Peter and Christine Calabria – Artisans on the hill

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Peter and Christine Calabria from Artisans on the Hill will host an exciting and unique Artisans Expo from February 22 – 24. Skills that will be demonstrated at the Expo include woodwork, glass blowing, jewellery making, blacksmithing and creating musical instruments; plus there’ll be an opportunity to stock up on tools and supplies. School and TAFE students, inexperienced or experienced artisans – you’re all welcome!

What is the aim of the Artisans Expo you’re holding at Artisans on the Hill on February 22, 23 and 24? Artisans Expo is a dynamic showcase of skills by some of Australia’s top artisans, plus a chance to pick up supplies and tips from specialty retailers providing tools and consumables.

We also wanted to provide schools an opportunity to expose technical and art students to a variety of skills and ideas in the one place at the one time. Teachers will also find it an invaluable resource. We believe Artisans Expo is unique in Australia.

Who are some of the demonstrators/experts that will be present over the course of the expo? The list of Artisans is a who’s who of talent!

Peter Minson is a third generation glass blower. Peter continues to amaze with his manipulation of this wonderful medium, and he will run a glass blowing workshop on the Monday.

Alan Williams can count British royalty and US Presidents among collectors of his work! Made from a single, solid piece of timber, they can take many months to complete. Alan will run a two day workshop after the Expo.

Doug Moseley will be working his Blacksmith forge during the Expo; Howard Archbold will show you how to create finely crafted chairs from green timber using only hand tools and a foot operated lathe; Warren Targett is an internationally acclaimed luthier and musician; Vivienne Scott creates semi-precious jewellery; Peter Calabria will demonstrate woodturning; and Christine Calabria will create pure silver jewellery from Precious Metal Clay!

Plus, there’ll be demonstrations of candle making, scroll saw, pyrography, sculpting, box making and lots more.

What is the cost to enter the expo, and where will the funds raised from these entry fees go? There is a $5 entry fee to attend Artisans Expo on each of the three days. Half of this will go to the Taree Rescue Squad to support the great work they do in the community. This organisation comprises all volunteers, receives little or no government funding, yet does vital work at bad motor vehicle accidents and incidents requiring often dangerous rescue situations.

There will also be a BBQ stall running, with all proceeds going to local charity.

For those not familiar with the area, where exactly is Artisans on the Hill located? Artisans On The Hill is at 702 Tinonee Road, Mondrook (between Wingham and Tinonee).

Those coming from the Pacific Highway should take the southern Taree exit and continue along the Bucketts Way to Tinonee, then follow the signs to Mondrook.

There is an easy to follow map and directions and brochure you can download from www.artisansonthehill.com.au

Will people need to RSVP to attend the expo, and if so, what is the best way to do this? Artisans Expo opens to the public at 10am each day, closing at 4pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on the Sunday.

There is no need to book for general admission; however, schools and bus groups should contact Artisans to arrange an arrival time. You can contact Peter or Christine on (02) 6553 1199, email expo@artisansonthehill.com.au or simply call in to Artisans On The Hill.

Thanks Peter and Christine.Interview by Jo Atkins.

This article can be found in issue 87 of Greater Port Macquarie Focus

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