Our Tutors:

Mandy Smith

Mandy has always had a very keen interest in Art and Crafts from an early age and inspired by the beautiful surrounding of her home town Bournville, Birmingham, where after studying Floristry NVQ Levels I, II and III opened and managed her own Floristry business.

Later on in life, having very strong connections with the South West and raising her family, she then relocated to Wiltshire, where finding more spare time to concentrate on Art attended Wiltshire College of Art and Design and gained a B-TEC National Diploma in Art and Design and A-Level Art.  This was all that was needed to rekindle the passion for Art.

After setting up her own Art Studio, she successfully exhibited works of Art in the British Royal Academy in her chosen medium of oils on several occasions and consequently is an honorary member.

Mandy then relocated to Cornwall where this passion has grown.  She now concentrates on Art and Craft full-time, turning her hand to many different aspects and now, to our delight, has joined us at Crafts @ Gorfenna.

Anne Thomas

Anne began making baskets about 10 years ago as a hobby but which over the last year or so has developed into a bit more than that and she now runs a small business under the name 'Wicca Work'.  She did all her initial training with Carol Horsington from Middlewood, who is still her mentor and support, but she has also learned from many other highly skilled basketmakers.  Anne joined Basketmakers Southwest right from the start, which is a great support network offering workshops and courses and a quarterly newsletter - of which she is now the Editor.  Anne's main interests in working with willow have developed from a love of gardening - so wigwams, plant protectors and plant pot covers are all things she loves developing and making.  As well as willow, Anne loves working with rush - it's so soft and supple and weaves beautifully into small baskets, boxes, hats among many other things.  As an experienced teacher in other areas, it was only natural that she begin to pass on her love for willow and rush weaving.

Rosemary Farley 

Prior to moving to Cornwall, Rosemary trained as a Craft Teacher and is a former member of the Guild of Potters.  Throughout her working life, craft has played an important role whether it be dressmaking, cooking, wood turning, silver smithing or silk painting. Rosemary is the very versitile owner of Crafts@Gorfenna and runs a very successful small-holding.

Anita King

Born and raised in South-east Cornwall, Anita has many creative aspects to her personality which have been inspired by the beautiful Cornish Countryside.  She has a wide experience of traditional crafts - including many handed down to her by her Grandmother.  Anita's particular chosen medium focuses on knitting, crochet, paper-crafts and delicate embroidery.  As a tutor, Anita is meticulous in her instruction, quietly reassuring her fellow crafters in their chosen topic and willing to pass on her skills. 

Lesley Redfern-Phillips

Although Lesley's original background was very different to her current lifestyle, she relocated from Essex to Cornwall in 2010.  Lesley has always had an interest in crafts, inspired by her father who was an amateur artist.  Her mother was a seamstress and taught her how to make her own clothes from an early age.  Since moving to Cornwall, Lesley's preferred crafting is folk art and cold porcelain modelling as well as working on shabby-chic projects. Lesley is also our administrator, organising our Craft Fayres and maintaining our website.