding, sometimes called Damascus steel, this two day course will cover the basics of forging before we work on the more complex techniques of forge welding, twisting and folding. So you can go home with a beautiful, functional item.

    £165 (plus approximately £30 materials)

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    With Mark Snellgrove of Bakesdown

    A traditional basket also known as a splint basket originating from west/north Devon and used by farmers and smallholders for planting and harvesting potatoes, apples, feeding stock, and a multitude of tasks on the land. Stave baskets are very hard wearing and give years of service. You will be making a ‘number 2’ sized basket with a handle, which was designed to hold about 20lbs of potatoes using cleft ash for the ‘bonds’ and handle and western red cedar for the staves. A very special course which hasn’t been taught for many years. If you would like to know a little more about the history of this basket and the last known producer Jack Rowsell of Tiverton you can read more in this wonderful research by Mary Butcher http://www.reading.ac.uk/adlib/Details/collect/6456 .

    £165 (plus approximately £30 materials)

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    With Jemma Lewis of Jemma Marbling

    Hand Marbled paper is a treasure often found inside the covers of quality books, but you will not want to hide your beautiful creations! Wonderful for decoration of the covers (inside or out) of your books. A useful and interesting technique, as at home on paper as it is on fabric. A rare opportunity to be taught by a professional. All materials are provided, a really fun day, simply bring a pinny and wear old clothes, very addictive!

    £85 (plus £10 materials)

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    With Flora Arbuthnott of The Natural Dye Garden

    Exploring different processes and plants, creating a variety of colours on silk and yarn. We will take a natural dye plant foraging walk around the land and garden gathering plants for the dye pot. This course will also cover using fresh wild dye plants and specialist dye plants such as madder and weld, an overview of plant based non-toxic mordanting processes and how to make an organic indigo dye vat. You will learn how to create resist patterns using Japanese shibori resist techniques and come away with yarn or silk dyed a variety of colours to use in textile projects as well as gaining the skills to do natural dyeing with plants you can gather or grow.  You are welcome to bring a small amount of your own natural fabrics for dyeing although all materials will be supplied.

    £145 (plus materials approximately £20 or as required)

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    With Wayne Parrott

    Wayne Parrott was trained in his craft in England and Germany, and now engraves from his London-based studio, specialising in Heraldic work, carving and seal engraving. He taught hand engraving at the Sir John Cass Department of the London Guildhall University (now the London Metropolitan University) for over 30 years. Wayne is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths and teaches for the Hand Engravers Association. The intricate art of hand engraving on metal has long been used to add interest and beauty to decorative and functional objects. Finely applied craftsmanship can be found on thimbles, tableware, gun barrels clock faces and wax seals to name but a few. You will be introduced to the art of engraving on copper sheet, but the techniques learned can also be used on silver or gold. Choose your own simple design, or work from prepared ideas, which might be heraldic, flowing patterns, textures or lettering. Each student will take away the necessary tools to continue at home.

    £145 (plus materials approx. £30 to include tools to continue at home)

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    With Andrew Kirby of Kirby Woodworks

    Learn the craft of charcoal making on this two day course, whether you're interested in BBQ charcoal production, artist drawing charcoal, biochar, or blacksmithing fuel. We will explore the whole process from timber selection, to setting up a ring kiln burn and grading the finished product. This course will cover methods with commercially bought kilns or made kilns as well as making mini batches at home with minimal equipment.

    £145 (includes some charcoal to take home!)

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    With Jim Edmondson of Bristol Lapidary Club

    A hands-on course to create your own gemstone. You will cut, grind, polish and finish slices of natural semi-precious rock into beautiful cabochon stones. Why not attend a silversmithing course (see next two days, or November course) and try setting them in silver, or simply enjoy them as they are – it’s not magic its lapidary!

    £85 (plus nominal charge for materials approx. £5 per slice)

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    With Julian Livingstone

    Ever popular, this two-day class with a professional silver smith is aimed at complete beginners and improvers. Starting with sheet metals and expert guidance you will learn to cut, shape, solder, bezel set stones and polish to make small items of jewellery, a sugar spoon or other trinkets and keepsakes to your own designs. You are welcome to work in gold or other metals by prior arrangement.

