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Simon Alderson - Artist & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Simon is a designer/maker specialising in stained and fused glass.  He creates bespoke, functional and decorative homeware as well as contemporary glass art pieces.

Following an evening class in Darlington Simon got the glass bug and never looked back and gained a degree in Glass and Ceramics at Sunderland University

Barbara Ash - Artist & Bristol Folk House Tutor

After leaving college Barbara Ash had a studio at Spike Island for many years before escaping to develop an exciting practice for 10 years in Bangalore, working on projects and shows around India. She is now based on a boat by the Bristol Channel looking out for cormorants, her favourite birds, while she creates her sculptures, paintings, and prints. Barbara graduated with a Master's degree at the Royal College of Art in Sculpture and in tandem with her art practice she has been a freelance educator for around 20 years. 


Barbara is a part-time tutor at Bristol School of Art and
started teaching at Bristol  Folk House in 2019 delivering Creative wire sculpture and Mixed media sculpture workshops.

Jane Canning - Potter & ex-student of Bristol Folk House

Steve Carter - Potter & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Steve Carter has been a potter since 1984 and a teacher at Bristol Folk House since 2008

"I've been very fortunate in being able to both teach and develop a workshop practice at home - in reality, a back-garden lean-to and a kiln shed! For me, the confluence of urban "wild" life in St Werburghs - the latter brought into the city via a green corridor to the City Farm - has had much to do with functional 'slipware' pottery that I make.  Wheel-thrown terracotta is given surface colour and decoration via what is do-able by me with liquid clays otherwise called clips.  Glazes then need to have a see-through property that can enhance that fluidity and movement.  I do enjoy all the messy 'husbandry' of the pottery process; recycling and mixing clays and making slips and glazes from raw materials - to my own recipes.  My aim - through these things - is to set off a 'companionable quality'  in the finished pieces!" Steve Carter

Liz Cashdan - Poet/Writer & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Liz Cashdan is a poet who has been living in Bristol since 2017 which is when she started teaching at Bristol Folk House.  She also teaches at the Open College of the Arts and the WEA.  Her first shared poetry book was Troublesome Cattle which came out in 1995 and in The Mariner's Tale, told the story of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his wife Sarah who was born in Bristol, and how the story of the Ancient Mariner was probably based on Fletcher Christian, Captain Bligh and the Mutiny on the Bounty

Then came Liz's booklet on walking round Mont Blanc, Almost Like Talking, and her first collection Laughing All the Way (out of print).  These were followed by Dear Mary, letters to Mary Wollstonecraft as Liz footstepped her round Scandinvia (1996)  The Same Country (2006) 


In 2008 Liz had a residency in Iceland and out of that experience came Iceland Stories (2012) with digital images by Pat Hodson. In 2015 she wrote a sequence of poems, Sarah Simpson's Story about a Sheffield lass who got caught up in the events of the civil war in the USA and in which the SS Great Britain figures as an important aspect affecting Sarah's life 


Liz's  most recent collection is Things of Substance: new and selected poems (Five Leaves 2013).  Since then as a member of the Bristol Stanza poetry group she has had poems in  their
anthology, Calyx (2019)

Andy T S Cowell - Poet and former student of Jane Reece (tutor)

Andy spent most of his adult life working in business but, with a background in art and music, continued his creative output.  

Having to care for two young children, he lost his job and had time to develop his poetry and writing.  Andy hails from Manchester, studied in Liverpool, then moved to Bristol where he lives.

He loves the unique blend of being close to two vibrant cities (Bristol and Bath) and a rural environment all around to explore

Margaret Crump - Potter and Bristol Folk House Tutor

Margaret has had many years' experience teaching ceramics at GCSE and A level as well as in adult education. She is keen to equip beginners with a broad range of skills in hand-building, modelling and using the potter's wheel. With more experienced students she encourages both improvement in skills and opportunities to develop individual projects.

Her classes, which have an atmosphere of disciplined learning as well as friendly conversation, often leave students wondering why the end of the lesson has come so quickly.

Margaret also offers an introductory course in sewing, in which students learn the fundamentals of hand and machine sewing and make basic items and garments.



Nicki Davey & Lauren Goodey - Writer and Artist

Nicki started her career in training by teaching life skills to people coming out of institutions such as prison and psychiatric hospital and discovered she had a flair for helping people to learn, develop and grow.  Over 25 years later, she designs and delivers leadership, management, and interpersonal and communication skills to companies across the UK and beyond. Nicki believes that we all perform best when our mind is free, our body relaxed, and our creative potential unlocked. She draws inspiration from nature, the creative arts, and holistic/spiritual practices to create powerful, memorable, transformative learning experiences, and uses findings from neuroscience and psychology to generate faster, deeper, more memorable learning which learners put into practice.

Kerry Day - Artist & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Originally from London, Kerry trained as a Ceramicist at Bath Spa University and now live and work in Bristol. In 2011 Kerry completed an MA in Multi Disciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England and is now based in her studio at Pennywell Studios, Bristol.

Kerry's work is about the plants that she shares her home and studio with. Kerry is drawn to their architectural shapes and contours. The wide range of leaf colour and pattern in these cacti, succulents and leafy plants allow her to develop layers of texture and tone within the forms. Kerry uses a mixture of reduction lino print and mono print (using the rollers like brushes) to produce variable limited edition prints.


Kerry also uses Lino to create slab built ceramics.

