Studio Space at the English Bridge Workshop
A major challenge for any artist or craftsperson is to find a suitable studio space. The ideal combination of size, cost, location and flexibility can be very difficult to find.
The EBW provides eight such spaces, currently occupied by nine artists, craftspeople and academics. Their work covers a wide range of skills, including enamelling, stained glass, painting, wood and stone carving, mosaic, fresco, art history, display design and heritage projects. You can read more about each studio occupant below.
As well as very reasonable rates and a central location, the EBW offers facilities including broadband, central heating and car parking.
Alan Townsend (Studio 1)
Alan Townsend works in acrylic, mixed media or pastel and has a passion for painting landscape or townscape, often focusing on older or derelict structures in the context of their natural surroundings.
He likes to create his larger paintings in stronger, more vibrant colours and also makes smaller, more muted collagraphs inspired by details taken from the same subject matter. Hopper is a great inspiration.
Jill Leventon (Studio 3)
Jill Leventon is a largely self-taught enameler and designer-maker, with over twenty five years experience. She is a born experimenter, fascinated by the alchemy that exists between enamel and metal at high temperatures. Jill uses these effects in her enamelled copper bowls, each of which is truly unique.
As well as having exhibited her work widely in the UK and Europe, she is a trained teacher who loves to share her excitement about metal and enamel with others - at classes in her workshop, at Westhope College and with the Guild of Enamellers which meets regularly at EBW.
Maureen Carswell (Studio 3)
Maureen Carswell is an artist enameller who shares a studio with fellow enameller, Jill Leventon. She works mainly in very thin copper, which she forms into three dimensional pieces. This is a technique which she has pioneered and taught locally, nationally and internationally.
Maureen has also exhibited widely. Nationally her work has been seen in Goldsmiths Hall, London, the Oxford Museum and the Birmingham School of Jewellery. International exhibitions include the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo and the Moscow Museum of Decorative Art which holds three pieces of her work in their permanent collection.
Nathalie Hildegarde Liege (Studio 4)
Nathalie Hildegarde Liege works as a stained glass designer, applying her ongoing fine art practice to architectural glass commissions. She established Couleurlive Studio in 1998 having been awarded The Journeyman's Award by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.
Alfred Fisher MBE, former stained glass advisor to English Heritage and the National Trust, wrote: "This lady knows her glass inside out... Never boring, and exploring all forms of making... her work is unique, dedicated, personal and to be enjoyed."
Anthony R. Vettise NDD, ATC (Studio 5)
Anthony Vettise studied at Berkshire College of Art and Brighton College of Art, and is a lecturer in Fine Art and Art History. He taught painting when Shrewsbury
School of Art was located in the EBW. He has since gone on to teach as an extramural lecturer at the Universities of Birmingham and Wales (Aberystwyth).
Anthony is an elected member of the Association of International Critics of Art, and the Association of Art Historians. He is the author of a number of published art reviews and has paintings in a number of private & public collections.
Aidan Hart (Studio 6)
Mosaic, stone and wood carving
Aidan specialises in liturgical art, with works in over twenty countries of the world. With over thirty-five years experience in this field his expertise has grown to include icon and fresco painting, mosaic, and stone and wood carving. He teaches in Shrewsbury the Diploma in Icon Painting for The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, and has written what has become the standard book on techniques of icon and wall painting.
Aidan works with his full-time assistant Martin Earle at English Bridge Workshop and also commissions numerous craftspeople in Shropshire to execute his designs in ironwork, glass work, gilding, and cabinetmaking.
Martin Earle (Studio 6)
Carving, painting and mosaic
Martin Earle completed an MA in animation at the Royal College of Art and travelled widely before moving to Shropshire to work as Aidan Hart's apprentice. He works alongside Aidan on commissions for churches in a wide variety of media, including carving in stone and wood, painting and mosaic. In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious Queen Elisabeth Scholarship Trust to support him while he learns the complex art of egg tempera icon painting.
Jim Davies (Studio 7)
Jim Davies is a painter whose current works includes the designing of illustrative material relating to historical and heritage subjects.
Jim also provides tuition and lectures on the arts and a variety of historical matters.
Jean Mills (Studio 8)
Jean studied Fine Art at Birmingham College of Art (UCE) as a mature student. “I like to work in more than one medium...from large charcoal drawing to print making”. She has exhibited in Shropshire, Worcestershire, Wales and London.
Jean has over 30 years experience as an Arts for Health & Wellbeing Practitioner – currently (10years) for the NHS at The Redwoods Centre in Shrewsbury and the Recovery College running art groups and courses. She also runs a voluntary art & craft group in Telford. Additionally, Jean has worked on a number of commissions and community projects in Worcestershire and Shropshire.