    £135 (plus materials by weight – guide approx. £1.95p/gm inc. solder, flux and consumables)

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    With Jon Foster & Shane Whitehead of Art of a Fine Nature

    A traditional letterpress printing block has as much appeal as the print it makes. You will be guided through the design and making of your very own cast lead letterpress printing plate which will reproduce as elegant stationery, greetings or post cards. On the first day you will design and scribe your pattern into plaster and on the second day cast your design in a traditional metal alloy ready to print. A truly personal and very hands on course with a useful and beautiful product to take home. This will be a relaxed course, but with great emphasis on best practice and safety in metal casting. Students will produce one or two metal letterpress plates, these can be made to your specifications and will be costed by worked (finished) weight.

    £135 (plus materials approximately £20)

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    With Linda Hampson Member of the SW Society of Botanical Artists

    Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium. We will work with Faber Castell Polychromo pencils. It is genuinely an easy medium to master and so I invite you to join me in a workshop. You will learn how to layer and blend and various other ‘tricks’ and techniques, but unique to this workshop the class will be in a darkened room, each student using only artificial light from a small source - an exercise in tonal value. Beginners and improvers are both welcome.

    £65 (plus nominal charge for materials as required)

    PLEASE ENQUIRE ABOUT OUR REGULAR MONTHLY BOTANICAL DRAWING CLASSES
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    With Shane Whitehead of www.artofafinenature.com

    This year’s course will focus on making original pieces in wax to be cast in Bronze using the ancient lost wax casting process. You will learn the techniques required to cast in bronze; starting with wax sculpting and creating a casting tree over the first two days, then casting your sculpture, finishing your castings and finally patination techniques the following week. This course is suitable for all levels of ability and experience.

    £285 for four days (plus materials approx. £65)

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    With Hilary Burns - website

    Make a pleasing round basket with a central handle or side handles using brown willow from the Somerset levels and coloured bark willow from Hilary’s own collection.  You may choose to make a basket suitable for harvesting fruit, gathering vegetables or to hold your knitting depending on your preference for shape and purpose. More complex weaves may be incorporated if you have already done some making and are familiar with the basics of English basketry techniques. Beginners and those with some basket making experience are welcome on this course.

    £135 (plus materials approximately £20)

  • If the course you are booking is a gift, we will be happy to send it in a pre-printed gift voucher card. Please remember to tell us which course you would like a gift card for if you are booking several. All bookings with Gift Cards are dispatched in plain brown envelopes to the purchasers address.  We can send direct if required, please contact us with clear instructions if you would like the gift voucher sent direct to the recipient.
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    Introduction to lead work and copper foiling with Ann Pengelly of Artemis House Glass Studio

    Explore the diversity of stained glass panels – using copper foil & lead work. A voyage of discovery through these fascinating techniques culminating in a small panel or shaped piece. Larger pieces can be started but will not necessarily be completed in the two days. This class is suitable for complete beginners as well as improvers.

    £135 plus materials as required approximately £20 to include practice glass, lead, foil and glass for a finished panel up to 12” square (further materials available if required)

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    With Ishbel Ramsay of Quinta Do Cobral (Puro Soaps)

    An introduction to traditional cold process soap making. You will take home a kilo of natural soap (approximately 12 large or 20 small bars) scented with your choice of essential oils. A relaxing day producing wonderful gifts, or a bespoke soap to enjoy yourself. You will receive full written instructions so you can make more at home as well as simple ideas for wrapping and presentation.

    £75 (plus materials approximately £35 per kilo made)

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    With Ishbel Ramsay of Quinta Do Cobral (Puro Soaps)

    Improvers class for those who have attended a basic soap making class with Ishbel in the past - a chance to learn new and exciting techniques, make your own moulds and, using your skill and imagination, create a sumptuous and spectacular afternoon tea fit for a queen. Pastries, cakes and biscuits will feature, all made using wonderful, natural soap of course! It is absolutely essential that you have attended our cold pressed natural soap making course or have previous soap making experience to attend this course.

