Tutor Information
All of our tutors are professional artists providing excellent teaching and guidance.
David Chandler  
David Chandler - Tutor: Drawing
David Chandler is a professional artist who has been teaching adults for more than ten years, at home and in France, Italy and Switzerland. He has demonstrated for art societies throughout the Southwest, taught at Dillington House and lectured for the A & I in London. He has appeared on Channel 4 and ITV, is the writer and presenter of two DVD tutorials on water colour and presents a regular programme on the visual arts for Frome FM.
Last year, he won the Bax Fine Art Award at the Black Swan Arts Open Competition in Frome and staged a one-man show there, featuring one hundred canvases painted in six months.
Web: www.davidchandler.net
Shane Whitehead  
Shane Whitehead - Tutor: Bronze Casting
After studying Art and Design at college, Shane Whitehead then trained in Furniture Design and Construction. Spurred on by his interest in decorative arts and sculpture he moved into 2D graphic work. Using some of his highly ornate and intricate patterns, Shane transferred these ideas into jewellery making, producing bronze, silver and gold pieces, which are exhibited in various galleries across the UK. In turn this has created an interest in working with metals and sculpture.
For the last four years he has managed a bronze foundry in Shepton Mallet, whilst also sculpting and casting his own work in bronze.
Web: artofafinenature.wordpress.com
Nick Inns  
Nick Inns - Tutor: Ceramics
Nick Inns studied ceramics at Bath Academy of Arts 1986 - 1989, where he concentrated on developing his throwing and handbuilding skills. He is now an experienced maker of thrown garden pottery and slip decorated earthenware, specialising in marbling techniques.His work sells at a variety of outlets, including crafts and ceramic galleries, the National Trust, and specialist nurseries. He also takes individual commissions.
His work sells at a variety of outlets, including crafts and ceramic galleries, the National Trust, and specialist nurseries. He also takes individual commissions.
Nick teaches part time in ceramics for children and the disadvantaged.
photo: Anthony Griffiths  
Anthony Griffiths - Tutor: Wood / Sculpture
Anthony Griffiths is a wood sculptor and commercial wood-carver with wide experience in life modelling and life-size figure carving.
His work has been exhibited at the Beaux Arts gallery in Bath and in Gloucester Cathedral. He has also fulfilled commissions for the Houses of Parliament, Conock Manor, Devises, and for Highgrove, where he has created a pair of carved benches for HRH the Prince of Wales.
Web: www.oldschoolcarving.co.uk
David Brown  
David Brown - Tutor: Letter Cutting
David Brown is a letter-cutter working in Somerton.
His work includes inscriptions, memorials, plaques and name-plates, but he specialises in commissioned stone sundials. He has won awards for his work from the Salisbury Civic Society and from The British Sundial Society of which he is a founder member.

David is a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen. www.DavidBrownSundials.com

Jane Hamilton  
Jane Hamilton - Tutor: Portrait Sculpture
Jane Hamilton studied sculpture at Falmouth Art School and then at City and Guilds School of Art in London, later going on to study part-time at the Sir John Cass School in London. She has been exhibiting sculpture professionally from 1979. The bulk of her work during the last 15 years has been commissioned portraits. She also holds classes at her studio in Oxfordshire
The bulk of her work during the last 15 years has been commissioned portraits. She also holds classes at her studio in Oxfordshire.
Andy Southwell  
Andy Southwell - Tutor: Willow Work
Andy Southwell is a professional basket maker and experienced workshop tutor. Previously an art school graduate and teacher, he now works making traditional baskets using willow from the somerset levels and different coloured home grown willow varieties.
He likes to experiment with willow and other related materials.
KT Yun  
KT Yun - Tutor: Glassblowing
KT Yun was born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, near Loch Ness. From an early age her fascination for nature and a love of drawing began the analysis of how plants, animals and insects were designed and constructed.
Since discovering the amazing possibilities of glassmaking during her degree course at Farnham, KT has attempted to transfer her drawings into the third dimension using blown and solid hot sculpted glass. Most of the components are made separately, kept hot in a small kiln then attached to a body or bowl, using hot glass as “glue”. This process is exciting and risky, adding elements of both to the final piece.
KT has taught hot glass skills and designed for industry and now works as an independent glass artist, exhibiting internationally and working on commissions.
Web: www.glassgenie.co.uk
Helga Watkins Baker  
Helga Watkins-Baker - Tutor: Stained Glass
Helga Watkins-Baker is a practising glass artist and has been teaching for twelve years. She trained in architectural stained glass in Bristol, undertook postgraduate studies in kiln techniques for glass at Central St. Martin’s College, London, and an MA in Glass at Wolverhampton, specialising in kiln forming. She was awarded South West Arts’ annual Craft award in 1998 and the Worshipful Company of Glaziers’ award for research into architectural glass in America. She has completed numerous private commissions as well as two centenary windows for the United Reformed Church in Bath. She installed a large glass installation for a new hospital in Frome, Somerset, commissioned by the NHS in 2008. She has most recently written a major new title on kiln techniques for glass entitled Kiln Forming Glass.
Mike McElya  
Mike McElya - Tutor: Drumming
Mike McElya, originally from Chicago, founded the Sunshine Drumming Company in 1994. He has studied with African drum masters from Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. Mike has a lifelong background in theatre. Over the years Mike has mastered the ability to combine professionalism and fun, earning him the reputation as one of the most innovative rhythm workshop leaders in the country.
Web: www.sunshinedrumming.co.uk
Tom Kenrick  
Tom Kenrick - Tutor: Stone Carving
Tom Kenrick is a stone sculptor based in Castle Cary. After qualifying with an HND in Stone carving and Masonry from Weymouth College in 2002, he attended Loughborough University and gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture. After completing 5 years of higher education, Tom worked as an artist’s assistant for public art sculptor Graeme Mitchison. In 2007 he moved from North Nottinghamshire to Somerset to set up his own Workshop. In the past few years Tom has won several large art commissions including work for Astra Zenica and New Look. Tom is currently working on a public art project for Sheffield City Council. Tom is passionate about stone carving. His work is commonly themed around natural forms and organic structures-which he exhibits in local galleries. Tom is also an historic building conservator. He has worked on many stone buildings, such as the Roman Baths and Westminster Abbey.
Stone Suppliers - Southern Stone - Contact Tim York - www.southern-stone.co.uk
Ness Bird  
Ness Bird - Tutor: Jewellery Making
Ness has been working as a jewellery designer/maker for 15 years, she runs her own growing business based in Glastonbury making fair- trade ethical wedding rings and other contemporary jewellery. She has sold work across England and Europe and her most established product is the fingerprint wedding ring where the bride and groom have each other’s prints etched in to their rings.
Web: www.nessbirdjewellery1.moonfruit.com