Tony Hall and Lois Hopwood combine 50 years of high-profile practice in Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Animation and Model Making.
Tony Collier’s collaborative arts experience is as an artist, entrepreneur and collector of 20th.Century British Art.
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty Castle Hill Arts welcomes visitors who want to enjoy a day out, as much as those who would like to participate in a course, or purchase work.
Well known as one of the UK’s leading big pot throwers Tony has created a unique range of distinctive ceramics from exceptional large-scale outdoor pots suitable for the finest of country houses to straightforward hand thrown tableware such as his distinctive white ware.
Having trained in Britain and France Tony developed his career at Whichford Pottery in Oxfordshire where he was chief thrower before establishing The Pottery at Castle Hill Studios.
While maintaining The Tony Hall Pottery as his core interest, Tony has branched into innovative complimentary areas of work including sculpture and place making by introducing large-scale three-dimensional work into urban and rural locations.
Tony is an experienced workshop leader and course coordinator as well as exceptional ceramic artist. He manages the conservation aspects of the farm.
Trained in Fine Art at Newcastle University and Tapestry Conservation with the Historic Royal Palaces Agency, set design at the National Film and Television School Lois has developed a distinctive career in a complimentary set of skills and is an experienced tutor.
Painting and drawing have always been at the heart of her work and she has exhibited regularly throughout the UK in group and one person shows. The breadth and depth of her interests manifest themselves in the innovative ideas she is pursuing especially those related to the natural landscape of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Radnorshire.
Her cross art form interests extend into animation and film work as well as working closely with Tony developing an exceptional range of unique and distinctive commemorative sgrafito decorated pots many of which commemorate special occasions.
Professor Emeritus Tony Collier contributes to Castle Hill Arts as an artist and advisor on multi art form projects but particularly with his knowledge and insight into 20th.Century British paintings.
In conjunction with Tony and Lois, Castle Hill Arts offers a limited range of specially chosen 20th. century works of art, all specifically selected on a personal basis for their quality, often reflecting some of the foremost names in British painting.
While trained as an architect Tony has a widespread experience of the arts and has been a Trustee of such distinguished arts organisations as the Midlands Arts Centre and the Sidney Nolan Trust.
Tony and Lois work with a range of artists and organisations to ensure that any course or workshop is run to the highest standards. Their workshop experience includes setting up, running and tutoring courses and workshops in schools, community centres and public events as well as at Castle Hill Studios.
Workshops and Courses at the Studios.
- Figure Drawing
- Landscape painting and drawing
- Animation for young people
- Model making with young people
- Pottery at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels