Meet the Tutors

Sue Barnes

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.

Sue leads the Explore Design Stitch courses here at Shore Cottage Studio.

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To see what Sue is up to in the studio click here for blog posts about her work and courses.


Laura Heath

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.

Having devoted the early part of her education and career to science Laura hopes to inspire students who have come to art later in life. Having left academia Laura enrolled on an HNC Photography course to explore her artistic side and has since had works in group exhibitions in Birkenhead and Liverpool as well as published in print and digital media.

Laura wrangles the social side of Shore Cottage Studio which includes authoring our blog (which is updated Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and curating the Facebook, Pinterest, Vine, and Twitter accounts.

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.


Kris Heath

Kris Heath is a former industrial chemist who gained a 1st class Fine Art degree in his late twenties. Kris’ degree show was featured in the Northern Graduates show at the Curwen Gallery in London, and he was also featured in the Financial Times as an up-and-coming artist in an article on recession busting art, while exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair.

He has several video and canvas pieces in private collections, and has exhibited his work in London, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Liverpool.

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.

To see some of Kris’ work, click here for related blog posts.