Our Teachers

Simon Bowley

Studio Leader - Pottery

ANU School of Art (Ceramics) 1978-1979, Ceramics Certificate from East Sydney Technical College 1984. Since 1998 Simon has been teaching ceramics at TAFE Illawarra. Since 1980 Simon has maintained a continuous practice in his studio at Moss Vale, producing tableware for retail and exhibitions.

David Upfill-Brown

Sturt School for Wood - Senior Tutor

One of Australia's leading furniture designer/makers, David studied furniture making and design at Parnham, John Makepeace’s school, in England under the remarkable tutelage of Robert Ingham. David loves teaching and his greatest pleasure is witnessing students find ability deep within themselves, building a connection between teacher and student in what he calls “the realm of ideas” - the collaborative development of a design that must speak of the student but one who has been encouraged to embrace structural, technical and visceral as well as intellectual territory that they may not have dared. David comes regularly to teach at Sturt for many years.

Darren Oates

Sturt School for Wood - Tutor

Darren started working with wood in the mid-1990s, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he took it up as a full-time occupation. He studied under Terry Gleeson at his school in Dural in 2006 and at the Sturt School For Wood under the late Tom Harrington in 2007.

Phoebe Everill

Sturt School for Wood - Tutor

Phoebe Everill is a third generation wood worker with a passion for beautiful timbers and the details that make them sing. Defying convention as a female tradie, she established a successful carpentry and renovations business that focussed on personalised designs and exquisite finishing. She then turned her eye to fine furniture by studying at Sturt School for Wood in 2009. In 2011 she completed a Certificate IV in Furniture Design & Technology. 2012 sees her awarded an Artist in Residence at Sturt to further develop her portfolio. Phoebe is an accomplished and popular teacher, with experience teaching a wide range of students ranging from children to adult classes.