Regular group and one to one wetplate collodion workshops are held at:

Rabbit Hole Studios
Compstall Mills estate
Andrew Street
Stockport SK6 5HN

For more information, go here.

Do I need to attend a workshop?

While wetplate isn’t inherently difficult troubleshooting can be difficult. We would recommend going on a workshop if you can.

Before attending a workshop John recommends you go through this check-list with the tutor.

  • John Troubleshooting
  • Still Life Wetplate
  • Drying
  • Varnishing

Check List for Workshops
  • How many people will attend a workshop?
  • Will chemistry be covered explaining what each individual component does?
  • Does the tutor have experience in teaching?
  • Has the tutor exhibited?
  • How many years has the tutor been working in wetplate?
  • Will you get to make images of different sizes?
  • Will the tutor explain the different types of cameras and lenses suitable for wetplate and will you get to try them?
  • Is the tutor a practicing wetplate artist?
  • Can the tutor show you his or her work first hand or on a website?
  • Is the workshop two days or longer?

If the answer to any of the questions is no I would recommend not going on that particular workshop. In my own workshops, I teach a maximum of four students on my own or six if I am assisted. In my opinion wetplate cannot be learnt in one day.

an inspiring couple of days

– John Rowe

Wetplate Workshops

John’s workshops are renowned for being the most comprehensive available in the UK and he provides full support to his students who wish to practice wetplate on their own. He has COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health certification), Enhanced CRB check, insurance and a PTLLS teaching qualification.

Two day workshops cover:

  • Cameras and lenses
  • Other equipment needed
  • Chemistry, health and safety
  • Substrates: glass, metal & acrylic
  • Preparing, exposing, processing and finishing plates


Comprehensive Manual

All students attending one of John’s wet plate courses will be provided with his comprehensive thirty page wet plate collodion manual.


Wetplate Supplies

John supplies collodion kits and silverboxes to students at a 10% discount. To find out more about his chemistry and equipment sales, look here or contact him here.


Other Processes

We also run workshops in other alternative processes including gum bichromate, cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown. Please contact us here for details and pricing.



Workshops are held at Rabbit Hole Studios in Stockport, E5 Process in Hackney and in the South of France at the Villa Roquette, where the course is residential and the cost includes full board.


Book a workshop

Find dates for upcoming workshops here. Email John Brewer to book London and Manchester workshops and Carole Tidswell to book workshops in the South of France.



Manchester workshops (max 4 students) cost £275. London workshops (max 6 students) cost £330. Workshops in the South of France (max 6 students) are full board residential and cost £475.

Student Feedback

“Made some great friends and had a fantastic time discovering Victorian alchemy in the darkroom. A wonderful experience!”

“Our reactions including my own were of wonder – similar to the first experience moment of developing your own film.”

“It was an inspiring couple of days, where I was introduced to the processes and the possibilities of the technique.”

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