Waunifor is an atmospheric four acre site set in an idyllic rural location, dedicated to creativity, education, sustainability, health and well being and other activities.
There are six stone cottages (your accommodation for Crafty Breaks), an old mansion house and some new eco-friendly buildings, as well as a variety of gardens and natural wildlife areas.
We run various residential workshops and seminars and provide facilities and activities for local groups and people. We also let the cottages for holidays, host events for a variety of organisations, and cater for parties and celebrations. To find out more about Waunifor, and see lots of pictures and details of other events go to our main site www.waunifor.com.
Lisette Chesshire (BA, cert ed.) - Craft tutor
A graduate of Oxford University (who briefly worked as an actress in rep. and theatre-in-education) Lisette spent some years teaching in schools before settling in Birmingham and raising a family. She learnt the craft of pottery there at Stone Hall Adult Education Centre; then became the tutor, and spent ten happy years teaching pottery and crafts to adults, including groups with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. She also ran classes for families, teachers and in local schools. Most of her students came purely to enjoy themselves, but a good number also studied for and achieved a City and Guilds in Pottery.
When she moved to West Wales in 2000, she set up her own craft and pottery studio at Waunifor, and setting up courses was a natural addition to producing her own work; with Waunifor already having accommodation and catering facilities, Crafty Breaks was born. She also ran classes and workshops for local people. She has always felt passionate about allowing people to discover their own creativity, as she has observed how this enhances their well being.
However in 2012, after ten years running the Studio at Waunifor, Lisette decided to concentrate more on her own work, and from her new workshop at home she makes beautiful, hand painted individual ceramic house names, which can be seen on her website www.ceramichousesigns.co.uk She also enjoys making jewellery, mosaics and felt items. She continues to enjoy tutoring all the other crafts offered at Waunifor to individuals, families and groups in the Rendezvous.
David Small – Pottery tutor
David learnt his craft the time honoured way by working as an assistant from the age of 16 in several leading potters in London and the South East counties, serving as an apprentice backed by the Crafts Council. By the age of 20 he was already working as a production thrower.
His love of gardening lead him to establish his own pottery in 1987 producing hand thrown gardenware. The high caliber of his work led to many solo exhibitions at the Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Flower Show and at RHS Wisley.
His work combines a number of techniques from slip trailing, wax resist, glaze trailing, scraffito, embossing with European, Celtic, African and Japanese influences. Each of his many patterns are imbued with meanings from his spiritual quest and his production skills allow versatility of expression. David also makes figurative work and enjoys the challenge of large thrown pieces and he continues to produce vessels and fountains for the lovely gardens that surround the studio.
His work has strong appeal to collectors who understand the language and form of studio ceramics and are inspired by ancient skills embodied in bold simplicity.
Since January 2012 David has been potter in residence at Waunifor and as well as producing his own work he teaches ‘throwing on the wheel’ pottery classes and workshops to individuals, families and groups and runs residential courses.
Waunifor and Crafty Breaks are both members of the Teifi Valley Tourism Association, www.teifivalleyholidays.co.uk