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.
If Sally could give each person who comes to her workshop one thing, it would be to go home excited about being creative; along with the skills to do some craft work.
Crafting in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere is relaxing and enjoyable; and in small group workshops, you can connect with a community of like-minded people and make new friends.
Connecting, or reconnecting, with your creativity helps relieve stress, gives you freedom of expression, makes you more resourceful, leads you towards authenticity and self-awareness, teaches you problem-solving, can save you money, and you can make thoughtful gifts for family and friends.
Using your hands to ‘make’ connects your mind, body, and spirit in activity which, when you are ‘in the zone’ where time seems to stand still and nothing else matters, is almost meditative.
Come on your own, with family members, or bring your friends. Some workshops are for adults and on some we can welcome teens – and in the school holidays please look out for craft activity sessions which are suitable for younger children too.
Sally has been a photographer and filmmaker for nearly two decades. She began crafting by lino cutting from her own photos in order to make hand printed cards and wall art, then she tried felting the images to make pictures, then mosaic designs… and, as she had already been teaching photography group workshops [by then for 8 years], in June 2018 she opened Craft Workshops to encourage people to start being creative, or to revive their crafting interest, and to join with like-minded crafters in learning, sharing skills, and encouraging one another with their creative skills.
Carolyn Finch Corlett
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 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.