    £135 (plus materials approximately £45)

  • If the course you are booking is a gift, we will be happy to send it in a pre-printed gift voucher card. Please remember to tell us which course you would like a gift card for if you are booking several. All bookings with Gift Cards are dispatched in plain brown envelopes to the purchasers address.  We can send direct if required, please contact us with clear instructions if you would like the gift voucher sent direct to the recipient.
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    With Martin Frost - website

    A painting on the page edge of a book has been a novel form of book decoration for centuries.  When it is made to appear and disappear under gold it is particularly intriguing and never ceases to amuse. Engage with the history and techniques of creating a book-edge decoration, completing your own gilt-edged book with a hidden painting. You will need to be moderately adept with fine brushes but not necessarily a highly skilled artist. Fore-edge painter Martin Frost has been working from studios in West Sussex, England for 40 years. He has painted the edges of well over 3500 books including examples of the scarce all-edge, split and two-way doubles and now binds many of his books too. He has written a workshop manual, published articles and lectured to many major organisations interested in the art and craft of the Book. He has appeared throughout the UK, Canada and the US from Boston to Atlanta, Chicago and throughout California. Recently he lectured at the 2015 Convention of the Society of Bookbinders at Keele University.  His work is to be found in many national and international institute and private collections. Martin was awarded 'Maker of the Year 2017’ by the British HERITAGE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION for practicing and promoting the rare art of Fore Edge Painting which is now designated as  ‘highly endangered’  The One Show on BBC tv recently broadcast a feature on his works and he has appeared in many magazines including a two page spread in Country Life. Students are invited to bring a draft image of their choice and bring their own suitable gilt-edged books and holding clamp. However specially created gilt-edged book blocks can be purchased at £20 and quality workshop presses will be on loan and offered for sale at £40. Specially printed workshop manuals come free with the course.

    £75 (Plus approx. £20 materials)

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    With Adrian Rayment of www.raymentwire.com

    Adrian has been crafting traditional Victorian Wirework designs for over 30yrs. From large ornate Gazebo’s and Pergolas, Tables - Chairs to intricate basket wirework. He is considered the leading light of contemporary and period Wirework crafting, with clients in many parts of the world. Over a two day period Adrian will tutor students in traditional Wirework technique, with a view to crafting a period Victorian basket from start to finished piece. An extensive crafting background is not required and even though the craft is physical, great hand strength is not required to achieve a finished piece of work.

    £145 (plus materials approximately £20)

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    With Quentin Smith of QJS Marquetry

    Students will explore the construction of traditional marquetry motifs such as the compass rose and "Sheraton" oval. They will use these patterns to decorate one or more practical items such as notebooks. This course is intended as a "follow-on" for those familiar with the "window method" for pictorial marquetry, but is not beyond new starters with modest craft skills. Note: students may wish to bring other items (such as a box, tray or clock) into which to incorporate their marquetry. In this instance they are advised to contact the tutor beforehand to discuss details and confirm suitability.

    £135 (plus materials approximately £10)

  • *TWO PLACES REMAINING*

    With Hannah Hartwell of COADE

    Carving in a historic style inspired by C17th limewood architectural carving made famous by Grinling Gibbons . You will be provided with a prepared blank of limewood and will learn to carve an acanthus leaf, much used in architectural ornament.  You will be shown all of the processes using traditional tools and techniques. Suitable for beginners or, for anyone with  experience a slightly more complex leaf may be carved. For those who have been on a previous course, there will be a choice of several other designs.

     £135 (plus £20 materials)

  • *ONE CANCELLATION PLACE AVAILABLE!*

    With Tracey Bell

    If you’re mesmerised by the beauty of glass beads you will adore this introductory class! You will make your own lampwork glass beads using a bench mounted oxygen/propane torch; learning the basic principles of working safely and understanding your equipment and materials. There will be ample opportunity to try several shapes of bead and work in your choice of colours, as well as some basic surface decoration.

    £85 (including materials)

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    With Julian Livingstone

    Ever popular, this two-day class with a professional silver smith is aimed at complete beginners and improvers. Starting with sheet metals and expert guidance you will learn to cut, shape, solder, bezel set stones and polish to make small items of jewellery, a sugar spoon or other trinkets and keepsakes to your own designs. You are welcome to work in gold or other metals by prior arrangement.

