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 he took adult education classes studying Jewellery and Silversmithing. In 2005 he turned to a more formal education starting with a Diploma in Jewellery and Metalwork Design at Bournemouth and Poole College followed by 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 Clement’s original degree was in Ceramics at Loughborough School of Art where he developed a style of sculptural wheel thrown pottery that concentrated on the colour 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.
Rishir has been successfully running his leather goods business since 2014. He has always been inclined to work with his hands and is a firm believer that a creative outlet is food for the soul, that one should always put their heart and soul into anything they do and that learning should never stop and as such he continues to research techniques, develop and refine his skills.
Throughout his journey he frequently exhibits at craft fairs and engages with businesses and private clients alike to create one off items to bespoke specifications, using the highest quality of materials coupled with traditional leather working techniques. Special care and emphasis is given to each product where only the highest calibre leaves his workshop.
Rishir is a Leather smith who designs and creates products crafted from all kinds of leather. All items are born in my workshop where they begin their life as hand drawn sketches. All items are cut, dyed, stitched and finished by hand on a made to order basis which ensures the quality of workmanship is kept to an extremely high standard.
He is a firm believer that if something is to be done, it should be done properly, and as such he uses traditional methods and techniques when creating products, which means no machines – Everything is done by hand including the stitching, which on some products can take a considerable amount of time.
The next step in Rishir’s career is to share his love of leather and the skills related to creating beautiful objects out of leather.
Will Streule gained a BA(Hons) in Furniture Design and Craftsmanship in High Wycombe in 1994 and has been designing and making fitted and bespoke furniture ever since. Initially based in Cornwall, he now runs a small workshop near Thame producing bespoke furniture and specialist joinery items for architects and private clients. Will trained as a teacher in 2007 and headed up the Carpentry and Joinery department at Reading College, training apprentices and school leavers the skills needed for a career in construction with both Cskills and City and Guilds qualifications. He has also taught the more traditional Institute of Carpenters qualifications and was made a member of the IoC in 2008. Will is passionate about maintaining traditional art and craft skills and remains heavily involved in adult education both at Missenden Abbey and now at Wooburn Craft School, where he is delighted to have been invited to share this passion.
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.
Christine has been a teacher of chair seating and basket making 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.
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.
Heidi Ramsay is an Artist and Designer After completing a Foundation Course in Art & Design at Maidenhead Art College, Heidi completed a BA Hons Textile Design and Surface Decoration at
Middlesex University, graduating in 1988. Initially working as a Textlie and Print Designer Heidi then developed her skills working for Fashion Brands developing textile, graphic and fashion ranges.
She has lectured, teaching Textile & Fashion Design as well as setting up a Textile Department that was part of a multi-disciplined Art and Design course. Roles have included Design Manager and Product Developent Manager working within the Fashion Industry.
Heidi is now focusing on her love of painting and drawing, deciding to pursue a new
creative direction working towards new exhibitions of her portraits and landscapes
while sharing her passion and experience through workshops promoting the positive
power that creativity has on our mental and physical well-being.
Kat Lyons has studied under some of the worlds best tutors – David James in the UK and Laurentl Laine of Ecole Boulle in Paris. Once she completed her BA (Hons) degree in Restoration at Bucks New University, with a specialty in upholstery, she began a very successful business restoring upholstered furniture dealing with a wide variety of situations including foam, traditional hair every type of seat from simple drop in seats to very complex buttoned settees and even a few antique car seats. She loves all upholstery and her enthusiasm shows in her work and in her explaining the processes to others.
Phil has always been inclined towards wood work and hand skills. He graduated from Bucks New University with a degree in Furniture Restoration over 15 years ago and since that time he has started and successfully built a furniture restoration business. Most recently Phil has been honored by BAFRA as a fully accredited member demonstrating that Phil adheres to the high standards required of that organisation 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. Formerly, Phil headed up the wood working courses at The Wooburn Craft School where he designed a series of courses which together taught students most aspects of furniture making. All of this was 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.