Eleanor Glover
Eleanor Glover

I realise that in any adult group there will be a broad spectrum of experience and confidence. I work with every student individually making sure that each has a worthwhile and stimulating experience. I also make every effort to ensure that the creative and social experience of working together is truly enjoyable for the group.

What will students gain if they come on one of your courses?

Students will be offered an exciting creative experience and a chance to experiment with and develop their own ideas. They be supported and guided in their making activities and encouraged to make pieces of work which reflect their personal interests. They will experience full support, encouragement and advice whether they are already experienced or completely new to the area of study. Intrinsic to each course I also offer a solid grounding of useful techniques and working methods for the subject chosen, through demonstrations, workshops and illustrated lectures.

Are there any particular techniques/processes you use in your teaching?

I include a wide variety of demonstrations and workshops within my courses and share discoveries with students that I have found exciting and stimulating. I also bring many examples and samples with me and my own collection of books to share and consult. I am particularly keen to impart a spirit of adventure and experimentation believing that the creative journey is as important as a finished product

What inspires your own work?

My life, the lives of others, literature and poetry, eastern European toy making and animation, the cardboard maquettes of Picasso, the paper cuts of Matisse and so much more.

Where can students see examples of your work?

I exhibit my work regularly at Contemporary Applied Arts and other galleries throughout the UK. I also carry out commissions for healthcare environments recently including Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and the Royal United Hospital Bath.

You can see some excerpts from Eleanor Glover's latest suitcase shadow puppet show, The Constant Tin Soldier, on YouTube

Where did you gain your training?

I have a degree in graphic design and illustration from Manchester College of Art and Design and after that worked as a signing systems designer and book designer. I then gained a Crafts Council apprenticeship to the wooden toymaker Ron Fuller. Since then I have worked for 35 years as a designer/ maker learning from my own experience, from life itself and from each piece of work, commission and project I undertake.

Teaching experience:

I have over 20 years experience as a visiting teacher in universities, schools and in the community. At present I am an occasional visiting Lecturer at UWIC (see below), I also work in schools at all levels as a visiting artist and am co-leader of a creativity group attached to a doctor’s surgery in Bristol. 1993- 2002 Senior Associate Lecturer in Graphic Communication at UWIC (Cardiff) 2002-3 Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Textile Practice at UWIC (Cardiff)

Is your work in any public or private collections?

My work is held in the public collections of The Crafts Council, Portsmouth City Museum and Art Gallery, and The Contemporary Arts Society. It is also in several private collections. Please see my website for further details.

>Have you written any books/had articles published?

My work is featured in the catalogue to my 2006/7 solo national touring exhibition curated by Ruthin Craft Centre, ISBN 1-900941 95 3

Do you belong to any professional groups/societies?

Since 1986 I have been a studio member of Centrespace, a cooperative of artists and designers based in Bristol.