    £135 (plus materials by weight – guide approx. £1.95p/gm inc. solder, flux and consumables)

  • *TWO PLACES REMAINING*

    With Gethin Davies

    Make your very own Whittled Stick in the form of a dog, duck, fox or other animal by prior arrangement with the very talented Gethin Davies, from West Wales. Handle blanks will be ‘roughed out’ in advance so you can concentrate on whittling, shaping and sanding – you just need to bring a sharp flexicut knife or dremel. You may like to finish it at home depending on how perfectly polished you would like it to be. Gethin will explain the final steps so you will be well equipped to complete your project with a stain, polish or lacquer finish at home in your own time. The perfect introduction to a popular heritage craft, beginners and improvers welcome.

    £75 (plus materials approximately £25)

  • *TWO PLACES REMAINING*

    With Antony Gay Member of the Guild of Straw Craftsmen

    Over two days you will learn various techniques to make motifs that were once used in the Swiss straw hat industry. Using simple tools, such as a dog comb and wicking needle we will transform straw splints and straw threads into various elements that will be part of your own beautiful sampler. There will also be opportunity to create your own straw threads just like Rumpelstiltskin!

    £135 (plus materials/tools available to purchase as required)

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    With Murray Marks of www.marcovitchshakerbox.co.uk

    Hand craft a set of two or three beautiful nesting shaker boxes in Cherry and Maple using Shaker materials and methods. A relaxed and gentle process using veneers, the copper tacks that hold the bands and the wooden pegs that pin the bands to the lids and bases are imported from America. Each stage and process closely follows the traditions. The Shaker lifestyle required a practical flexible storage system for household and workshop use. They adapted an English design of box which was almost round, and changed the proportions to the now classic oval design. The distinctive swallow tails of the joint were designed for practical purposes and with the beveled detail give a stylish hallmark to the finished box.

    £135 (plus materials approximately £14 per box)

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    With Linda Hampson Member of the SW Society of Botanical Artists

    Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium. We will work with Faber Castell Polychromo pencils. It is genuinely an easy medium to master and so I invite you to join me in a workshop. You will learn how to layer and blend and various other ‘tricks’ and techniques. Beginners and improvers are both welcome.

    £65 including a glass of festive cheer with lunch (plus nominal charge for materials as required)

    PLEASE ENQUIRE OR SEE OUR WEBSITE WWW.THEOLDKENNELS.CO.UK DETAILS OF OUR REGULAR MONTHLY BOTANICAL DRAWING CLASSES
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    *COURSE FULL – Click here to join waiting list also see additional course on 11th& 12th December 2018*

    With Alma Swan Member of Exeter Letterers

    In this course, you will be introduced to various techniques for working with gold – flat and raised gilding using leaf and powder gold, burnishing, the use of gesso and other sizes to support the gold – combined with colour to produce beautiful gilded designs. Students can work on a design of their choice or one offered by the tutor. The finished designs will be suitable for framing, photographing for reproduction or for very special cards.

    £135 including a glass of festive cheer with lunch (plus materials at cost approximately £15)

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    With Janet Waters of JW Blooms

    A little festive inspiration with the wonderful Jan Waters of JW Blooms! Jan will guide you through making a festive wreath to adorn your home or front door, using locally sourced garden greenery and decorated with hedgerow finds. You’ll also make a rustic terracotta pot table centre, full of country charm. Natural simplicity using the colours and textures of the season.

    £75 including a glass of festive cheer with lunch (plus materials approximately £20)

  • *ADDITIONAL COURSE! TWO PLACES REMAINING*

    With Janet Waters of JW Blooms

    A little festive inspiration with the wonderful Jan Waters of JW Blooms! Jan will guide you through making a festive wreath to adorn your home or front door, using locally sourced garden greenery and decorated with hedgerow finds. You’ll also make a rustic terracotta pot table centre, full of country charm. Natural simplicity using the colours and textures of the season.

    £75 including a glass of festive cheer with lunch (plus materials approximately £20)

  • *ADDITIONAL COURSE! TWO PLACES REMAINING*

    With Alma Swan Member of Exeter Letterers

    In this course, you will be introduced to various techniques for working with gold – flat and raised gilding using leaf and powder gold, burnishing, the use of gesso and other sizes to support the gold – combined with colour to produce beautiful gilded designs. Students can work on a design of their choice or one offered by the tutor. The finished designs will be suitable for framing, photographing for reproduction or for very special cards.

    £135 including a glass of festive cheer with lunch (plus materials at cost approximately £15)