Meet the artists and makers…

As well as our residents who work at Chepstow Art Space, we also have many visiting artists and makers who bring the space to life with a variety of creative workshops. 

Julio Franco

Julio Franco

Carpentry and woodworking

Julio is the co-founder of Chepstow Art Space and also runs his very own successful carpentry business. His experience ranges from rustic wood decor elements to bespoke fitted furniture, hand-crafted summer houses and more.

Julio is a resident maker at Chepstow Art Space.

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Genevieve Eden

Genevieve Eden

Painting and interior design

Genevieve is the co-founder of Chepstow Art Space. She has over twenty years experience as a painter and decorator, with her work also exploring interior design and garden landscaping.

Genevieve has a passion for colour and creativity, and loves transforming spaces, both indoors and outdoors.

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Neil Ward

Neil Ward

Epoxy resin waves

Neil is an ex Chepstow boy, used to live in Bulwark, playing football for Garden City and Mathern Athletic.
Joined the RAF in 81, settled in Chepstow when he left the RAF.
He dabbled with Resin and Carbon Fibre when working on the Harrier Aircraft and during his time working with the Williams Formula 1 team.
He’s dabbled with Resin Artwork in the past, but has decided to reignite his passion for creating beautiful bespoke artwork.
Resins have changed, more choices of materials too.
Using many recycled materials ls forefront in Neil’s thinking, and he is very often on the hunt for some old furniture to upcycle into a beautiful piece of artwork.
Neil enjoys sharing his skills and experience in this craft, and would like to invite participants to join him in one of the workshops here.
Cathryn Yeates

Cathryn Yeates

Pottery

“Since completing my degree in 3D Design Ceramics at West Surrey College of Art & Design in 1987, I have continued to make while teaching. I taught Ceramics on the BTec Ceramics course at the Royal Forest of Dean College from 1990 til 1997. I taught pottery evening classes in Usk, and I’ve been teaching pottery evening classes in Chepstow since 1990. I managed an Arts Studio in Monmouth for Monmouthshire County Council from 2004 until 2016 working with adults with physical and learning disabilities.

As a member of South Wales Potters I have exhibited my work in group exhibitions throughout Wales.”

 

Charlotte Anne Duckworth

Charlotte Anne Duckworth

Silversmithing and Jewellery

Charlotte Anne Duckworth is an award-winning silversmith from Bristol. Through her business, The Silver Duck, she designs and produces bespoke artisan silverware, tableware, and jewellery.

Charlotte offers jewellery and silversmithing workshops to introduce you to the world of silversmithing. 

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Katie Sanderson

Katie Sanderson

Enamelling

Katie Sanderson is a Forest of Dean based enamel artist and enamelling tutor.

Magical, mystical, unpredictable, absorbing, transforming, these are all words that come to mind when Katie thinks about enamelling and in particular her approach to this ancient art form.

Katie has been teaching enamelling for over 6 years, taking her kilns around the country and sharing her knowledge and passion for this additive art form.

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Patrick Brown

Wood Carving

“My current work is inspired by the beauty of many natural forms, but at the moment especially animals. I am interested in the artificial division between ‘human’ and ‘animal’, and the impacts that people have upon the species with which we share space. I spend a lot of time watching wildlife around my home in the Cotswolds, and I’m constantly enthralled by the wordless communication tha surrounds us. At the most immediate level, the birds and mammals give a constant wellspring of inspiration; the raucous corvids, loping hares and darting sparrowhawks an infinite cast of motion, form and emotion. I am particularly drawn to those species which are endangered, persecuted, or disparaged. I find it interesting how people view these creatures, and the frequent disconnection between appreciation of their forms and indifference to their real lives.

I’m often struck by the uplifting power of being amongst nature, but simultaneously aware of its transience. Themes of responsibility and connection are important to me, and I look forward to exploring these further in future works.
I work in a variety of materials, including wood, plaster, stone and a gamut of mixed media; I’m constantly experimenting to find the right way of expressing the forms I chase. Much of my relationship with the work is underpinned by my childhood in the countryside and my subsequent degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology.”

 

Heidi Morgan-McDaid

Polymer Clay

Heidi Marie is a visual artist and educator from the Wye Valley. She is recognized for her use of colour throughout her work as well as the patterns she creates connecting them together. Heidi believes that both colour and pattern have power. The power to inspire, motivate, excite, soothe, heal and bring joy.

Her pieces are inspired by the responses she has when looking at works of art, nature and architecture. These become the source of inspiration through which she explores her themes. The pieces that she creates are made using polymer clay which is lightweight and colourful in nature.

Her creative journey in polymer clay started in 2007 as a form of therapy. Having spotted a book by Donna Kato,  ‘Art of Polymer Clay’, the front cover literally mesmerized her. Heidi couldn’t believe that someone had created beads with those colours and patterns and was instantly drawn to want to have a go herself. After buying the basics and having a play, she had caught the polymer clay bug, hook, line and sinker. It brought her joy and a feeling of being uplifted. She could enter her happy place where everything else just drifted away.

It is that euphoric feeling that continues today and keeps Heidi absorbing, exploring and creating in this fantastical world that just makes her smile and brings about a sense of peace. Creating colourful pieces for others, helps her to share a glimpse of this world with them. She also educates others and helps them to see the therapeutic value of using polymer clay to connect with colour and create patterns themselves.

Sophie Sherwood

Sophie Sherwood

Visual Art and Painting

Sophie Sherwood is a visual artist and creative workshop facilitator based in the South West of England. They explore the self through light sensitive materials and darkroom techniques. They completed a BAhons from Plymouth University in 2012 and an MA in Photography at UWE, Bristol in 2019 using their grandmothers photographic archive to make new work. They have exhibited both nationally, internationally, and online with organisations such as The Bristol Folk House, Photographer’s Gallery and Centrespace.
Claire Williamson

Claire Williamson

Creative Writing

Claire is a locally-based creative writer. For thirty years, Claire has specialised in the field of therapeutic writing, working in diverse settings such as addiction recovery, education, and dementia care. For ten years, Claire was Director of Studies for the Metanoia Institute’s Masters in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and is now a Royal Literary Fellow at University of the West of England. She also works 1-1 with individuals, and with patients at Southmead Hospital.
Melanie Van De Velde

Melanie Van De Velde

Potter

Previously a pottery and ceramics tutor for 9 years for various Adult Learning services in West London including, Hillingdon Borough, Hounslow and Brunel University, then she relished the thought of progressing her own work and finding a quieter pace of life. She moved to Abergavenny in 2021 after experiencing a lifelong pull to settle here, the longing for Wales, ‘hiraeth’ and to be near her family in Blaenavon
She is the Events Co-ordinator for South Wales Potters along and Materials Co-ordinator for the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth, I also deliver courses and workshops for the Fathom Trust charity based in Bwlch.

 

Calling all artists and makers...

Are you looking for a space to host your next workshop? Or would you like a dedicated workspace to call your own in Chepstow?