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August 2013

Puppet Carving Workshop

We spent an idyllic week in Devon: one half of Thingumajig Theatre had a camping holiday catching up on reading, knitting and beach walks while the other half took a week-long puppet carving class taught by John Roberts of Puppet Craft.

I’ve always loved the look and feel of a wood carved puppet but never felt I had the time or the right tools to use this technique for a show. I studied some mask carving in Bali in 1999–it was a fantastic experience but I didn’t leave with the confidence to carry it on into my puppet making.

I’ve heard about John’s carving classes and have been inspired by several friends who have taken his classes when he taught them at Horse and Bamboo. So this year, I finally made the time to sign up and I’m so glad I did!

We had a full on week with a lovely group of artists from throughout the country. John was a very open and patient hands-on teacher, stopping to teach whenever one of the students came to a new step. The best part was to be in the right environment, with the right tools, with encouraging people and the time to experiment and learn. Such a great use of a week!

My only regret is that we’ve been so full on since the class, I haven’t had time to finish my Monkey puppet and try out my new skills!



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Thingumajig TheatreTuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 11:29am
Plucky out and about helping Preston with their Easter events launch!
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Thingumajig TheatreThursday, March 15th, 2018 at 10:21pm
Love this photo by Alex Griffin of Hero the firefighting dog we made in our workshop in Santa Barbara. Really captures the energy!
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Thingumajig TheatreWednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 2:58pm
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Thingumajig TheatreMonday, March 5th, 2018 at 7:30am
Fab final presentation today of the 2 puppets we made with local artists in our 10-day giant workshop for Puppetpaloozasb sponsored by The Squire Foundation Summer Solstice Celebration Great project, lovely, talented people. Let's do it again!
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Thingumajig TheatreSaturday, February 24th, 2018 at 5:42pm
Day 6: Heads now off the moulds, body sculpting under way. Puppetpaloozasb The Squire Foundation Summer Solstice Celebration
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Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 2:03pm
RT @guildcityevents: #EggRolling practice at our programme launch today from Stoneygate Nursery & @Ststephenslancs Not forgetting Plucky th…
Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 7:15pm
Love this photo by @Griff_da_Viking of Hero the firefighting dog we made in our workshop in… https://t.co/aHx7RkWwJ6
Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 11:59pm
On our way back from Santa Barbara where we taught a 10-day #giantpuppet workshop making these 2 beauties with 10 l… https://t.co/pu0mJfx08Y


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