Short Courses 2019

Last Courses for 2019

Weekend Courses – Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October, 9.30am-4.30pm

Steam-bent fruit bowl – wood project with Isabelle Moore (Scotland) *COURSE CLOSED

Level: All | Cost: $310 + materials $35
Through the process of creating a simple steam bent vessel form, this course will give a introductory hands on opportunity to create, combine and shape curved components during a short weekend course. Using locally sourced timber we’ll create a sculptural vessel form that can be carved and finished in a variety of ways. We’ll discuss factors including timber selection and preparation, the steam box, the mould making process, heat forming and drying the components, so that the techniques learnt can be applied to future projects with greater confidence.

Isabelle Moore trained at Parnham College (1993-95) as a furniture designer/maker, after which she lived and worked in the USA for 10 years before returning to Edinburgh in 2006. Isabelle creates commissions in a shared Albion Business Centre wood studio in central Edinburgh, with the exploratory developments in her work to date owing a great deal to the residency programmes and temporary teaching positions periodically undertaken overseas. These have offered the privilege of focused time and workshop facilities to realise new ideas, an exposure to different cultures and a reciprocal exchange with a myriad of makers in many disciplines. Her work is represented in public and private collections at home and abroad and has been exhibited widely, including Collect 2018 at the Saatchi Gallery and the V&A in 2016.
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More Tactile Techniques (by popular demand ) – ceramics with Rachel Wood (UK) *THIS COURSE IS FULL

Level: All levels| Cost: $310 + materials $20

Rachel Wood ceramicsThe emphasis in this workshop is on process, trial and error. You will learn competent core skills in pinching and coiling and made aware of the possibilities of these techniques. Rachel will demonstrate form and surface treatment while supporting each of you in your own individual needs and ideas. You will start with practical warm-up exercises, some group and test work. Over the weekend, you will have the chance to absorb yourself in a larger piece, developing personality for form and surface using these timeless techniques. On the second day we shall discuss and apply slips to your pieces. Please note that, clay being clay, your pieces will not be dry by the end of Sunday, however will be fired once in the coming weeks.

Rachel Wood studied ceramics at Loughborough School of Art & Design. Working from Harley Foundation Studios in Welbeck, England, she creates her hand-built stoneware vessels which recognised for their unique and complex surfaces. Rachel was assistant to renowned ceramist, Robin Welch, Suffolk, England. Her work was significantly inspired by the Australian landscape after her last visit to Sturt in 2013. Rachel exhibits widely in the UK, Netherlands, France and Germany. In 2016 she was winner of the Neue Keramik Preis in Germany, and in 2017 winner of the Diessen Ceramic Prize.

Landscape basketry with Lissa-Jane de Sailles

Level: All levels| Cost: $310 + materials $35

Every basket tells a story: Take your weaving skills further in this workshop where you will learn how to weave beautiful patterns into your baskets using colourful twine and wool. We begin by learning the ancient art of twining and how to incorporate assymetrical patterns into your work. Participants will be able to complete a small basket over the weekend as well as learn how to design a larger project which can be completed independently.
In 2013 Shoalhaven based fibre artist, Lissa de Sailles, won a local scholarship that enabled her to study with master basket maker, the late Jim Wallis. This style of basket was one of Jim’s signature works and as he wished for his work to be carried on after his death, he taught Lissa his repertoire over a period of four months. Since this time, Lissa has added her own touch to these beautiful and unique baskets which reflect the colours and patterns of the Australian landscape.

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To enrol in a course, please use the online enrolment form or download the enrolment form below and return to Sturt Short Courses, PO Box 34 Mittagong NSW 2575 or email to: For more information, phone: 02 4860 2083. 

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  • ENROLMENT: Students are strongly encouraged to enrol early – at least 2 weeks out from the course commencement date. Late enrolments cannot be guaranteed a place or that the course will run.
  • PAYMENT: Full payment is required to confirm your place in any course.
  • CANCELLATION BY STURT: Sturt Craft Centre reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class due to under enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances. Courses with insufficient enrolments will be cancelled 2 weeks in advance of the course commencement date. In this case enrolled students will receive a full refund.
  • CANCELLATION BY STUDENTS: No refunds will be given to enrolled students wishing to cancel less than two weeks in advance of the course commencement date. Students who cancel and wish to receive a refund before 2 weeks in advance of the course commencement date will incur a $50 cancellation fee. 
  • MINIMUM AGE for adult course enrolment is 16 years.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Sturt reserves the right to photograph classes and to use these photos for publicity purposes only.