Lilian Shaw was brought up in East Sussex, after a Pre B.A Foundation in Arts in Hastings she completed a B.A Hons in Fine Art Painting at the Wimbledon School Of Art. In the evenings she was attending stained glass courses taught by Sarianne Durie. In 1984 an old fashioned apprenticeship with Paul Quail took her to Norfolk. Whilst she continued as his technician for 20 years, working in his studio on church commissions and repairs, she also established her own practice.
She has taught for Norfolk Adult Education, Museum Services, in Schools, Youth groups and for various independant educational centres.
Throughout she has continued to paint and regularly exhibits her pastels, teaching at Waterperry Gardens and she has taught for Art in Action for many years.
Grant has been studying jewellery making since 1988 at first through adult education classes on an informal basis studying Jewellery and silversmithing but then in 2005 that he turned to a more formal education in Jewellery and metalwork design starting with a Diploma in Jewellery and Metalwork design at Bournemouth and Poole College and then a BA (Hons) in product design at Bucks New University in 2017. Since that time Grant has run his own successful studio and has been first a part time instructor then an associate lecturer.
Simon Clements original degree was in ceramics at Loughborough School of Art where he developed a style of sculptural wheel thrown pottery that concentrated on the coluor and texture of fired clay rather than glazes. This interest in the inherent nature of material has remained a constant theme through all his work.
After a period as a self employed potter and teacher Simon found himself working in the wood working industry as a mast and spar maker for classic wooden boats. He took a two year sabbatical from masts and spars to do a Post Graduate course in Historic Wood Carving and from there developed a career in sculptural wood carving.
He now works from his workshop at the Sylva Woodcentre in Oxfordshire and specialises in large-scale carvings in wood often as intrepretive sculpture for public works. His current project is a prestigious commission from the Woodland Trust to carve 11 interpretive columns in Oak to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Woodland Charter; these 1.5 ton oak posts are being placed at specially chosen sites across the United Kingdom.
Simon also runs carving courses and tuition for individual carving projects from his workshop.
Ernest has studied with the leading woodcarvers in England and in France at l’Ecole Boulle. His passion is primarily focused on carving that is in the support of restoration of furniture but he is equally inspired by carving in support of artistic endeavours.
While most of his work has been with pre-18th century pieces, he has worked in a number of different styles from Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Baroque and Neo Classical, as well as modern pieces.
Ernest is active in the furniture and wood section of ICON (the Institute of Conservation). He has taught Wood Carving at both Bucks New University in High Wycombe and at Lyon’s Restoration guiding students to produce a variety of creative objects from a simple leaf, to a totem pole to abstract objects in plywood to horses and the list goes on. He is the Head of the Wooburn Craft School as well as working on the Wallace Collection in London.
Karen has recently moved to the Bucks/Berks area having taught mosaic art in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire over the past 12 years. She has also worked in schools and produced commercial mosaic work.
Karen agrees with the school’s philosophy that everyone needs a creative outlet. Although her first career of nursing (also midwifery and health education) would seem unrelated to art, she has spent the last few years working on ‘arts and health’ projects. In addition to the creation of objects of beauty, the benefits (for people’s well-being) of ‘doing’ art/craft have been studied and proven so she considers teaching mosaics as another way to help people. So she is thrilled to be part of this journey for her students.
Her approach to teaching is to provide information and good instruction but also a space of safety and nurturing to allow people to grow in confidence.
Christine has been a teacher of chair seating and basketmaking for more than twenty years and is a full-time practitioner of these crafts. She learnt cane and rush seating under the supervision of Joy Viall at Missenden Abbey, and has taught for Adult Education Colleges and a variety of independent education organisations. She has worked as an associate lecturer at Bucks New University. She is particularly interested in the therapeutic value of practical crafts and the vital importance of continuing traditional skills.
Pierre-Alain currently teaches restoration at l’Ecole Boulle in Paris. He has a very impressive CV showing his work spanning over 20 years and including many of the greatest museums in France; restoring and conserving very important decorative objects. A partial listing of his prior clients include:
As well as The Wallace Collection here in England as well as many private clients. He has been employed at the workshops of Simon Pierre Etienne and for Societe Steinitz where he restored pieces produced by David Roentgen, Andre Charles Boulle, Carlin Martin among others.
A pyrographic artist specialising in wildlife, equestrian, floral, and pictorial subjects, portrayed on British hardwood paperweights, pomanders, bowls and plaques. Also works on paper. Susan is recognized as a true artist as she is a full member of The Society of Women Artists, Ltd.
In addition to having a very productive practice as a practitioner, Susan has been very active in the academic side of this wonderful art by presenting at conferences and writing articles. Her focus has been on how to preserve historical pieces. However, she has also written very practical pieces for such publications as Popular Crafts (1989).
The instructor, Laurent Lainé, former head tutor at the leading school of furniture related skills – l’Ecole Boulle in Paris. He currently teaches design at there and works for many of the leading museums in France including Versailles and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
We are very pleased to have Greg Cupitt-Jones on board as both an advisor to the school and as a Principal Tutor. Greg has been running a very successful upholstery business in a small rural workshop in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire for over 24 years – the Cottage Upholstery.
Greg is also an active member of the Guild of Traditional Upholsters, The Worshipful Company of Upholders and the Association of Master Upholsters and he has worked for many of the local historic homes including work for the Royal Family.
While Greg specialises in traditional approaches from the 17th and 18th Century, he is well versed in more modern approaches.
Greg has taught at Bucks New University in High Wycombe and at the City of Oxford College as part of the National School for Furniture. Greg has a great deal of enthusiasm for his craft which shows in his desire to help his students to achieve the best that they possibly can.
Paul Tear has over 40 years of furniture making/restoration experience.
Beginning as an apprentice, Paul became enthused about the restoration process and soon worked his way up to head conservator for The Wallace Collection where his focus was on 18th Century French furniture.
After leaving The Wallace Collection, Paul turned his attention to teaching others his prized skills. He immediately took on the responsibilities as head tutor of the BA course in Furniture Conservation at Bucks New University in High Wycombe – the centre for furniture making in England. He has continued his support for preserving English heritage through his work for several local landmarks including The Wilton House, St. Mary’s Church in Beaconsfield and Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury.
We are please to have Paul as a Principal Tutor at Wooburn Craft School Ltd. where he will teach our Saturday short courses in Furniture Restoration, helping students turn their family heirlooms into prized possessions they can be proud to display and use. Paul’s extensive experience shows in all the ‘tricks’ that he can pass on to his students.
Phil has always been inclined towards wood work and hand skills. He graduated from Bucks New University over ten years ago and since that time he has started and successfully built a furniture restoration business. During that time he has made a concerted effort to study all the different ways that furniture is made. Some of his specialties are frame and chair construction, marquetry, gilding, among other areas. He has designed a series of courses which together will teach students most aspects of furniture making. All of this will be in context of making several beautiful objects including a small box and a Windsor chair.
In her role as tutor at Bucks New University, Candace has, in her 34 years teaching, inspired many of her students to win major design awards including Goldsmiths and Pewterers. Candace has experience in all of the basic areas of Jewellery Making. In addition to teaching the primary course at Bucks New University, Candace has taught many evening and short classes. Candace has designed a special course for Wooburn Craft School, Ltd taking students from those with no experience to making several basic items (a bracelet, a ring and a pendent/charm). Although she will remain open to customizing the course for those with some experience.