Workshops & Studio Artists

Lot19 Creative Workshops

A mixture of professionally facilitated art classes-presented by our Studio Artists in our purpose built facilities is delivered year round. We are always building on our existing offerings of ceramics, life drawing, painting, mosaic, and taxidermy workshops. See Castlemaine Clay, Castlemaine Press, Helen Bodycomb mosaics, and Museum Makers and other artists listings below for details.

Castlemaine Clay

A not-for-profit member-based community organisation that works to bring clay lovers from Castlemaine and surrounds together.

Castlemaine Clay offer their members firing, workshops, artist talks, studio hire, and the opportunity to exhibit their work. We have a beautiful new studio space with 5 pottery wheels, hand building table, slab roller, glazes, lockers, drying space and clay tools.

We offer small group adult classes suitable for beginners through to those with more advanced skills in ceramics. Our workshops will give you competence in throwing, hand building and much more. Our teachers have an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to you.
Castlemaine Clay

Castlemaine Press

Castlemaine Press is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation, run by committed volunteers. 

It is a space to explore printmaking in all its facets. Whether you are a beginner or a master printer, we have equipment and assistance to fulfill your printmaking needs. Our studio has great natural light, presses both large and small, plenty of bench space and easy access.

Our studio is a place to meet printmakers, work collaboratively, build skills and produce prints using quality equipment. We program a range of gatherings, workshops, exhibitions and courses throughout the year.

Lot19 Studio Artists

Founded by Mark Anstey in the year 2000, and built by hand from re-purposed materials, first and foremost, Lot19 is a place for artists. This multi-faceted space is filled with kilns, pottery wheels, printing presses, green spaces, metalwork zones, large scale fabrication utilities, woodworking sheds, easels, and tools of every type.

With 20 artists in studios residencies, over 60 beginner-to-established members regularly accessing the open-access clay and printmaker workshops, this dynamic site is integral to the long-term viability of regional arts practices. Artists’ skills, imaginations and courage are let loose is this safe and cross-collaborative testing-site.

Jane Rusden

Drawing, Printmaking, Photography

Adventure, drawing, printmaking, photography, science and the natural world combined on paper are her passions informing her practice.

Bush walks, bird walks, bird surveys and 4×4 trips in remote locations and local areas, are the beginnings of a body of work. With paper on the ground using inks, watercolour and graphite the white paper surface is broken and earthy colours swirl.

“Birds and insects come and go as I draw and paint, and are fodder for my camera lens. Later in the studio my photos, knowledge of birds, the bush and observations inform the direction of the work. My work is a celebration of my love for wild places.”

Helen Bodycomb

Mosaicist, Sculptor

Helen is well known as one of Australia’s few contemporary artists working primarily in mosaic and has been a Lot 19 studio artist since 2008 and a member of the Lot19 Creations Board since 2020.

She has been pivotal in re-defining mosaic as an art form in Australia, practicing predominantly in stone and glass but also working in more experimental media exploring ephemera and biodegradability. Helen is co-founder of Eastern Beach Art House in Geelong, which provides Arts Residencies, B & B to lovers of the Arts and house concerts for boutique audiences. Helen loves gardening and cooking, and leading Mosaic Study Tours in (pre-Covid) Italy.

Nici Wright

Visual Arts

Nici has been a practicing visual artist for nearly 25 years. There are elements of science, design, construction and engineering, ceramics, sculpture, bronze and steel, installation, fine arts, fashion, materials, found and recycled, live arts, music, teaching and facilitating and working both collaboratively and individually, nationally and internationally.

Nici’s award winning works range from the wearable to the small and large scale indoor and outdoor works and installations.

Alvin Briggs

Visual Arts

Alvin Darcy Briggs is a Yorta-Yorta\Taungurung man, an award-winning emerging artist, and Lot19’s current Chrysalis Studio recipient.

An active artist at the beginning of his career he has already exhibited widely and is catching the attention of many curators and art critics across the country. Alvin has works at the Castlemaine Art Museum and The Koori Heritage Trust amongst other notable collections. Alvin has received people’s choice awards at the Koori Heritage Trust and is proudly involved as a mentor to younger Aboriginal artists with the local Dja Dja Wurrung community in Castlemaine.

Dunnielle Mina


Dunnielle’s jewellery and silversmithing practice is driven by her desire to transform the cold and somewhat sterile nature of metal into something soft, sensual, intriguing and inviting to touch and wear.

