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Every student has their own reasons for attending workshops, and in my experience as a tutor, they can be varied. I like to teach through demonstration, then support and encourage students as they work independently. I hope to inspire, encourage and share my enthusiasm, whilst aiming to meet the needs of each student on an individual basis.

My own making has developed with a grounding in techniques and hours of exploration and experimentation. So, I’d like to offer workshops to cater for a range of learning; for those interested in the ‘destination’ (SKILLS BASED), or the completing of a made object to those wishing to make a ‘creative journey’ (SKETCH-BOX), where the process is more important than a finished piece of work. Of course sometimes there is an overlap, and I always like to be flexible and workshops can often throw up unexpected ideas!


  • suited for artists and makers
  • focus on experimenting and exploring
  • tutor input with open ended outcome
  • opportunities to process and develop ideas independently
  • work independently


  • suitable for beginners, intermediate and advance students (B, I, A)
  • focus on technique and/or material
  • tutor led with continued support and input
  • opportunities for more confident students to work independently
  • pre-determined outcome


And what a great two days – Mary is such a lovely person and a great teacher. I’ve come back really feeling that I have mastered the basic techniques of twining and am looking forward to experimenting with various materials.

I really enjoyed it and now will probably spend way too much time twining Mary is such an inspiration, and teacher and so easy to understand, she was great, I loved her.

Thank you so much for a fabulous two day twining course. I learnt so much – not just the course content on twining but you are an ace and model teacher.

*NEW* 1:1 Online Mentoring

Pre book a one hour 1:1 online mentoring session with Mary

1:1 mentoring sessions are available for pre-booking for past and present students only.

  • Do you need a refresher of some techniques?
  • Do you have some questions?
  • Have you got stuck?
  • Would you like to talk through an idea?
  • Is there an area of your work you would like to develop?

Prior to the booked session

  • I will send you a questionnaire to complete and invite you to send up to six images of work/ideas you would like to discuss.

During the session

  • Using the responses from the questionnaire and images, we will start a conversation, leading to discussions enabling you to move forwards to resolve the questions you may have.
  • I will offer live demonstrations to support the session, if required, via a desktop webcam.
  • If appropriate I will send additional support material, via email.

If you book now for a mentoring session in June, July and August 2021,

I am offering an


From 1 September 2021 the price will increase to £50.

Sessions will be held via Zoom, so a good internet connection will be required, and a basic knowledge of Zoom. Please note the sessions will not be recorded.

For more information or to make a booking please contact Mary.


Small-scale twined baskets

Thursday 18 November 2021

Learn how to twine as you make one or two small-scale twined baskets. Woven with paper yarn in a variety of colours incorporate a pattern and a simple border in your basket.

Please visit West Dean College for more information and for booking.