Pencil brush (Ōtepoti)

Learn to make a small brush using locally sourced wood and fibres.


$50.00 per person



About this experience

  • Oct 26, 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.



Bookings are on-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.


We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand.

Your Host

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Based in Mohua Golden Bay, Gemma 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.