Craft Partners

Sharing our facilities with us are our Craft Partners, who have workshop space at the Centre in which to carry out their own craft practice and to run courses.  We are working hard to develop a vibrant, inspirational environment with plenty going on and our craft partners are central to this process, producing their own work as well as teaching others. 

At present we have Dawn and Sue as our resident potters, Jeannie doing tanning and leatherwork,  Michael Chase making masks  and Johannes Steauk Stone carving.

We still have some space available, so if you are looking for an inexpensive site to work on your craft, contact us to see if it would suit you to become one of our Craft Partners.

  • Dawn Almasi
  • Dawn Almasi

    BA(Hon) 3D Design(Ceramics)

    Lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

    I've been teaching pottery to either secondary students, special needs adults or the general public over the last twenty years. Working for Private schools, Camphill Communities UK & USA, Lansdown Pottery, Darbyshire Framers and Ruskin Mill. In 2007 I moved with my husband to Stroud and began working part-time for Lansdown Pottery in the basement of the Centre for Science and Art. I have continued to be part of a pottery in this beautiful building for ten years in some shape or form.

    I am excited to be part of a movement to keep Craft alive. I'm currently running an evening class, a kids pottery class for the Home Ed community, offering pottery to a few Alternative Provision students and generally taking care of the studio. Until now my own work has taken a back seat. My road back into producing has been inspired by Polish pottery and a love of texture. I'm hoping to increase this range of functional ware and would love to make some bigger pieces in the future.

  • Sue Harker
  • Sue Harker

    Sue Harker bio

  • Jeannie Ireland
  • Jeannie Ireland

    I see myself as something of a jack of all trades, wearing a number of different hats (most of which I have made myself!), but my primary craft is leatherwork, including tanning the leather itself.  Having attained a BSc in Biology, I concluded I was ill suited to academia and became a gardener.  I went on to work in estate management and historical interpretation and spent five years as an apprentice to a Native American Medicine teacher.  During this time I learned to make rawhide and buckskin and to craft the tools of the Shamans’ trade; rattles and drums.  

    Over the past twenty years I have worked in education both as a teacher and an educational administrator, working with learners or all ages, abilities and dispositions.  I have managed a care farm for adults with learning disabilities, taught at craft camps and delivered “Animal skins to leather” workshops as part of Practical Skills Teacher Development courses.   

    I also raise rare breed cattle, make cheese and help my partner Andy with his artisan food company, Crombie’s Kitchen.

    I believe passionately that the world of the moment holds great opportunities but also great challenges.  There is a beautiful mystery inherent in craft – as we transform natural materials, they in turn transform us.  They give us opportunities to grow, to flourish and to become whole. 

  • Michael Chase
  • Michael Chase

    Mike Chase has developed mask, mime and voice through an eclectic international education. He has taught and directed physical theatre, mime and mask at drama colleges and universities for over thirty years. He established the Mask Studio in the midnineties to develop masks for training, education, performance and therapy, which are used internationally by theatres and theatre companies including the RSC, the National Theatre, LAMDA, Trestle Theatre, Welsh National Opera and Told by an Idiot.

    He was the artistic director of the Glasshouse Art Centre for fifteen years where he developed the application of masks in Hero’s Journey, a therapeutic programme for young adults with complex needs. Mike is presently working as a psychodrama psychotherapist in a high-security democratic therapeutic prison with violent offenders, using masks and psychodrama. He holds a master’s degree in educational research and runs mask making and using workshops internationally. His book MASK is being published by Hawthorn Press in May 2017.

  • Johannes Steauk
  • Johannes Steauk

    BA.  MSC

    Born in 1956 in Stockholm to German parents, Johannes Steuck has lived most of his life in Britain. He took a fine art degree in Winchester College of Art and Design 1975 and 1978 he took a Fine Art Degree in Sculpture. Travelling widely in the Middle East, America and India, Johannes settled in the Cotswolds in 1984. He trained in Stained Glass with Edward Payne, worked at Ruskin Mill and at the Acorn School, teaching Humanities.

    Johannes is an experienced teacher and is currently running Stained Glass and Mosaic Workshops at the Nailsworth Community Craft Workshop. He is a well- known local artist with commissions in several countries, see website www


    Stone sculpture courses:

    A guided exploration of stone (particularly Cotswold stone).

    A journey through the landscape of sculpture, (convex, concave).

    A brief look at Art History.

    A training in tool use.


    Times: Saturdays. Hours- between 10am and 6pm.