Master Class training aims to:
- increase the quality, professionalism, range, and target group, of our retail portfolio, designed and made by members
- increase the skills base of Project Group members
- develop opportunities for self-employment and potential apprenticeships for members
Internationally known artist John Merrill led a workshop introducing the Project Group to woodcarving, using sections of a felled ash tree. This was the first step to the group designing a free standing sculpture for the Four Rivers Nursing Home in Ludlow, as part of the one of the Shropshire community building commissions.
Dry Point Printing with Amy Sterly
We have been fortunate to welcome American artist Amy Sterly to our studio. She introduced us to dry point printing, an exciting technique to create quick, small scale, limited edition, prints. The workshop with Amy was a real success with our members and the immediate results we created were perfect to keep individuals interested and focused. Amy is a great teacher, who is very generous with her time and knowledge and managed to instill her enthusiasm for the technique in us all. We were excited that she agreed to come back for a second workshop. In this session we focused on the creation of greeting cards.
Working with recycled materials: textiles and glass
In January 2010 we secured a grant from SCRL (Shropshire Community Recycling Ltd) to develop the use of recycled materials and design products that may be suitable for retail. We were able to invite 2 international artists to help us work with recycled materials to design and make handbags and to work with recycled glass. Working with Nuria Gambau on handbags, and Jude Stoll on glass, was very inspiring for all concerned and left us with a lot of interesting and exciting ideas which we are now developing.
Master Classes with top UK artists in textiles, ceramics, metal work and plastics
The Project Group secured funding from the European Regenerating Communities Action Plan to develop and implement a Master Class Training Programme with nationally acclaimed artists.
Project Group members learned new skills in blacksmithing, creative use of the sewing machine, ceramics, and plastics: