Stonehouse Studios is a new art studio offering art classes and tuition in pottery, sculpture, drawing and painting and other creative arts. The studio is located in idyllic rural surroundings at Drayton Bassett and is ideally positioned for access from the Birmingham, Lichfield, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield areas. Stonehouse Studios offers a range of arts and crafts facilities for students to enjoy, and is run by artist practitioner and tutor Karen Bird, with over 30 years experience of teaching all ages and abilities.
Students will benefit from Karen's uniquely skilled artistic interpretation and observation, with personalised instruction tailored to their individual needs and abilities.
Stonehouse Studios welcomes applications from students of all abilities. Please see our Courses page for details of available classes and dates.
We are now accepting advance bookings for the Spring term commencing 5 January 2018.
Tutor Karen Bird has over 30 years experience instructing students of all ages and abilities in drawing & painting, pottery & sculpture, ceramic design & making, and glazing and decorating techniques. Her particular skills and care in kiln packing and firing make possible succesful finished work.
Karen holds an M.A. in Ceramics Design and a further M.A. in The History of Ceramics, and additional teaching qualifications. She has worked extensively to personal commission and has numerous private exhibitions to her credit.
"While Karen worked on the portrait busts of our children, it was astonishing and exciting to see how quickly and accurately their heads and faces grew from a lump of clay! Truly a rewarding experience, made more poignant by the original sculptures we have to keep, more treasured each year as the children grow up and change. (We chose, also, to have casts made which became wonderful, significant presents for family.) " - Mrs M
"Your dedication to your students is absolute, and I wish again to pay testament to the quality of the work they have produced under your teaching and guidance." - Chris Hopkins, South Staffordshire College
"Karen is a talented and inspired sculptor who has a flair for channeling a student’s ability. I became hooked from my first class with her! Karen’s professional eye and unfailing encouragement nurtures your confidence, enabling you to develop your own style of sculpting." - Clare Dabinett
"I am very pleased to be able to recommend Karen as an art teacher. I have been going to her classes for many years! She is the most encouraging and fun teacher who loves to share her wide experience of different areas of art and sculpture. She gives help and advice across the range, from beginners to experienced artists."- Stephanie Kamm
"Karen created for me a very happy learning environment with plenty of input at just the right time, while still allowing me to develop my own techniques and skills. Her vast experience is a fantastic source of information and ideas and I thoroughly enjoy every single lesson." - Lucy Harrison