“I am obsessed with the mysterious and comforting quality of curves. An arc somehow shelters, provides a trajectory and reminds us that all is always subject to cycles of change.”

Ewin Wood & Dean Smith

Museum Makers

Be it building scale models of insects, painting detailed plant mimics, restoring a room full of bird mounts, or articulating dinosaurs, Ewin applies his trade in a tribute to our natural world.

Dean’s practice includes traditional taxidermy techniques, model making, moulding and copy casting, as well as completing fine detail finishes in a vast array of mediums. Together they are Museum Makers.

Zoe Hambleton


Zoe Hambleton is a practicing artist who studied drawing at RMIT in Melbourne and since then has pursued a multi-disciplinary practice incorporating sound, sculpture, drawing, painting and performance.

Zoe’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals in Victoria. She researches idiosyncratic stories by positioning then in collective experiences and spaces to reveal common and unifying characteristics. Zoe’s creative practice is underpinned by the use of secondary materials, psychogeography and aesthetic theory.

Nadyne de Vel


Graphite, charcoal and photography are Nadyne’s primary practice.

“I love to draw. A dark and delectable aesthete with a firey red flare. I’m an adventure Queen, with a thirst for knowledge and a desire for challenge.”

Gregory Stephen


Painter and decorator with a personal history of contact with our traditional custodians and working towards a submission to the truth telling flora in Victoria, more particularly Swan Hill and associated regions.

Wendy Rowlands

Health Artist

Wendy is a Health Artist whose theme is connection and reconnection. A highly experienced professional musician, she offers creative, diverse musical skills and inspires many interesting projects within our community.

Wendy conducts the infamous Castlemaine Corker Orchestra ‘Any age, any instrument, any level, anybody!’ Wendy congruently holds a Shiatsu Therapy Clinic at her lovely space at Studio 2, Lot19. Whilst Shiatsu addresses many physical health issues, currently, supporting mental health, trauma and connection within our changing world is a prominent focus within her work. Ph. 0421520071

Tobias Richardson

Drawing, Painting, Sculpture

Tobias been a practicing artist since 1987. First studying at East Sydney Technical College and exhibiting in artist-run spaces, he later gained a BVA from San Francisco Art Institute, California. Tobias also studied Education and Science.

From 1997 to 2011 he lived in the Northern Territory working as an artist and teaching in remote communities, Charles Darwin University and the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. In 2015 he relocated to Castlemaine, Victoria. Tobias now has a studio-based practice that is informed by travel and artist residences. His research aims to incorporate autobiographical investigation expressed through the depiction of built environments. Themes of memory, history, abstraction and intervention underlie his subject matter. Tobias has a diverse studio practice centred on drawing, painting and sculpture.

Phillip Head


Phillip Head is a studio artist at Lot19.

Mark Anstey

Furniture-maker, Woodworker, Boat-builder

Mark has been making beautiful furniture since 1990. Aiming to create personal works of great meaning for his clients, and spend energy on design. 

Mark also does minor renovations, and specialises in amazing and perfectly designed kitchens (and bathrooms), starting with functional layout based on decades of commercial and residential experience, and ending with a mastery of products and a value for beauty at the core. Mark designs and builds interesting and high quality shop fittings. Mark’s work can be seen across Melbourne and locally in Castlemaine. His out-of-the-box thinking and expansive skill set means that he will consider any request. Anything is possible…

Jules Chapple

Maker, Designer, Performance Artist

Jules Chapple is a storyteller and guerilla clown. He creates artistic projects, installations, puppet theatre and painting exhibitions, to distil life’s bounty into intimate, sensorial and often surreal art experiences.

He is committed to connecting with people of all abilities and age groups, producing playful, immersive events that entertain, inspire, challenge and amaze. He has worked extensively with a diverse range of multi-award winning theatre companies. At present, he is devising several theatre productions at his studio in the idyllic surrounds of Lot19, Castlemaine.

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The Chrysalis Studio

We are now seeking applications for the next Chrysalis Studio artist. Lot19 offers a fully sponsored studio to an emerging artist of particular vigour and talent so that they can pursue their craft beyond any resource constraints. Our current CS artist in residence is Alvin Darcy Briggs.

We have a wait list for artists studios at this time however you are always welcome to make an enquiry by emailing Mark at

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