An essential aspect of my practice is to pass on skills and experience through teaching and workshops. During shorter workshops, I will often use purposefully simple tools and hand production techniques, to allow participants to be creative with the tools and techniques whilst still learning a skill. I encourage people to value and take pleasure out of the experience of working with tools and and exploring their own and the materials’ creative possibilities. 

I have also worked within art education teaching practical Jewellery classes and Art and Design to Children, Adults, College groups and Community groups for the last 8 years. 

Photographs below from a selection of workshops 

Elements Festival with OYAP Trust, May 2012 

The finished panels- ready to mark out the sculpture trail at Hill-End

Hats off to the group of 13-19 year olds who braved the rain and mud to have a go at repousse!  They created some fantastic copper panels, each incorporating an image from their discoveries at Hill-End The panels will be attached to wooden posts to leave small markers around the site.

Works in progress

Annealing the copper

All squeezed under our very cozy shelter!

 A finished tile after oxidising

Enameling workshop with Yr 6 school leavers, Summer 2011

Over the Summer of 2011 I was again involved in running workshops for key stage 2 school groups at Cogges Manor Farm Trust. I spent a few days working with various school and the local home education group, looking at past and present, real and imagined stories, images and objects from Cogges; drawing in charcoal and wire to create embossings and rubbings. This year the work created by the children (and parents/teachers) during the workshops led to me make a series of copper plates which have been installed as a rubbing trail around the moat area of the site.

The Trail

The plates in progess

The nine smaller plates

  Cogges Manor Farm


The Bread Oven

Home Education/Schools workshops, Cogges Manor Farm, Summer 2011

Professional Practice Workshop with MA students, Birmingham School of Jewellery, June 2011

Over 2 days students explored personal, cultural and group identities, skill-sharing and collaborative working techniques, culminating in a mini-exhibition.

Cogges Manor Farm/Creative Partnerships Workshops  Summer 2010

The aim of these workshops was to explore an aspect of the site and history of Cogges Manor farm, in Witney. After discovering the site of the oldest settlement at Cogges, I knew I had found the perfect spot for creating an outdoor workshop and making copper repousse pendants. The workshops were run over six days during the summer term with key stage 2 children from Oxfordshire schools.

The site of the moated castle

Fire for annealing

The finished pendants