Here at The Mill, a team of fantastic tutors run our Classes & Workshops programme. Find out more about them below!
Hello, my name is Laura and I am a photographer from Oxfordshire. I graduated from De Montfort University studying Video, Photography and Film Studies. I then went on to do an Artist in Residency at Oxfordshire School of Creative Arts, where I focused on different alternative photography processes.
I also specialise in silver gelatin printing, camera-less photography and have experience working with wet plate collodion. I am a Co Captain for Folksy South East England and am passionate about promoting British craft and supporting small businesses.
Awards: Bronze Award – Printed Life in Black and White – The Imaging Warehouse – 2014
I worked as an art therapist in hospitals and prisons and ran my own fabric silk screen business for many years before becoming a practising artist in 1992. I have a working studio and show regularly in London. I completed my BA in Fine Art in 2002.
I started teaching in 1995 and have never ceased to find it stimulating, always greatly enjoying the diversity of student work. I like to take a general experimental approach as well as giving individual guidance to encourage personal development.
I paint under the name Bryn Hillier (www.brynhillier.com).
I like to celebrate and share all our stories through the process of creating art. There is something enjoyable and fulfilling about sitting around a table with others quietly getting on with making stuff. It does not matter if you are a beginner or have lots of experience, we can all make something and enjoy the creative process.
I’ve been working in community art settings for the last 20 years. Other than my work at The Mill, I am also working in hospitals and on other projects around Oxfordshire and further afield.
I won the last Ironstone Open Exhibition at Banbury Museum and have been funded by the Arts Council on a number of projects. When making my own work I use a mixture of painting, drawing, printmaking, animation and digital art.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved to bake and decorate cakes so when I left school, I studied patisserie and cake decorating at college for three years. After this I set up and ran a successful cake decorating business in the Covered Market in Oxford.
I have held many cake decorating workshops and evening classes over the years. I strongly believe that it is possible to coach all students and give them the knowledge and tools to create great looking cakes and improve their artistic ability and confidence in cake decorating.
In 2020 I sold the business with the aim of concentrating on passing my skills and knowledge to anyone who loves to create sugar works of art. As sugar craft modelling is a transferable skill to other mediums, I also am able to offer workshops with air dry clay and polymer clay.
I facilitate creative writing courses at The Mill, where we write and either share or discuss work in a way that’s stimulating and challenging, yet also supportive and encouraging. I have a particular interest in writing for wellbeing and hold an MSc in creative writing for therapeutic purposes. I run workshops in this area, with the emphasis on writing for healing and self-discovery.
A widely published short story writer and trained journalist, with over three decades of experience on national magazines, I’ve also had three novels published and provided newspapers, magazines and journals with a broad range of non-fiction contributions, from travel and opinion pieces to articles on the craft of writing.
During the Covid lockdown, I went all virtual and now hold a Level 2 qualification in Digital Skills for Teaching.
I dabble in painting (some of my works have even been hung the right way up by connoisseurs of my skill) and love chocolate, cats and the word ‘mellifluous’.