About the Studio
Where to find us
Here is a useful interactive map showing where we are in the UK, by clicking on the pin you can zoom in – centred on our studio or choose to find directions (which you can save or print) from your chosen starting point. If you have a Sat Nav our address is Shore Cottage Studio, Station Road, Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 0HN.
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Accessibility Guide PDF – Click here for a PDF document detailing access to and around Shore Cottage Studio.
We are under an hour’s drive from both Manchester Airport and Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport. You can drive from Central London or Cardiff in about 4 hours and Edinburgh in 4½. If you prefer to travel by train Liverpool Lime Street is our nearest mainline station with journey times from London being a touch over 2 hours, journeying on from Lime Street involves a smaller Merseyrail train to West Kirby (30 minutes) and a 10 minute taxi ride or a 30 minute taxi door to door.
The studio itself is situated on the shore at the bottom of boulder clay cliffs in a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. Our truly unique setting allows us to feel like we are in the middle of nowhere, and indeed we are cut off by the tides twice a day. Parking is available at the nearby Thurstaston Country Park for a charge of £2 per day. The studio is accessed by a public footpath of steps with a handrail leading down the cliff onto the shore. There is then a short walk along the beach and a further few steps up into the grounds of Shore Cottage.
All of our courses are designed to make the most of our stunning and unique location and therefore involve some time for you to walk along the shore sketching, photographing, collecting and interacting with the environment. If you would find accessing the studio or this interaction with the coast difficult for whatever reason we would love you to contact us to see if we can come up with any adjustments or solutions together.
Meet the Tutors
Because of his chemistry background, Kris enjoys numbers and order systems, and has a passion for fonts, typography, sculpture and photography, as well as skip-diving for inspirational finds.
Laura Heath was fortunate enough to grow up here at Shore Cottage and jumped at the chance to move back home and teach creative courses. A former forensic scientist with almost 10 years lecturing experience at University level, Laura is known for her innovative teaching methods and student centred approach.
Laura leads the Photographing Natural Texture and Detail course and the Miniature Fused Glass Seascapes course here at Shore Cottage Studio.
To see what Laura is up to in the studio click here for blog posts about her work and courses.
Sue Barnes has lived and worked at Shore Cottage since she and her husband rescued it from dereliction in 1982. Her lifelong love of textiles prompted her to enrol in the City & Guilds’ Embroidery course, which then led to her studying Constructed Textiles at JMU. She graduated in 2003 with a BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textile Design.
In order to broaden her practice she went on to complete a Mixed Media Sculpture course before embarking on a study tour of India to participate in dyeing, printing and weaving workshops in Rajasthan. Her passion for collecting can be seen in her work, where she combines beach finds and rusted metal together with simple stitches to create her seashore-inspired cloth.
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Contact us / Get in Touch
Shore Cottage Studio Ltd.
Telephone 0151 648 6581
E-mail Laura, Kris, and Sue