Hi I’m Tamalia, I set up the MADEbyTamalia Studio as a little craft sanctuary in Caversham. I’m incredibly passionate about sharing arts and crafts with the local community to help improve wellbeing and will often be found involved in many other local wellness or environmental events.
As well as running arty workshops and events I also specialise in making my own eco-resin homewares and personal accessories. Some of which I even teach in the Studio!
When I’m not in my studio making or teaching, I can be found tackling another DIY project, immersed in a good book or unwinding with some yoga, all supervised by my trusty apprentice Percy (a rather naughty tabby cat).
Ruth MartinArtisan Candle Maker
Hi I’m Ruth from Cucumber Wood Candles in Caversham. I’ve been making candles since 2016 and I hand-pour candles in small batches using simply natural soy wax and essential oils. I’m passionate about creating new and seasonal blends.
Caring for the environment is important to me, containers can be re-purposed, recycled or returned to me to be reused. Plus I use hand-stamped paper bags and offer calico bags for gift purchases.
In the lead up to Christmas you will find me at various markets. At other times, I am in my workshop at Field & Hawken in Reading, making candles and drinking tea! I live with my husband and 3 children and a menagerie of their animals!
Claire PodestaContemporary Abstract Artist
Hi I’m Claire and I paint abstract works in oils or acrylics on canvas and paper. They are multi-layered and textural with bold brush strokes. My focus is on the process of making a painting, which is a meditative intuitive experience where the outcome is often unexpected. The coasts of Britain, the southern Mediterranean and the landscapes of the Chiltern Hills often provide my inspiration. Turner – described by John Ruskin as ‘the father of modern art’ – is a huge influence on my work and I can spend a whole day immersed in the Turner collection at Tate Britain.
Originally from Cambridgeshire and Hong Kong, I now live near Oxford, where I practice from my studio. I received a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design at De Montfort University, following which I worked as graphic designer and ran a furniture design business with my husband whilst raising a family. I now work as a painter and also as a graphic designer for my business Pangolinn.
Jo RomeroWatercolour Artist
Hi I’m Jo – I’ve always loved to create art, and could often be found with a pencil in my hand, drawing in my sketchbook when I was a child. I continued sketching as a hobby and have exhibited work in small events in Hungerford and Newbury. My work has also appeared in print, with a portrait of movie star Marilyn Monroe featured in the book Marilyn in Art. More recently, I hvae turned from portraits to sketching historic sites and scenery, using colour and dynamics to convey the energy and liveliness of the scene.
I predominantly use pen and watercolour and can often be found outside working on location, as well as at home. I am an active member of the Urban Sketching community, where artists sketch urban scenes to capture a moment in time and place. I live in Tilehurst with my husband, two daughters and dogs.
Elaine WellsProfessional Potter & TV Show Contestant
Hi I’m Elaine, and I make beautiful stoneware pots thrown on a wheel at my home studio. After an ‘out of character’ decision to apply for The Great Pottery Throwdown resulted in a place on the show, I subsequently received an internship with one of the judges, Kate Malone which opened up an exciting time in my life.
In 2017 Lisa Hammond formed Clay College in the heart of the Potteries in Stoke on Trent and the two-year, full-time diploma allowed me to explore and develop my throwing, finishing and glazing.
My work focuses on simplistic contemporary forms that are both functional and decorative. I like to explore the interaction between mark making on the clay and how this enhances the glaze. I use a spectrum of simple white glaze that in combination with impurities in the clay, result in a chemical reaction which emphasises the nature of the body and glaze in both reduction and oxidation firing.
Hi I’m Matt, I travel all over Europe seeking out and photographing industrial remnants, crumbling ruins and forgotten architecture. All with an aim to capture the highly unusual atmosphere and essence of each location within the imagery.
I take a methodical and slow approach to my photography work, often returning to locations to improve on previous result. I always work on a tripod to achieve maximum image sharpness and I’m obsessed about finding the perfect composition and time of day and light to shoot in.
My work has taken me from a hobby to a multi international award winning photographer having worked with many of the UK’s heritage organisations. I am also lead photographer for Heritage Open Days which helps me access normally private buildings.
Francesca DunneMulti-displicinary Upcycling Artist
Hi I’m Fran, I am a South African born, self-taught multi-disciplinary, upcycling artist. I work primarily with acrylics, spray paint and more recently mixed media and collage, diversifying myself as an artist more and more each day. I also plan to create prints in the future. This is my side hustle.
I started my art journey painting animals (with a bright, bold flair that comes from my diverse upbringing in South Africa which inspires my colour palettes and bold line work. I am also heavily influenced by street art- not only as a style, but also all it encompasses from a socially conscious standpoint. I see my works as a stand for nature, portraying animals in a bold way that makes you stop, look and take in their beauty a while. Nature is at the core of my ideas.
