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Garden Dweller Workshop

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Create something of beauty while supporting a great cause
Monte Lupo starts its next four-week series of Pottery & Mosaic workshops this Friday night 13th April at Eight Mile Plains studio. Book today, if you don't want to miss out!

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Reading in the garden

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Dame Edna & Costa in the garden


If you want to create your own beautiful "Garden Dweller", this course is for you. You will design and make your own sculpture to enhance your garden. You will paint her with bright and beautiful glazes and dress her in gorgeous mosaics. A tutor will guide you through the steps to creating your own masterpiece, from conception, through to tile making and finishing. The course cost of $350 includes tutoring, tools, clay, firing and finishes. This course is one of several workshops offered to the public throughout the year. You can find more information on the website or Facebook page.

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Decorating the garden dweller


At the same time as creating your own special piece of art, you will be supporting a wonderful cause. Monte Lupo is an inspirational example of turning a sheltered workshop model into a very successful social enterprise. As well as providing you and I with the opportunity to express our creative spirits, Monte Lupo has a beautiful shop, a cafe and provides career pathways for people with disabilities. Monte Lupo is inspired by a small village in Tuscany known as Motelupo Fiorentiana. The village community is well known for making brightly coloured pottery, collaboratively and has been doing this for many hundreds of years. At our own Monte Lupo here in Brisbane, Multicap aim to also combine people, skills, commitment and long-term success. The potters they employ share their passion and skills to provide people with disabilities the opportunity for economic independence. In addition, they gain a sense of purpose, increased self-esteem and community connectedness as they express themselves creatively.

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Garden dweller with fox
Monte Lupo, activity, pottery, mosaic, workshop, cafe
Green garden dweller
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Garden dweller with pears


I'm booked in and very am excited about the prospect of making my own Frida Kahlo lookalike. Perhaps I'll see you there. If not, you might consider purchasing a piece of art from the shop or eating at one of the Gallery Cafes at Banyo or Eight Mile Plains or the coffee carts at Capalaba or Sumner Park.

Monte Lupo Gallery Café Shop
217 Tufnell Road, Banyo
Hours: 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 12pm on Saturday.
Ph: 07 3267 5905

Monte Lupo Gallery Café Shop – Eight Mile Plains
269 Padstow Road, Eight Mile Plains
Hours: 7.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 12pm on Saturday.
Ph: 07 3841 6266

• Coffee Cart – Capalaba (Multicap Capalaba Hub)
Unit 3, 26 Redland Bay Road Capalaba
Hours: 7.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

• Coffee Cart – Sumner Park (Vinnies Distribution Centre)
9-11 Jijaws Street, Sumner
Hours: 8.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

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Gallery shop


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Why? Creating something of beauty while supporting a great cause!
When: 13th April -11th May
Phone: 3267 5905
Where: Eight Mile Plains, 269 Padstow Road, 4113 Eight Mile Plains
Cost: $350
Your Comment
What a marvellous idea, Shirley - hope you'll follow up on your article once you've done the course - would love to know all about it!
by Elaine (score: 3|4921) 8 days ago
I love these little people. I first came across Monte Lupo at an International Women's Day event. I have added this to my To Do list.
by May Cross (score: 3|1853) 8 days ago
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