Catherine Dunstan - Artist & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Catherine's specific area of interest is pattern-making and combining kiln-formed techniques with hot glass processes

Catherine has been teaching since 2013 including teaching her Colour Blooming Masterclass internationally

Suzanne Elson - Artist

Suzanne is an artist and botanist working in Bristol and the surrounding countryside.  She creates detailed graphite portraits of local trees spending many hours with each tree, often drawing it over several months, observing it in all seasons and lights.

Suzanne seeks to raise awareness of our wonderful local woodlands and their ecologically precious ancient trees. She aims to capture the energy in a tree’s form and to evoke the sense of wonder, inspiration and solace that these local trees can offer. 


Samantha Forrest - Visual Artist and Writer

Samantha creates uplifting, vivid images and Word Art using mixed media and oil paint.  Samantha has been teaching Creative Writing at the Bristol Folk House since September 2020. Whilst highly informative and practical, her sessions are lively and fun.  Encouraging curiosity and playfulness, she often takes reference from nature and art to inspire, provoke and raise awareness of the senses. 

Rosalind Glennie - Artist

Zoe Hewett - Award Winning Interior Designer, Tutor who has appeared on BBC's "My Unique B & B"

Frankie Hudson - Artist & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Frankie has been making mosaic tables and panels – and coasters, clocks, paperweights, trivets, house names and signs, numbers, etc since approx 2007, it began by accident and Frankie has been experimenting ever since.

Having joined her very first art classes (life drawing) at Filton Art College  Bristol in 2001, she concentrated on drawing and painting then found Martin Lovell’s watercolour art classes at the Folk House about 10 years later and hasn't looked back!

Five years into Frankie's new passion, she came across the reject heap behind a tile factory in Briare, a little town in central France, where there were rich and free pickings for enthusiasts; it all developed from there. 

Inspiration for paintings and mosaic designs is broad; nature: trees, plants, landscapes; people, animals: sheep, birds, pets.  

Frankie runs short mosaic courses for beginners, and Saturday workshops at Bristol Folk House.  Frankie exhibits where and when she can in the UK and in France, and is happy to take commissions.

All my materials are water and frost resistant meaning tables and panels etc. are all suitable for the garden as well as in the house.  Like anything else, though, they are subject to frost damage and should be suitably protected – put under cover or taken indoors – when the temperature sinks below zero.

Frankie Hudson has been running mosaic workshops at Bristol Folk House since 2015  and making mosaics in her 'retirement' for about 10 years prior to that.  Frankie has been a teacher all her life (including European languages and students with special needs) as well as a Counsellor

Lisa Malyon - Artist & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Lisa Malyon is an artist, creative coach and tutor at Bristol Folk House. Lisa specialises in a contemporary drawing and painting style depicting buildings and structures in Bristol and beyond. Lisa also draws directly onto lampshades and has recently started teaching workshops on how this is done.


Recognising that Social Media plays a vital part in marketing a product or service Lisa regularly promotes her art practice online. In her workshops, Lisa discusses which platforms to consider in order to reach your preferred audience and make it enjoyable and manageable.  Lisa has had many success stories when using social media including winning competitions and receiving customer commissions and can demonstrate the important role it plays as a promotional tool. ​

Sophie Rae - Artist & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Sophie Rae has been teaching her printmaking workshops at the Folk House since 2014. She shares with the students a fun and unique process, which she uses to create her own work and respond to client briefs, as an Illustrator and printmaker. She developed this technique whilst doing her degree in Illustration at The Arts University Bournemouth. It’s a playful process with quick results, with an emphasis on bold shapes and translucent layers of colour and texture.


Sophie facilitates workshops, teaching her technique at schools, colleges, and with the community across a variety of projects. In 2016 she completed a large-scale mural on Church Road. This involved hosting a number of community workshops to gather ideas for the design, in which Sophie used her printmaking skills.


Sophie also spent a memorable month as an artist-in-residence at Chhaap Printmaking studios in India. Following a three-month trip around the country to gather inspiration for a body of work. 

Karen Reilly - Wedding Dress Designer & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Karen Reilly has been a Wedding Dress Designer since 1988 running a shop from Christmas Steps.  Karen as been teaching at the Folk House since 2010

She also runs a ‘Bag In A Day’ class and the popular Sewing Surgery class where she hopefully solves all your sewing related troubles.

Bridget Ruinet -Artist

This is the full embroidery kit for an "Ode to the wallpaper" design. It contains all the materials and equipment you'll need (except for scissors as everyone seems to have them!), stitch glossary, traceable pattern outline, top tips about preparing your fabric and threads, and gives you clear, illustrated instructions for every stage of the embroidery. It's ideal for someone of an intermediate ability level or a confident beginner looking to develop their skills further.

Warren Sealey - Artist & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Warren Sealey studied drawing and painting in Florence Italy for four years, where he learnt old master techniques. These days he spends a lot of his working time teaching as well painting for exhibitions and commissions.

Sophie Sherwood - Artist & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Sophie Sherwood is a visual artist and Folk House tutor specialising in photochemical techniques. She looks after the Folk House Darkroom and runs courses in alternative photography methods such as cyanotypes and chemigrams. 

Rachel Shrieves - Jewellery Designer & ex student at Bristol Folk House

Peter Webb - Photographer & Bristol Folk House Tutor

Based in Bristol and working from his studio at The Island, Peter Webb works predominantly with traditional and alternative photographic techniques. Graduating with a BA in Photography from The Arts University Bournemouth, he has since exhibited his work, given talks, and run workshops in the UK and China.


His main body of work investigates the relationship between fabricated worlds, landscape, and space exploration. Producing an on-going series such as Asteroid, Horizon, and Unclassified Moon, he prints using the Chemigram process to create unique, hand printed images of fictional places.