All Members

Nicola Hopwood
Stained Glass Artist

Nicky is an experienced stained glass artist and tutor. She has designed and made windows for public buildings and private houses across the country in a contemporary, organic style. In addition to several years regular teaching at the School of Art & Design, Bristol and Herefordshire College of Art & Design, she has run many lively and intensive short courses. Recent commissions include windows for St Mary’s Church, Newent, Gloucestershire,…

Bill Robson
Glass Fusing

Every morning I’m welcomed by a stream of colours – dancing reflections beaming through my living room from a modest stained glass panel – enough in itself, also a starting point for this versatile material which by the use of the warm glass method of kiln fusing and slumping can be changed in shape, colour and texture. Bill belongs and exhibits his bowls, panels and dichroic jewellery with the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen…

Jenny Pearce
Willow Basketmaker

Originally from Dublin and now living in rural Herefordshire, I have been a basketmaker for over 20 years, learning my craft mostly in the West of Ireland, but also from expert basketmakers in England and France. Working mostly with unstripped willow, with its variety of texture and colour, I like to borrow from traditional Celtic and English Regional styles to develop more contemporary designs.  Texture is very important in my work.  I am inspired by…

Rowan McOnegal – Woodblock
Japanese Woodblock Printmaking (Mokuhanga)

I trained in fine art ( BA in painting and printmaking) at Bath Academy of Art, and  have travelled back to printmaking via working as a photographer for 10 years, a stained glass artist for 20 more, and also as a medical herbalist (see my herbal course on this site). I was drawn to study Japanese woodblock printmaking (Mokuhanga) as I love the special ‘watercolour’ qualities of Japanese prints created by the water based paints, and the fact…

James Wood
Porcelain Pottery

James has a background of working with individuals and community groups and makesthrown porcelain everyday vessels and conceptual pieces. These are inspired by his therapeutic work the interplay between people and their environment and everyday experiences. The value of any thrown vessel is the space on the inside, because it is this space that dictates the outside form to be a canvas for decoration and artistic expression. He prefers to explore the…

Lucy Brodie
Upholstery

From her home in Whitbourne Lucy offers beginners courses where both traditional and modern upholstery techniques and their uses are covered. She will help you strip your piece of furniture and build it back up to a fully upholstered masterpiece for you to take home and be proud of. Lucy holds a qualification with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers. She frequently carries out reupholstery commissions as well as new projects for her…

Rowan McOnegal – Herbal medicine making
Herbal medicine making and the art of natural perfumery

I have always been passionate about plants. I advocate the living tradition of herbal medicine through teaching practical courses, writing and lecturing. I aim to raise awareness of environmental issues, to teach people about the qualities of common, easily found plants to make simple remedies, thus empowering people to look after themselves and to nurture and value their environment – to care for the soil. Having studied herbal medicine at the School…

Jenni Stuart-Anderson
Rag Rug Making

Before moving to Herefordshire Jenni Stuart-Anderson worked as a freelance designer and lecturer at a London art college. Since 1987 she has taught rag rug making in England and Wales passing on traditional techniques of Hooking, Progging and Plaiting (Braiding). In her work she combines techniques in traditional or contemporary designs for rugs, hangings and 3 dimensional works which she has exhibited widely. With work in private collections in America,…

Pearl Taylor
Felt-making with botanical dyeing and eco-printing

Pearl Taylor an artisan felt-maker and botanical printmaker and dyer. Small courses held on a Welsh Borderlands farm – 10 miles from Hay-on-Wye.  Individualised courses my speciality integrating design with purpose made prefelts to take the fear out of balancing colours and shapes. Botanical dyeing can be integrated with felted products or taught as a standalone natural fabric print workshop using hedgerow plants. Do drop me an email to…

Marianne Ryan
All kinds of painting and drawing

I’m a passionate believer in the traditional skills of drawing and painting, and I like to encourage students to ‘do their own thing’, whether they are beginners or old hands. My classes are lively and informative, with plenty of demonstration and lots of opportunity for you to experiment, learning or practising all sorts of ‘tricks of the trade’. I also believe that art is really something to take pleasure in – so whether it’s…