Lamport Masterclasses is a series of classes and workshops that offer the opportunity to learn a variety of new skills. In a beautiful, intimate setting we welcome tutors from local and neighbouring counties to host engaging, informative and fun classes. We invite you to learn about some of our tutors and explore their classes on our Events page.
If you are a tutor and interested in hosting classes at Lamport we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01604 686272.
Lamport Masterclass Tutors
Over twelve years ago, Caron made the switch from a career in science to horticulture and has not looked back since! Following two years training at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden in Wisley, Caron had the pleasure of working at a number of gardens around the UK and more recently has combined working outside with teaching some of the RHS Level 2 theory courses:
‘it’s a great way of looking at some of the science behind what we do as gardeners and having access to the gardens and the plots at Lamport to do a little practical teaching and help the theory along is an added bonus.’
Rag Rugs Tutor
Helen studied for three years and has a HND in Fashion and knitwear. She very much enjoys working with textiles and exploring many avenues using fabrics and mix media to produce the end result of work:
‘I have had a wonderful opportunity to run Masterclasses in Rag Rug Workshops at The old Laundry, Lamport Hall. I like to find new techniques to express myself and I particularly enjoy Rag Rugs and Prodding. I can create lovely designs using recycled old clothing and materials, nothing needs to be thrown away again!’
Doug is an apprenticed bookbinder later employed by The British Museum bindery, The Foreign Office press Bindery and The British Library Centre for Conservation.
Darren Rudge BSc (Hons) Hort, Cert Ed
Garden Design Tutor
Darren has spent his career delivering and managing horticultural and other land based qualifications as well as running a successful garden design consultancy. He was one of the first recipients of the City and Guilds medal of excellence, awarded for his teaching and training. He works as a quality assurance coordinator for a number of organisations, ensuring standards are maintained. Darren regularly has articles published in the gardening press and is the permanent gardening expert for BBC WM 95.6 in the West Midlands, and was nominated for a garden media guild award in 2016. Darren’s enthusiastic approaches to teaching and garden design aim to inspire and motivate, and are developed to make learning both enjoyable and progressive.
A graduate in History of Art from Manchester University, Catherine paints principally in pure watercolour.
Painting and Drawing Tutor
Patricia has worked as an Adult Education tutor for nearly 40 years since graduating with a BA Hons in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and has taught classes in Northamptonshire and at Lamport since the late 1990s: ‘
As a child growing up in a stunning coastal environment, I was inspired by seeing artists working outdoors in all weathers and all seasons, and it seemed natural to follow in their footsteps. My approach to drawing and painting outdoors is an exploratory process, requiring participants to slow down and focus all the senses, as well as being an excellent brain workout which will change the way you look at the world.’
Gillian and David Wing
Stained Glass Tutors
Gillian and David have been based at their Studio in Spalding Lincolnshire, Strawberry Glass, since 2008. Their interest in glass began in the 1970s and as designer/makers they create their own glass art for exhibition and commission. They teach both the lead work and copper foiling construction techniques and recognise the importance of opening the heritage crafts to as wide an audience as possible.
Megan Walton & Sandra Smith
Floral Arrangement Tutors
Megan and Sandra are a Mother and Daughter team inspired by their love for creating stunning floral arrangements for Weddings and Social Occasions. Aphrodite Arrangements are based in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
The Company name derives from Aphrodite the Greek Goddess of Love who’s symbol is a Flower. The aim of Aphrodite Arrangements is to help you to create your own exquisite floral arrangements for that special occasion or simply to experience your own floral therapy at the stunning Lamport Hall location.
Batik and Mosaic Tutor
Andrew is an established visual artist in Market Harborough creating works in Batik, Print and Mosaic for exhibitions and Commissions. Current practice involves working in primary schools delivering workshops in mosaic, African textiles, silk painting with a cultural focus, as well as creative workshops, talks and demonstrations to a number of guilds and community groups.
Works include a textile hanging for the National Trust at Hardwick Hall, Derbys as part of the Sheffield Childrens’ Festival, a commissioned Christmas card design for English Nature and winner of Leicestershire County Councils’ ‘Capture a Moment in Time’ Millennium competition.
Works are in private commissions worldwide including Saudi Arabia, Poland, France, Taiwan, Philippines, UK and USA.