Lamport Masterclasses are 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
Stone Carving Tutor
Lucy is a Leicestershire based Artist and Stone Carver who will be joining the Masterclass tutors in 2019.
Lucy studied Fine Art at Loughborough University and Architectural Stone Conservation and Carving at Bath College. Ever since she could grip a pencil, Lucy has drawn. Her interest in stone developed at the age of fourteen when Lucy began working on a Saturday at a Memorial Masonry called RGR Memorials in Northamptonshire. Here she learnt skills such as sandblasting, painting and gilding lettering. Although Lucy works in a variety of mediums including; stone, clay, pencil, glass, textiles, watercolours, coloured pencil and charcoal, her preferred mediums are; Stone, Clay and Pencil. She predominantly works in British stones such as Slate, Bath Stone and Portland Stone and carves the stone with traditional hand tools. She finds creating pieces in a monotone coloured medium fascinating as the amount of pressure or surface texture applied will translate the suggested three dimensional shape. Lucy is always aiming to make her pieces come to life through these mediums.
Bee Keeping Tutor
Patrick is a self taught beekeeper and new to the Lamport Masterclasses for 2019. Having started as a hobbyist with just two hives in his garden, it soon became apparent that Patrick not only had a talent for beekeeping, but also a strong passion, which has now grown into a thriving business; Applegate Organics Ltd. A sustainable pollination program of hive hosting has been introduced by Patrick, and he is working closely with Lamport Hall and their Higher Level Stewardship program to increase the honey bee population and pollination of their wild flower meadows within the estate, as a long term project. The masterclass series at Lamport Hall will now give anyone considering becoming a beekeeper, or anyone who has an interest in these fascinating creatures, the opportunity to learn the basics over a full day of hands on and theoretical training.
Garden Design Tutor
Author of over thirty gardening titles and an RHS judge, Andrew was a consultant on the recently updated RHS A–Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and a contributor to Flora, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught RHS certificate and garden design and is a guest lecturer for the Historic Houses Association as well as speaking to gardening clubs and other groups.
Andrew is a returning tutor to Lamport Hall and will be joining the Series in 2019.
Doug is an apprenticed bookbinder later employed by The British Museum bindery, The Foreign Office press Bindery and The British Library Centre for Conservation.
Doug joined the Masterclass Series in 2018 and after leading successful classes he will be returning in 2019.
Oil Painting Tutor
Sara Penrose will be joining the Masterclass Series in 2019. Sara’s classes are designed for beginners who want to learn and develop with oil painting. Sara is a local artist and her classes allow her students to find their inner artist.
A graduate in History of Art from Manchester University, Catherine paints principally in pure watercolour.
Leather Craft Tutor
Alex, of CODE Leather Goods, will be joining the Lamport Masterclass Series in 2019 offering workshops in leather work from making card holders, belts, purses and cross body bags.
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.
Strawberry Glass joined the Series in 2018 and will be returning in 2019 offering more insightful and practical workshops in stained glass.
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. After sold out classes in 2018 Aphrodite Arrangements will be returning in 2019 for more creative workshops.
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.
Lamport Gardening Academy
We are delighted to be working with OnSite Training UK through the Lamport Gardening Academy. As an approved centre for RHS qualifications, Level 2 and Level 3 courses run throughout the academic year.
For more details and further information please visit OnSite Training UK online for more information.
Booking for all courses is essential. Courses can now be booked online. Alternatively contact OnSite Training on 01933 234928.
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.’