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'Useful Parallels' day teaching at the Art Workers Guild

I invited my group to make a small hand stitched leather wallet.

As time was short, I had prepared the leather blanks and each student was given a pattern from which to work. The pattern showed how to mark out the stitch holes and the position of a Sam Browne stud.I invited my group to make a small hand stitched leather wallet.

As time was short, I had prepared the leather blanks and each student was given a pattern from which to work. The pattern showed how to mark out the stitch holes and the position of a Sam Browne stud.



I have been invited to teach for a few years at an annual Art Workers Guild 'Useful Parallels' day. The past few years a number of colleges teaching degree level ceramics have participated in the event, including Clay College in Stoke.

Around eight differently skilled brothers of the guild had stations in the main hall. Students were split into groups of around six to eight and took it in turns visiting the different stations in the morning session.

Students were given an introductory talk on each skill and were able to look at pieces of work made by the art worker.


For the afternoon session, students were invited to choose a station where they were able to handle the tools and materials and make a piece of work.

I invited my group to make a small hand stitched leather wallet.

As time was short, I had prepared the leather blanks and each student was given a pattern from which to work. The pattern showed how to mark out the stitch holes and the position of a Sam Browne stud.

All the students did very well and were able to complete the wallet in the limited time.

I was really pleased to meet a few of the students in Stoke a year later and they showed me their wallets being used.



Photographs by brother Nick Carter

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