Hi, I am a graduate of The Slade School, with a degree in Fine Art and a Masters from Wimbledon College of Art in Research Based Fine Art Practice. I cut my curatorial teeth on an internship at The Camden Art Gallery and, locally, on Arts Council funded projects for Sherborne House Arts. I have exhibited my own work widely and have pieces in private collections in the UK, USA and Australia.
I have lived in Dorset for the past 20 years and first met Isabel in 2003 when I had a solo show at the Guggleton.
More recentlly I finished a project funded by Dorset County Council, The Arts Council and the Dorset LEP which looked to scope out the possibilities of increasing the economy and amenity of the county via the Visual Arts, this led to a major award from the European Regional Development Fund and the establishment of The Arts Development Company.
Last year my charitable work as a member of Sherborne House Trust finally reached a pleasing conclusion with the purchase of the building by a newly established local arts trust; which will now over see its development into a major arts centre for the area. My search for a new studio space brought me back to Guggleton, and Isabel. I am very excited at the prospect of continuing with the work she has already done here. We have talked much about a developing vision for the space and how Guggleton can fit into the changing landscape of the arts in the region. We have plans to both expand and explore.
At its heart Guggleton has always been a place that welcomes family, friends and community, and all that is right up my street, literally!
Thank you for your support.
Carolyn Finch Corlett – Director/ CIC Secretary and Painting Tutor
Carolyn has painted professionally for 25 years. After moving to Dorset in 2007, she ran classes from her studio in Stourton Caundle, recently moving all classes to The Guggleton Farm Arts in Stalbridge in order to enjoy the fabulous workshop space.
Some members are experienced and well-established artists, who like to meet with others once a week to paint. Others are taking up painting for the first time or coming back to it after many years.
The groups are run so that everyone works at their own pace on their own chosen subject, the aim being, to raise confidence and increase knowledge of the various techniques useful in observational painting.
In Carolyn’s words: “Many people take up painting for relaxation, which is funny as I see varying levels of stress in the class, when things are not working out! One thing that is definite is that painting is all consuming. Life problems and stresses are pushed out completely from the mind during the creative process. There are very few things in modern life (not on prescription!) that can do that. There have been numerous times I have forgotten to pick up my children from school, because I have become so immersed in a painting. This complete escape, for me, is the reason to paint – not necessarily to produce a picture worthy of a frame at the end, but to feed the soul with the creative process and get a busy, over active mind completely absorbed in something pure.
An artist friend once asked how long I had been painting, and then after my reply asked, “…and how long since you started seeing”?I often think of this question when teaching. I find we all hesitate and falter at the same hurdles.
Much of what I teach is how to turn off the all-knowing part of the brain which dominates most of our interpretation of the world around us and turn on the part of the brain which interprets pure electrical impulses form the eyes. The classic left brain/right brain struggle. I teach how to truly see in observational painting; and varied techniques to achieve this. One simple trick is to turn the canvas and the reference upside down, the dominant brain then gives up and allows us to see our subject as it truly is’.
David study ceramics at Farnham College, now part of the University of the Arts London [UAL] and has many, many years of experience in both teaching and producing ceramics. He now bases his practice in the Guggleton yard and teaches courses to all levels of ability.
He can instruct in all things potty; from hand building to throwing, kiln building, stacking and loading, firing and unloading, glazes, Raku processes, charcoal firing, the history of the craft and much more. An avid ceramic collector himself he knows the pots and their makers first hand and can give you a crash [we hope not] course in the history of the craft too.
David is an accessible, experienced and extremely knowledgable tutor who has taught and run his own practice for over 30 years.
Bernie Hurn – Director and Shed Co-ordinator
Bernie is a local artist who has a passion for creating sculptural works with metal. This comes from his early childhood, growing up on a farm in Africa, where going to the shops for parts to fix equipment was not an option. He spent much of his childhood learning about the use of tools, different metals and how to fashion these into a variety of objects.
On relocating to the UK, he pursued a successful career in financial services but always returned home to find solace in his artistic work. Moving to Dorset helped him to decide to pursue his creative passion in the satisfying and therapeutic experience of shaping metal and hand crafting pieces whilst expressing his love for nature.
He is also passionate about reinvigorating artisan crafts and trades that have fallen into decline over the last decades, in particular welding and metal working skills as a qualified TiG welder.
This current work reflects memories of growing up in Africa, whilst highlighting the stark reality of a tragic decline in wildlife species and bio-diversity now occurring all around the world. Having been surrounded by amazing wildlife as well as a variety of farm animals he has got to know animal anatomy intimately and draws on this to capture the essence, the soul, of the animals using different techniques.
I grew up in rural North Germany and completed my Music Therapy degree in the beautiful Heidelberg in 1993. Music has always been my passion!
I had the great fortune to travel the world as an army wife and mother of my two teenage children for many years before settling down in the Somerset / Dorset border.
My interest in communication, art and medicine somehow led me to train as a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and also to start composing music more often. I love the whole artistic process of creating beautiful things that inspire and are exciting as a contrast to the ordinary. I adore being inspired by other people, what they do and how they show up and of course, by art.
I met Isabel de Pelet a long time ago and have always loved spending time with her. It has taken me a little longer to unleash my creativity in midlife and this is why I have self appointed myself as the MIdlife Rockstar Coach.
It is my wish to live an extraordinary life in my second half of life and to be of service to people who strive with focus and fun to live the greatest expression of themselves.
When creative people come together here at Guggleton it is my great pleasure to see everyone develop, grow and connect with themselves and others.
I contribute towards Guggleton with my time, offering workshops and offering NLP sessions. I am inspired by you, thank you!
Isabel has invested a large amount of time and no little energy in to ensuring that Guggleton still exists as a space for artists, makers and the community. Now, looking towards ensuring this continues, she has entrusted the continuation and development of the yard to Deanne Tremlett who, along with Krissy Lopes’ and Siska Redman’s input and help, will be managing its further development.
Colin Reed Director of Training and Development
Jon retired from an intense technical career at 51 and was adamant that he would do something very different in retirement. At school in the 80s he had many practical opportunities including access to the wood working shop for building stage sets; and significantly to two large lathes. This planted the seed for much home and garden DIY activity over the next 3 decades. Then in October 2018 when the chance to buy a new lathe arose, he took it with both hands.
The first bowl off the new lathe, made from ‘Spalted’ Beech with floating foot design was the start of a new life chapter. In September 2019, his exhibit: ‘Ascot Ladies Day’ in the Blandford Arts Festival caught the eye of the Gugg’s Artistic Director; which led to Jon being invited to provide a display in the Gugg shop’s ‘As the Crow Flies’ exhibition in November/December 2018; when he became a committee member, before being invited to be Director Operations in June 2020.
His workshop is a short crow’s flight away in Blandford, where he works with locally sourced wood. Over the last nineteen months, Jon’s sought out different designs and turners to hone his skills. As part of this process, he’s produced at least forty-eight different types of item, from napkin rings and wands, to poppy platters and hearts. Or to put it another way, that’s a new type of item every two weeks or less! Last year’s Christmas special was a set of 6 Chestnut Christmas Cracker Boxes with multi-centre handles.
Jon’s also a member of both the Dorset Coppice Group and the Dorset Woodturning Association. And last October turned a Poppy Platter for the Blandford Branch of the Royal British Legion, from the Holly tree that had to be cut down in their grounds. For Jon, it’s the nature of the wood that inspires him and sparks his imagination, allowing him to create such a wide variety items.