Hannahs Artists and Designers

Hannahs Artists and Designers, HANDS, is a group of resident artists that has drawn together all the artists and makers on the Seale-Hayne site for their mutual benefit and for the benefit of the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust.


Many of our resident artists offer hands-on workshops, ranging from half day to full day, one-offs to regular longer term sessions. Listed below is a selection of the workshops available, please check our artist profiles page by clicking on their name to find their contact details. Some may be able to accomodate workshop requests for dates outside what’s specified below, please contact the artist for further details.

Noni Mackenzie – Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Sara Gilbert – Fridays/Saturdays

Sara Evans – Tuesday evenings/Fridays

Pete Reeves – by arrangement

Hands Exhibition

Work by HANDS (Hannahs Artists and Designers) is normally on display and for sale in the gallery and the gift shop (currently open 10am – 4pm).

Selected work by HANDS artists is currently on display in the Bistro (8am – 10pm).

Facebook: facebook.com/HannahsArtistsDesigners

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    Alison Meaker

    I am a self employed stained glass designer maker and have exhibited in galleries throughout the South West.I also tutor in metal work and jewellery working with adults with special needs as well as for Learn Devon teaching stained glass and recycling jewellery.

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    Amelia Webster

    Portraiture is a great passion of mine and I am constantly asking what makes a portrait great and how can this be achieved. Through studying portraiture, I explore the relationship between the painter and the sitter and how this can influence the way the portrait is portrayed. When making a portrait my goal is for the piece to have presence, as I believe it is this that allows a portrait to come alive.

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    Claire Harmer

    Based in Torbay with her family, Claire is passionate about art, nature and people, she’s in her element when these come together. A teacher and artist, she explores painting, mosaic, printmaking, book binding and most recently, illustration.

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    Framed at Hannahs

    We are a small picture-framing workshop offering a personal service to all our customers.

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    Gavin Blench

    My work deals with the tensions between boundaried space and open space in my local landscape on the edge of Dartmoor. Here I try to capture my first instinctive impressions of the place. Focusing upon the essential components and contrasts that make up a specific landscape, I paint the distinctions between these states in their simplest form.

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    Graham Gilbert

    I have been exhibiting my work since 2007 when, encouraged by my wife (Sara Gilbert, painter and fellow resident artist), I took part in Devon Open Studios at Hazelwood House in our first joint exhibition.

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    Gail Bryant

    I have lived in Devon for twenty-four years. My paternal grandparents worked in the woollen industry in West Yorkshire so it could be said that weaving is in my blood. I have been knitting and sewing for most of my life and studied City and Guild embroidery. I learnt to weave at The Devon Weavers Workshop and completed a textile design course at Bradford College of Art in 2010; my work was shown at New Designers that year.

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    We are an informal group of artists who work with the art team every week in the Experience Warehouse at Seale-Hayne. We work across many different media including ceramics, print-making, collage, weaving, painting and 3D artwork.

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    Kate Andrew

    I am a self taught artist, having spent all my life doodling and dreaming (alongside having a career as an occupational therapist and raising two boys!)

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    Noni Mackenzie

    I’m excited by colour, and love to make fabrics to wear or to decorate the home on my weaving looms. Rainbows and the Dartmoor landscape inspire me and their colours find their way onto my loom.

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    Paul Stratton

    I am a self-taught artist, illustrator and model scenery designer living in Devon. My influences stem from a fascination with all things fantasy, mythological, historical and science-fiction as well as the hobbies of role-playing and war-gaming. I also have a profound love of nature and wildlife which I am able to indulge by taking walks in the countryside or visiting the coast.

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    Pete Reeves

    Pete Reeves came to Plymouth in 1985 whilst serving in the Royal Navy. After an accident at sea in 1992, he was left with a serious back injury and Pete had to reconsider his career.

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    Rob Hills

    Rob Hills studied at Plymouth College of Art and Design from 1992—1996 and furthered his experience working as a Blacksmith and Fabricator for nine years at Dean Forge in Buckfastleigh. In 2006 he set up a workshop in Plymouth at Flameworks Creative Arts Facility where he could develop his passion for steel as an art form. Rob has now moved to his own workshop set within the estate of Hannah’s at Seale Hayne.

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    Sara Evans

    Through its journey from the earth as refined mud to the evolution of an art piece, clay is a wondrous material that I love to use as a medium for expression. Other art materials also fascinate, and I use printmaking, textiles and paint to pursue ideas of transformation. I investigate the depiction of landscape, figurative pieces and individual vessels to delve into themes of belonging, process, and spontaneity.

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    Sara Gilbert

    I worked for several years as a pottery decorator. After the potteries closed and several career changes later I decided to return to education as a mature student to study Fine Art. I graduated from Plymouth College of Art & Design with an honours degree in Fine Art Practices in 2007. Since then I have been painting canvases mostly in acrylic and enjoy the freedom that painting on a large scale gives me.

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    Suzy Fasht

    Suzy Fasht is a painter working with Egg Tempera, Oil and Watercolour. Born in London, she moved to Devon twelve years ago with her family.

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    Tony Gee

    Tony has worked in the arts and as a puppeteer, for over 25 years, touring shows and workshops all over the world.

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