Inspired and Create Craft Studios

  Our passion is to get you Inspired , So you can then Create 

Sally Ovenden - Ceramics
I  studied ceramics at Brockenhurst College, before doing a Foundation
Course in Art at Bournemouth. Following this, I did 3D Ceramic Design at
Falmouth College of Art.
In order to raise a family and help run the family business (a local shop for craft
supplies), ceramics was pushed to one side. Three years ago, a chance
opportunity allowed me to rekindle my passion for pottery.
I love it when I teach beginners, particularly if it’s their first experience.
Because of the time involved in pottery with regard to firing and glazing it’s
usually a while before a piece is finished, lots of people have a low expectation
of what they can achieve and the amazement on their faces when they see
their piece for the first time out of the kiln makes it all the more worthwhile

Sally Bowman - Mixed Media, Scrapbooking, Art Journaling and Project Life

I grew up in Sway and am lucky enough to still live in the beautiful New Forest, with my husband Russell and our two grown-up children. 

I have made things for as long as I can remember, and my passion is papercrafting and mixed media. I have perpetually inky fingers!

I love to teach: I have the best job there is. My favourite moment in a class is when someone who thinks they aren't creative makes something they love: the look on their face is why I do my job.

Elaine Meli - Florist

Elaine moved to the New Forest with her husband and two children two years ago
and absolutely loves living near the sea. Elaine comes from a horticultural family as
her parents ran a very successful bonsai and design nursery for over 20 years and
exhibited and won several gold medals at the Chelsea Flower show. She is a
graduate of the internationally renowned Merrist Wood college and is a qualified tutor
and has taught weekly classes for Surrey Adult education. In addition to designing
flowers for weddings and events, she also runs
regular workshops from her home in Lymington
and organises flower arranging parties, which are
always creative and highly entertaining. .
“I love flowers! They are exquisite, uplifting and put a smile on people's face, so what’s not to love!”
“It never gets old seeing people’s faces when they walk away from one of my workshops with their beautiful arrangement after nearly always telling me they don’t have a reative bone in their body! I teach step by step so even if you’ve never snipped a stem in your life, don’t worry! Come along and have some fun relaxing creative time for yourself.”

Kim Whitby - Artist,  Sky Arts 2016 Portrait Painter of the Year

I am driven to make pictures of thing that visually interest me in

my environment and close geography. The impression of colours

or light, shapes and tones capture my attention. I have always

painted and drawn directly outdoors and in. I am lucky to have

had the experiences of rural Wales, coastal towns and major

historical cities to inspire me. I love to draw and enjoy the

challenge of translating and capturing the essence of three

dimensional things on to paper, even when they are moving. I am interested by how our view is often interrupted or obscured; even within a landscape, and the way that we are able to look ‘through’ obstacles.

I am an experienced and qualified teacher with a current DBS.

Having initially developed my artwork by undertaking a teaching

degree, with art as main subject, I returned to formal art study in

2012 and completed a part time Masters Degree course in Fine Art

in December 2014 at Aberystwyth University.

*Undergraduate teaching during Fine Art Masters course 2012-2014,

 *Relief teaching and specialist art support in Infant and Primary schools, 2008-2015;

*Head of Foundation Stage, Ysgol Plascrug, Aberystwyth, 2008;

Art subject leader in various primary schools and posts (Devon,Ceredigion, Hampshire) 1993-2015.

* Private Art Tutor 2015- * Group teaching - April 2016 * Supply teaching 2008-

Christine Warden - Silver Clay ,  Beading, Candle Making,  Knitting and Indian Block Printing
I was born in Manchester then at the age of thirteen relocated to the Pennines  but having moved to the New Forest with my husband over forty five years ago I truly consider this to be my home.   I first of all lived in Lymington, then Milford on Sea before settling in New Milton.   I have two grown up children but sadly lost my husband some years ago.
As a child I was lucky enough to attend a school which positively encouraged craft and creativity and as a result I developed a passion for ‘all things crafty’.  I’m never happier than when I have a project of two on the go.   I even work in a local craft store so you could say that crafting is a big part of my life. 
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