Learn hands-on at Artisans on the Hill
Peter and Christine Calabria, owners of Artisans Gallery on the Hill, Mondrook, NSWWANT to make a glass platter? How about a small rolling pin, perfect for dumplings? Or a wooden stool, starting from scratch? Maybe a simple kite or candle?
All of those things are possible at Peter and Christine Calabria’s unique gallery-workshop-homestay, Artisans on the Hill, in Tinonee (Mondrook) in the foothills of the Barrington Tops just west of Taree.
The talented couple opened their business nearly seven years ago as they sought to move out of Sydney and create a small business they could enjoy.
The three accommodation units are comfortable and the open-plan dining and kitchen area is spacious. The separate workshop in the back of the premises is modern and equipped with a large variety of tools and materials necessary for the wide array of classes. And the gallery adjacent to the main building is small but full of a wide range of artworks, from craft to wood to paintings, textiles and cards.
The workshops are meant to handle a maximum of eight people, allowing everybody to get personalised instruction.
“Everybody is hands-on while they are here,” Peter says.
Even the novice is treated with respect.
“We want to bring a person in – the first class might be three-and-a-half hours – learn, make it, and walk away with a piece they made. We can do candle-making in an hour and a half. If it’s woodwork, you can make a bowl by the end of the day,” Christine says.
Those looking for a more in-depth learning experience can stay overnight and take a class over a couple of days. Glasswork, for instance, takes longer, with kilns needing about 18 hours to fire properly.
The Calabrias could not be happier with their decision to move to the country.
“You get some fascinating people. It’s fun,” Christine says.
Dr Jim Frazier “crystal art” lithograph, Artisans on the Hill Gallery, Mondrook, NSW
The gallery features work from a huge cast of Barrington area artisans, including Dr Jim Frazier, inventor of several revolutionary camera lenses used in the film industry; naturalist Densey Clyne, chair maker Harold Archbold (who runs the stool workshops), watercolour artist Katherine Castle, quilt maker Kathy Rossiter and sculptor Lewis Alessandro.
The Calabrias know their products and producers. If you don’t want to take a class, it’s a great place to have a cup of coffee, browse and enjoy the view.
Artisans on the Hill Gallery, 702 Tinonee Road, Mondrook, 6553 1199, artisansonthehill上海龙凤论坛m.au.