Like November’s soap making session, I ran this class though York Learning and it’s one I’ve been looking forward to running since we booked it in. My learners arrived at Huntington School for 10.30 and I started the session with demonstrations and by talking everyone through what materials and ingredients we’d be using. I handed everyone their recipe book, a wee handout with instructions and guidelines for the five botanical soaps that they’d be creating throughout the day.
Today’s workshop was another festive one, it was a Christmas Decoration Making session. I’ve been really looking forward to running this session and I arrived in Knit and Stitch really early to set up the materials, lay out each person’s kit for the day, put the mince pies and shortbread into wee bowls and arrange the examples I’d already made. Everyone arrived and once settled with teas and coffees, started planning which decoration to make first. I’d prepared sheets with te
Today’s class is another one run through City of York Council and we were in the same space as the Soap making class of a fortnight ago; a cookery room in Huntington School. Before my twelve learners arrived for the day I laid out each of their work spaces with moulds and equipment and arranged the central tables so that throughout the day folk could come to one spot to measure out and collect their waxes, wicks, fragrance chips and colour flakes for each candle. The five can
Today I ran another wet felt making course up in the lovely workshop space above Knit and Stitch. This week’s class was Wet Felting bowls, vases and vessels. This three dimensional way of working the fibres is one of my favourite felting techniques and teaching it is great fun too. Once everyone had decided whether to make a bowl or a vase and selected which colours they were going to use (this is one of the hardest bits, so many beautiful colours to choose from!) we started
Between now and Christmas I’m teaching a different workshop each weekend. This weekend’s class (Sat 12 November) was soap making. I ran it through City of York Council so they handled the bookings side of things and provided the teaching space, a cookery room in Huntington School. Every learner had a hob and work space. In each workspace I’d set out moulds and equipment and in the centre of the room I set up a station where everyone could come and collect their clear or opaqu
Yesterday I had the privilege of working with two year four classes at Knavesmire Primary School. The sessions were organised through Live Arts Now, a City of York Council initiative that links primary schools to a variety of artists in the area. The workshop that I’d put in this year’s brochure was one of my fave’s - clay sculpture. Before the session I’d chatted to the teachers to find out what their classes were working on and I could not have been more delighted, they wer