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"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out"

Ray Bradbury, Author and Screenwriter


Every one of the tutors at Curious House is an extraordinarily creative teacher. We begin by taking a moment to become present and focus on the time we will spend together to the exclusion of all else. Mobile phones are left at the door - this is your day.

Teaching begins at 10am but feel free to arrive any time from 9.30am to catch your breath and start your day in a relaxed and receptive frame of mind.
A delicious light lunch will be served at 12.30pm and tea will flow throughout the day. Our creative courses are scheduled to finish at 3.30pm.

The fee for each course is £95 to include lunch and refreshments.
The cost of materials varies, depending on the course.

If you would like to book an exclusive retreat for a hen do or a special day with friends, please ask. there are a number of courses we can organise with weekend options including, with enough notice, ACCOMMODATION.

To find out more about the courses or to book your place, please either complete the contact form or call Philippa on 07747 106929 or
01435 884806 or email

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Create your own Charleston inspired lampshade
Jane McCall - thursday 18 OCTOBER 2018

Learn how to emulate the distinctive decorative style of the Bloomsbury set. 

Much of Jane’s work as a potter and artist has been inspired by that of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Their home, Charleston Farmhouse, is her creative retreat and the Charleston shop could not get enough of Jane’s pottery when she was an active potter. Jane leaves a trail of avid collectors in her wake. 

Our morning will be spent exploring the iconic ’Bloomsbury’ patterns and adapting them to design your own lampshade. Armed with plenty of inspiration Jane will guide you through the technique of loose painting and free flow design, painting on to linen or paper. Your creation will be left to dry over lunch and the afternoon session will be spent making a 30cms diameter drum lampshade to grace your home. By the end of the course you will have the skills to make more lampshades independently at home.

£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers limited to 8
No previous experience required

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CLARE DALES - friday 9 NOVEMBER 2018

What better way to hide the tickets for that surprise get-away, the map where the pony will be, or just to brighten your table.

The day will begin by learning how to design a small gift tag, master cutting, and how to introduce pattern into your work. After experimenting with printing and layering colour, we'll design and print our own crackers for you to take away and fill with something special. 

Clare is a well-known artist and author, she runs a small design and print company on the South Coast, and trained in Architecture.  She makes carefully crafted lino prints, inspired by architecture, microscopic natural forms, patterns and landscape. Sharing her knowledge and skill, Clare loves to inspire others to try their hand at this age old and immensely rewarding art-form. All materials you will need are provided and there will be an opportunity to purchase a box of essential equipment to take away with you.  

£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers limited to 8

No previous experience required

If you have any particular motif or design you might like to try, please bring this printed on paper only as we can not replicate digital designs - eg something on your phone.F

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DEBBIE SINISKA - saturday 10 NOVEMBER 2018

A day dedicated to learning the art of felting to make a beautiful pair of slippers

Debbie will share her love of colour and felting as she takes you through a day creating your very own felt slippers. 

An ancient fabric, felt has no warp or weft so doesn’t fray and gives almost instant gratification. Debbie will teach you how to felt from raw wool guide you through the endless possibilities of colour blending. You will then use the felt to create slippers that are your own design and totally individual.

At the end of the day you will go home with a pair of toasty and robust slippers that will give you warmth and comfort for years.

Debbie is a talented textile artist whose work has been enjoyed at the V&A, Charleston Farmhouse and Tate Gallery shops. She has also appeared with Kirstie Allsopp on Handmade Homes for Channel 4. 

£95 plus £10 for materials. Numbers limited to 8
No previous experience required.


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Learn 'Modern Calligraphy' a relaxed and contemporary use of beautiful handwriting.

Designed for complete beginners, or those wanting to refresh their skills, this delightful experience of gentle focused learning in a beautiful setting will certainly ensure an enjoyable day.  It’s not about perfection, it’s about starting and a taking a very relaxed approached to the arc.

In the morning, we will learn about penholders, nibs, inks and papers types and begin by practising basis nib strokes, which will lead to letter formation moving on to joined up words.

After a delicious lunch, we will work on a written quote or phrase using your newly acquired skills and give you fresh ideas to practise. You will also have the opportunity to work with white and gold inks on coloured papers which is an exciting way to see your work transform.

Lucy has always loved handwriting and all things stationery, so discovering the new version of calligraphy means it is no longer exclusive and achievable by a select few. It can be learnt, practised and enjoyed by anyone. When not writing, Lucy is a Lifestyle Stylist and Art Director.

£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers are limited to 8. 

No previous experience required.

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ANNA O’NEILL - THURSDAY 29 November 2018

Design and print your own linen table runner or 4 napkins for Christmas or year round.

Anna will share her passion for design, guiding you through the process of designing and cutting paper stencils to screen print your own unique two colour linen table runner or napkins. (Runners are 48cms x 140cms and napkins are 48cms square). A perfect time to choose a Christmas theme or a design you can use every day. Come with your own design ideas or be inspired by Anna on the day.

An experienced teacher, Anna has run workshops for a number of organisations including The National Trust and Charleston Farmhouse. She has a Degree in Fine Art Printmaking and a Masters in Sequential Design Illustration both from Brighton University. Anna’s business, Box Room Press, was conceived and born at home in 2013 where she designs and creates contemporary, colourful screen printed greetings cards, prints, tea towels, cushions, pencil cases, aprons and fortune tellers.

£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers limited to 8

No previous experience required.


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NIcola bains - friday 14 DECEMBER 2018

Take a breather in the run up to Christmas and join us for a festive morning making your own, unique, luxury wreath.

There is little more satisfying than having a beautiful adornment in your home that you have made yourself from scratch! Stonegate florist, Nicky Gaffney will show you how to make a traditional moss base and then how to attach fresh, often locally foraged foliage. Let your creativity run riot with the final flourish of adding an array of decorative “toppings”, choosing from the traditional pinecones, fruit and spice to feathers, stars, thistles and berries, all finished off with a beautiful ribbon. There will be plenty of hands-on assistance and no experience is necessary.

Sometimes a lawyer but with a passion for flowers, Nicky retrained as a florist five years ago and now offers bespoke flowers for weddings, events and the home. 

£75 plus £15 for materials. Numbers limited to 8

Timings for this course are 9.30am to 2.30pm including a light lunch.