Laura Anderson teaches our Woodcarving course, she is a Waltham Forest based sculptor and woodcarver and graduate of the City & Guilds of London Art School with a diploma in Ornamental Woodcarving and Gilding. Laura combines her knowledge of woodcarving with a background in fine art sculpture, having studied for a Bachelor of Fine Art at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia.
Jordan Abankwah is the Creative Facilitator on Blackhorse Responders, our Creative Activism programme for young people 16-25. He is a Graphic Arts graduate with extensive experience working in the charity sector with organisations such as Help Refugees UK and Citizens UK on projects to reduce youth violence and empowering neighbourhoods for change.
Christina French teaches woodwork inductions and the Hanging Ladder Shelf Course. She is a joiner who trained at the Building Crafts College in Stratford. She has been a member at Blackhorse Workshop since 2016 where she works on bespoke carpentry commissions, specifically working with locally sourced hardwood timber.
Enrique Melin teaches Woodturning and our Woodwork inductions, as well as running making sessions for local secondary schools and groups. He is also one of our Workshop Technicians. He is a furniture maker and woodturner, and runs his own business making bespoke pieces. Being a long-term member, he is also very passionate about the life of the workshop and was involved in the build of the new extension and the Blackhorse Sideshow project.
Toby Poolman teaches the Make Stuff club for kids. He is one of the workshop’s Senior Technicians who originally trained as a furniture designer/maker, and has since worked as furniture maker, timber-frame building craftsman and college lecturer.
Lauren Wilson teaches our Welding and Metal Fabrication courses. Lauren completed a BA Honours in Fine Art at University College Falmouth in 2012, and graduated from The Slade School of Art in 2014 with a MFA in Sculpture. Her work has been shown at Saatchi New Sensations, Bosse and Baum Gallery, WORK gallery, and at the National Sculpture Symposium. Selected awards include The Wilhelmina Barnes Graham Scholarship, Number Eight Bursary and The Clare Winston Memorial Award. Lauren has attended international residencies, and is a visiting lecturer at AUB, Watts Gallery and the University of Gloucestershire. In 2017 Lauren received the Royal Society of Sculptors award.
Ellen Galloway teaches our Introduction to Leatherworking course. Ellen originally trained in fashion design and worked in costume in west end musical theatre for many years. She now uses traditional saddlery techniques and materials to produce a range of high quality leather products in her workshop, based here in Walthamstow.