Earlier this year Sarah Colbourne artist and experienced drawing tutor at Brighton University volunteered to host six Drawing Circle sessions providing tranquil space, guidance and inspiration for participants to develop or reconnect with their drawing skills. These sessions were really well attended and people valued the opportunity to take time out and try new and experimental ways of mark making.

In August we invited Tanya Lewis from Star Pottery in Lewes and her daughters Kate and Rosie to help PLOT volunteers make clay Ollas – these are traditional irrigation jars and when buried in the soil ensure water gets to the plant roots with minimal evaporation. We plan to use these in our raised beds next year to help our vegetables grow bountifully!

In October Katherine Antoun, one of our regular Friday volunteers and Tina Allonby led a lantern making workshop. These lanterns will help light up the PLOT for future evening events.

These sessions were very popular with our current volunteers and so in December Tina and Katherine ran sessions on printmaking and wreath making using materials found in the garden. We hope to run more creative sessions like this in 2014.

We are very grateful to Sarah, Tanya, Rosie, Kate, Katherine and Tina for donating their time to share their skills with us. We’d also like to thank Mohamed Hamid at Star Pottery in Lewes for providing us with clay and kiln facilities at very low cost. THANK YOU!