Our Art and Pottery Tutors



Mark Beachell:

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Mark Beachell read art history at Cambridge followed by a masters in contemporary fine art at Sheffield Hallam institute of art and design. He is a lecturer in critical and contextual studies. His practice is driven by exploring ideas about science, time, exploration and the notion of the sublime. Many images derive from journeys taken in pursuit of a larger project, projects which may involve climbing an erupting volcano, searching for evidence of a meteorite impact or experiencing an alpine storm. Mark works in wide range of media, traditional and contemporary. Above all the work is driven by the pursuit of beauty.

Mark currently teaches the popular ‘Painting Techniques’ and the new ‘Art appreciation talks’ course.

John Kerr:

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My work ranges through various media from watercolours and oil painting to photography.  The immediacy of photography allows me to explore many different areas from portraiture to landscape. I have always loved black and white photographs and still use traditional film.  Water has always fascinated me and many of my paintings depict water in its many forms and how the human figure relates to it. Distortion, reflection, movement and colour are subjects I often return to. The human figure, whether in, submerged or simply near water is a source of constant inspiration. I love to be by the sea.  I am inspired by many painters from Leonardo da Vinci and Giovanni Bellini to Lucian Freud and Stanley Spencer.

John currently teaches two popular water-colour courses at the Art House:  ‘The Art of Water-colour’ and ‘Further Techniques in Water-colour’.

Anna Massey

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I am a freelance Artist and Art Tutor creating paintings, drawings and prints inspired by colour, light and the natural world.  My past has led me through many art disciplines: a degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University, my own business in eco paints and murals and working as a Senior Tutor, teaching painting and drawing.  Now as a freelance tutor I continue to run painting and drawing courses, workshops and home tuition sessions for adults and produce and exhibit my work across Sheffield and the Peak District.

More information about Anna’s work: annamasseyartist.com

Flora Menager

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Flora Ménager has lived and travelled on both sides of the Atlantic and across the Channel, having grown up in France and the USA, and worked and studied an Italy, Prague, Lisbon and Sheffield. Her art is drawn from the people and places she has seen, with a style which combines literal representation with expressive use of colour and line: a meditation on her surroundings with a special focus on figurative subjects, cityscapes and nature, often depicting fish, birds and people in everyday scenes. She most enjoys the forms of intaglio printmaking, watercolour layered with textured gouache, and ink.

Flora graduated with a BFA from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin before coming to Sheffield, where she gained a Masters in Landscape Architecture. She now works as a landscape architect, gifting her a new perspective from which to see and record the world around her.
Flora teaches a variety of courses in painting and drawing at the Art House and loves the opportunity to share her passion for art with others!
Flora’s Art Website: https://lifeinterpreted.wordpress.com/
Flora’s Photography Website: https://photofloblog.wordpress.com/


Mary Else

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My pieces are slab and coil built. I use different layers of glazes, Oxides, slips and under glazes to achieve a varied colourful surface. New work also includes a variety of clay bodies My current work is influenced by natural elements and formations, such as rock, shell and fish shapes, seed pods and music. With all of my work colour and form are of equal importance to me. I always wish to create a whole piece in which the colour is part of the form, both inside and out. I also allow the material and its properties to help inform where the work will go. This determines the colour and shapes/patterns used. I take part in Sheffield Open up every year and have found that it’s a great way to promote yourself and meet with the public. I have been creating with clay for a long Time!!!

Some of my favourite Ceramic Artists include Lucie Rie, Mo Jupp and Grayson Perry.

Website http://melse9.wix.com/mary-else

Sarah Vanic

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I studied fine art in London and St. Alban’s in the 80’s and 90’s and then came up to Sheffield to further my interest in the field of Art and Therapy. I went on to develop my interest on an Art Psychotherapy course, focusing predominantly in the field of mental health for adults through creative therapy. I have pursued this career ever since.
I am also excited by starting new ventures and started up my own business called Chupinka Pottery. This led to further success in helping co-create The Art House’s pottery studio in 2015.
I love working with clay and my current work revolves around throwing on the wheel with terracotta and creating wall relief sculptures reminiscent of things found by the sea.

Amanda Packham 

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In my degree in sculpture I focussed on ceramics as a second subject and chose to persue a career in teaching, working with diverse groups in the community of Edinburgh. I went on to work in secondary education in Hampshire and then Glasgow. I have worked in specialist education at Freeman college, and then retraining in Horticulture to work at Seven Hills school. I have worked with primary age to Open College students.
My work is influenced by my horticultural and architectural interests. When building I focus on weight and balance mixing different clay, grog and local clay to tint surfaces. The pieces I produce are strip coiled and slab built, abstract organic in nature and incorporate oxides to enhance texture. I have been producing work for over 35 years and have exhibited in galleries and exhibitions in Dundee, Edinburgh, Manchester, Hampshire and Sheffield.

Michael Randle

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I have been involved in ceramics for seventeen years now and I am still learning different
techniques and ways of creating pieces using glazes, slips, clays, underglazes and oxides.
My preferred method of creating has always been the pottery wheel and have worked toward
a production pottery style of throwing and strive to make my work usable, beautiful and affordable.

As well as teaching throwing at the Art House I have a small studio I built three years ago. I retired from the N.H.S. two years ago where I worked in an adult acute mental health hospital facilitating pottery sessions for patients as a therapeutic activity, patients found this helpful and a considerable number of people continued working with clay as an art form and as a therapeutic activity on leaving hospital. My work can be viewed at the Art House and on my Instagram site.

Mick currently teaches a number of advanced pottery wheel throwing classes at the Art House.

Mike Scown

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Mike Scown is a self-taught potter who has been working with clay for about five years, starting out in his garden shed and building a wood-fuelled kiln from scrap house bricks.  In October 2014 he joined the Yorkshire Artspace Starter Studio Programme for Ceramics, a two-year business development platform, and upon completion moved into a studio on the top floor of the Art House, where he currently produces thrown tableware in stoneware and porcelain alongside teaching throwing and raku classes in the evenings.  His main interest in ceramics is in the development of glazes and the firing process, and his current aim is to get the small gas kiln that he recently built to behave itself.

Mike currently teaches a number of pottery courses including our pottery wheel throwing classes for beginners, advanced throwing classes with porcelain and raku firing classes.

Hannah Weber:

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Inspired by my local environment, in 2004 I did a degree in Textile Crafts (after firstly completing a BTEC in General Art and Design), where I specialised in weaving.  Over the years I have also tried many other types of art and craft – printing, sewing, film photography and felting, to name just a few.

When the Art House opened in 2015, I became a pottery volunteer, which has had such a positive impact on me – meeting others with a shared admiration of ceramics has been so inspiring. I love being around clay, in a studio environment and in an educational setting.  The ceramic art I currently make is highly influenced by my background in textiles – I make jewellery by knotting and weaving with clay, put my handmade ceramic pendants onto cords that I carefully braid and my buttons are created with the hope that one day they will adorn handmade clothing, bags and other accessories. Like the ‘treasure’ I collect, my pieces look as though they have been weathered by nature – it’s as though water has worn their edges, the sun has bleached them and time has allowed them to acquire patina.

Hannah teaches our “Jewellery Making” pottery workshops.