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,…

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…

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…

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,…

Ginn Downes
Ginn's Creative Workshops and School of Sewing

  I have been sewing, creating textile and art pieces all my life and strongly believe that “creativity feeds the soul”. I am passionate that everyone should be given the opportunity to discover their own creative potential, whether it is through sewing, textiles or art. I was trained in Fashion and Textiles and over the past 30 years, I have been fortunate to teach students of a wide age range. After running the Textiles Department at Hereford…

Jane Meredith
Dyeing, Spinning & Weaving

Learn how to dye wool and fabric with natural dyes made from plants that grow in my garden and surrounds on the banks of the River Wye, Herefordshire, UK. I teach most things to do with wool, as well as selling Brinkley looms and peg looms -and sometimes coloured wool and fleeces. I have been learning about wool, starting with a spinning wheel, since about 25 years ago, and have been running workshops for the last 10 years. I have some items for sale on…

Glenn Morris
Stone carving

I run stone carving courses from my fully equipped studio set in the beautiful Welsh hills near Hay-on-Wye. I offer courses from beginner to intermediate – these range from 2 to 5 days and I also offer taster days at a special rate. Students are encouraged to achieve their personal aspirations and are trained in the use of tools, types of stone and techniques under careful guidance, thus allowing them to realise their full potential. I have a…

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…

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…

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…