Pencil brush (Ōtepoti)

26th October, 3pm-5pm.

Learn how to make a small versatile brush using wood and fibres sourced from local surrounds. Starting by making a very fine tī kōuka cord using a European twining technique, this workshop also teaches skills in fibre preparation and extraction, basic hole drilling, and a useful lashing technique. These little brushes are useful in many ways, including in the kitchen for oiling pans, in the workshop for oiling wood, for applying slip to pottery, or for childrens’ water painting.

Please note: 

  • All materials and tools will be provided.

  • Please bring an intention or job for your brush and if time allows we can work to tweak the brush for the specific job.

  • This workshop is suitable for adults only.

Workshops will be held at the O Block Hub at Dunedin School of Art Otago Polytechnic on Anzac Ave (entrance beside the Anzac Ave Bridge, parking is available in Minerva street opposite). More detailed information will be provided prior to the workshop.


Based in Mohua Golden Bay, Gemma Stratton works predominantly as a brush maker. She majored in sculpture at the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts where her practice focused on making tools and devices to assist her colleagues with their work. She weaves her long-held dedication to resourcefulness into everything she does. Gemma is teaching hand brush, pencil brush, whisk brush, and wreath-making.


Bookings are non-refundable. If for any reason (this includes illness, travel delays and injuries) you need to cancel your workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30 administration fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 full days before your booking

Please see our Cancellation Policy for more details.


This Ōtepoti tour is generously supported by our hosts Dunedin School of Art, The Otago Polytechnic Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, and Res.Awesome (check them out, they are awesome). We are ever grateful to Creative New Zealand for their continued support.


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