Thursday, 19 November 2015

Winter Wonderland Christmas Workshops at Artisan Studio

All abilities welcomed and supported at Artisan Studio

Nov 21st - Saturday
Hand Made Christmas
Polymer Clay workshop: Winter decorations
10 - 4pm
In this workshop we will make festive decorations with a Christmas theme.  Snowflake tree decorations will be made from polymer clay and mixed media.  Miniature winter village houses that can be lit with battery tealights will be constructed from polymer clay and mixed media in this fun and lighthearted workshop. 
No previous experience with polymer clay is needed.
All materials will be provided hence the higher charge for this workshop.
Tutor is Kerrie Veneer

November Sunday 22nd 

Hand Made Christmas
10 - 1 - Christmas Bottles and Jars
Create gorgeous candle holders for gifts for your table using chalk paint and decoupage
Tracey Jane Gore

November Sunday 22nd 

Hand Made Christmas
2-5pm Christmas Costers and Candles
Create gorgeous Candles and Coasters for gifts or your table.
Tracey Jane Gore

Nov 28th Saturday

Dorset Buttons - High Tops
10 -12pm Please note the new time
Tutor is Anna McDowell
Anna was commissioned to create the buttons for Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan)dresses in the latest adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd. Using original methods Anna combines contemporary materials and designs to help keep the tradition of Dorset Buttons alive. 

Like many cottage industry crafts and skills the exact method of making High Top buttons has been lost in time. Dedicated researchers have discovered from dismantling an original button how they were assembled and the materials used.  Using this information and the results of her own research and experiments Anna McDowell is leading an afternoon workshop on these intricate thread buttons designed to show how they were made and used. It will also to give you the opportunity to try your hand at making these buttons using contemporary materials.

Nov 28th Saturday

Hand Made Christmas
Crochet - Christmas decorations
Tutor Lerryn Gray

Nov 29th

Sunday 10 - 4 pm, 
Hand-stitched Embroidery- step-by-step workshops : texture in embroidery. Gold work: couching, laid work, gold basket-work.  Dates back to Biblical times, important in religious and royal embroidery.
£42 per workshop
The tutor, Liz Thomas, is an experienced teacher, textile artist and is passionate about embroidery.  She has a BA Hons in Textiles/ Fashion, specialising in Embroidery, studying under Constance Howard and Christine Risley.

6th Dec  Sunday
Beginners Acrylic Painting, seasonal theme
10 - 1
£25- please bring your own paints, everything else provided
Tutor is Jeneta Bird
In this beginners workshop you will explore the qualities of acrylic paints and learn about materials, blending colours and composition.
All abilities very welcome. 

12th Dec Saturday
Xmas Wreath Making workshop
8 places
Tutor is Sharyn Oliver
We will bring lots of foliage but it would be useful if you can bring anything interesting and unusual you can find just so we have a good variety to choose from.

Suggestions are:
herbs - rosemary, sage and bay are still around over the winter
pine cones and seed heads
cinnamon sticks etc.

We will provide Oasis, wires, baubles, bells, dried orange slices, fir cones, ribbons and lace.
Please have a think about your colour scheme or theme.
Please bring a candle if you would like to use your wreath as a table decoration.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Artisan to become a charity

We are in the process of setting up as a charity.

This will allow us to accept financial donations, give us improved security and longevity, give us tax relief, allow us to apply for funding and grants, all of which will allow us to offer more to the public, find larger better premises and continue to be sustainable long term.

We are looking for 3 Trustees.
For more information about what is involved please see:

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