Toni’s Teaching CV


I hold a current DBS check, my first aid is up to date and I have a level 3 teaching qualification (Education and Training Award), along with over 20 years experience teaching adults. I have been running my craft business for over 12 years. REVIEWS.

CG Crafts HQ – (My garden workshop) – over the four years I have been specialised in tailored classes based in my Colchester garden workshop, this has given my students and I the freedom to plan classes at dates and times to suit; and the bit I like best, with the flexibility to cover topics just for you.  I’ve had students visit from Great Yarmouth, Ramsgate, Brighton, Croydon, Cornwall, Peterborough an even overseas from India and America.   In 2015 I organised my first summer school, based around the lovely Annette who came all the way from America to take part in my classes (amongst other things in her schedule!) I hope this aspect of my business will continue to flourish as I find it challenging and rewarding, plus I’ve met some fabulous crafters!

SIMPLY HANDMADE – 2018 to present. I have been running classes with Simply Handmade since the end of 2018. We have classes planned in Enamelling, Silver clay and Encaustic art for 2019.

BRIGHT LIVES CIC – 2018 to present.  At the end of 2017, I was asked to run a weekly art class for adults with learning difficulties at this independent centre. Although it is a slightly different set of classes to my usual crafts, it has been a rewarding experience and keeps me on my toes. It is great to see how this group of learners develop.

FSC Flatford Mill – 2016 to present.  I am now an associate tutor for the Field Studies Council (FSC), I  run day classes in Enamelling, Encaustic art and Feltmaking as well as a weekend Enamelling and silver clay class.

Abberton Reservoir (Wildlife Trust) – 2013 to 2017.  Evening and daytime workshops in Enamelling, Encaustic Art, and Felt Making.

East Hanningfield Reservoir (WT) – 2013/2014.  Half day workshops in Enamelling, Encaustic Art and Felt Making.

Belstead House, Ipswich – 2007 to 2012 (when it sadly closed down).  Encaustic Art, Enamelling, Feltmaking, Cardmaking, Beadmaking.  Sadly this venue closed in 2012.

Weidman Glass Studio (formerly Glass From the Past), Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay – 2011 to present.  Enamelling for Beginners, Enamelling for Improvers.

Hylands House – 2009 to 2015 (now a wedding venue). Encaustic Art, Enamelling, Feltmaking, Cardmaking, Beadmaking.

Deborah Beads,Colchester – 2011 to present.  Enamelling, Lampwork (Making Glass beads), Polymer Clay Beads, Jewellery from Felt and Friendly Plastic.  Now also Silver clay for beginners.

Handmade High St, Colchester – 2012 (closed at the end of 2012).  Encaustic Art, Feltmaking, Enamelling, Polymer Clay Beads, Classes for Children.

Howbridge Junior School, Witham – January 2012. Encaustic Art with Afterschool art class.

The Artshed, Ware, 2010.  Enamelling.

Urchfont Manor, Devizes – 2006.  Encaustic Art.

Wiltshire Scrapstore and Resource Centre 2000 to 2005.   Various courses including Encaustic Art and Junk modelling.   I also organised and ran the training programme for this charity.


Howbridge Junior School, Witham – January 2012.  Encaustic Art with Afterschool art class.

Gosbecks Primary School, Colchester – March 2013.  Encaustic Art with Year 1 class.


Romford Based Brownies, 2008– Encaustic Art Sessions.

Ipswich Brownies, 2007 – Encaustic Art Clocks.

WOW event – 100 years of Guiding at Tendring Showground, May 2010 – Cardmaking for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.

Special Venues

Colchester Community Housing Project – Christmas workshop with local families 2013

St Helena Hospice – 2006 to 2008.  Encaustic Art for Day care patients. 2013 – Encaustic art workshop.

Other Events and Groups

Youth Enquiry Service, Colchester. November 2015 – craft projects with the Youth Forum and volunteers

Havering Summer Uni Summer 2008 and 2009 – Children’s Key stage activities, Native American crafts, Encaustic Art,

Havering Summer Uni Summer 2008 and 2009 – Children’s Key stage activities, Native American crafts, Encaustic Art, Sizzling Summer Fun.

W.I and Ladies Groups

I’ve organised a number of one off workshops for local Community Groups, W.I and other ladies groups, and groups of friends who want to learn a new skill! These include: Iris folding, Making Dreamcatchers, Encaustic Art.

What I can offer you

I design and deliver various craft courses including enamelling, encaustic art, felt making, flamework/lampwork and silver clay.  On occasion I also offer cardmaking and polymer clay jewellery classes, which work well for larger groups with less time to create.  If you are interested in any of these courses; either to just have fun, or to learn new skills;  perhaps you have a group of friends who want to learn a new craft,  a class at school who you’d like to teach a new art skill, or a hen party to entertain, please Contact Me.