My art is about beautifying and reviving in a world that is now more than ever chaotic and destroyed.
Debbie PageProfessional Potter
I’m Debbie and I’m a practising potter with many years of experience teaching adults from beginners and onwards. I predominantly use hand-building techniques to form my own work, e.g pinching, coiling and slab building although I do occasionally throw on the wheel. My work is inspired by the ceramics of Korea and Japan – strong simple forms with lively glazes and different firing methods.
I am very keen to pass on my enthusiasm for pottery and ceramics – I like to show people that with simple techniques they can make something they can be proud of. I firmly believe creativity to be essential for the human soul and that everyone is capable of being creative – you just have to find to right thing for you!
I have a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Creative Design & Ceramics together with a Level 4 Diploma in Teaching for Life Long Learning.
Louisa AndrewsCertified Aromatherapist
I’m Louisa and I’m a qualified aromatherapist and my goal is to help people reduce their toxic load and find balance using natural solutions. I started to use essential oils over 2 years ago now, this has lead me to realise that I have a passion for helping others to find their way to a natural solution whether this is by introducing them to essential oils or offering an Aromatouch massage.
I have chosen Doterra as the company that I work with for a number of reasons. They work closely with the community where they source the essential oils. All their oils are tested to ensure that they pure and do not contain any heavy metals, pesticides and synthetics added. Their philosophy is to help people live a better life while selling essential oils.
Helen StamoulisHomewares Artisan
Hi, I’m Helen from HoT Creative. I worked for 20 years as a professional photographer and photography teacher until I started HoT Creative, making Christmas wreaths and decorations in 2016; after a mouse in our loft destroyed all our family’s decorations, and friends encouraged me to sell what I was making.
The business grew quickly and in 2018 I joined forces with Sophie; together we have expanded the business and launched a much wider range of products and gifts. In 2020 we collaborated with Albert Frederick Home, adding more soft furnishings to our collections. We regularly run workshops as I love to teach and to share my love of all things creative.
Jacqueline Winston-SilkCurator and Founder of Midrib Plants
Hello I’m Jacqueline, I’m a qualified museum curator with a passion for collecting houseplants. I’ve spent the last 10 years working within arts & heritage, and after a period of furlough in 2020 I established Midrib Plants.
Midrib is owned & operated in Caversham and sells a curated collection of indoor plants, hand-built living terrariums and a range botanical gifts and kits. Teaching & learning is at the heart of museum work, and so I’ve been able to combine my professional skills with my botanical interests to deliver plant-based workshops.
Gaye DanielsArtists & Sculptor
Hi I’m Gaye. I grew up in an artistic environment, I spent many years drawing and painting, but it was several years later, in 1996, that I finished an art and music degree where I specialised in stone sculpture. However, after a few years’ gap my current focus is painting.
My work is vibrant, bright and representational working in acrylic. Inspired by landscapes and flowers, my paintings have echoes of Expressionism and Fauvism.
My studio is a former aviary and I look out over fields sometimes sharing the view with the cows on the estate and ladybirds who seem to like my paintings. In addition to painting on canvas I create murals on walls, doors, shutters or any permanent structure.
Janina MaherMixed Media Artist
Hi I’m Janina Maher – a mixed media artist and bookbinder. I work from my garden based studio in Caversham, Reading.
I love experimenting with new materials and book structures, and have been teaching bookbinding, gel plate printing and mixed media techniques for several years across Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
Lisa BedlowWellbeing Therapist
Hi I’m Lisa, I am highly passionate about children, parent and staff wellbeing using a wide range of skills and techniques that I have learned from my many years teaching and headship experience and from being a qualified healing therapist.
I love helping people to achieve success, happiness and self-love through a variety of programmes. Founder of Gabriels Wellbeing and Education Community Interest Company (CIC).
Kate CullumTextile Designer
Hi I’m Kate, I am a textile designer and have worked in the industry for 18 years. I left the corporate safety net about 8 years ago to work freelance and now have my own textile business making products for the home with a focus on sustainability and using British manufacturing & suppliers.
One of my biggest passions in life is Yoga, I have been practicing since I was a teenager and trained to be a teacher 4 years ago. I teach 4 classes a week in Reading and love seeing my yogis grow in strength & confidence. I love the balance yoga and art bring to my life and want to share the benefits with anyone who will listen.
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At the MADEby Studio we love to be able to support our local creative community. We are always on the look out for super talented creative makers, crafters, artists and artisans who want to share their incredible skills.
If you fancy running a workshop in our Studio then why not get in touch. We absolutely love to collaborate with other creative minds so we can encourage more people to catch the crafty bug, learn a new skill or just have some creative fun.
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