Craft Courses

Escape to the beautiful Peak District countryside

... and relax in the colourful and creative haven of Zantium Studios.

Gift vouchers available

We offer an exciting programme of short courses throughout the year in a range of craft disciplines. Take home new skills, imaginative ideas and your own hand crafted works of art.

Our courses

Mosaic (2 days)

Mosaic (2 days)

Suited to all levels of experience, this workshop explores traditional and modern techniques using high quality glass and ceramic tesserae (mosaic tiles).

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Mosaic (5 day summer school)

Mosaic (5 day summer school)

Open to both beginners and the more experienced, this course offers a great choice of projects and techniques.

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Stained Glass Introduction (2 days)

Stained Glass Introduction (2 days)

This colourful workshop provides a perfect introduction to the creative and practical aspects of stained glass. No previous experience required.

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Stained Glass Intermediate (2 days)

Stained Glass Intermediate (2 days)

A practical workshop for students with some experience of cutting glass who wish to learn the traditional method of leadwork.

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Stained Glass (5 day summer school)

Stained Glass (5 day summer school)

One to one tuition ensures plenty of assistance enabling students to tackle a more ambitious piece than may be possible on our 2-day course.

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Willow Garden Structures

Willow Garden Structures

Over the two days students will create two ‘portable’ items to take away together with the knowledge and experience to continue with larger projects at home.

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Willow Animal Sculpture (2 days)

Willow Animal Sculpture (2 days)

A fun and inspiring weekend creating your own willow animals.  The unique ‘characters’ you take home at the end of the course will enhance any garden or living space.

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Precious Metal Clay Jewellery (2 days)

Precious Metal Clay Jewellery (2 days)

A completely new way of working with metal, PMC consists of microscopic particles of silver dust held in a binder which can be moulded and sculpted just like clay.

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Fused Glass

Fused Glass

Experiment with various materials and techniques to produce decorative glass items and samples. Potential projects include jewellery, light catchers, tiles, vessels and Christmas decorations.

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Book your own creative house party


Minimum 5 people

Private parties, residential days  and customised courses can be arranged for small groups (minimum 5 people).


  • Birthday gatherings
  • Reunions
  • Hen parties
  • Staff training/motivation

Your course can be based on one of our existing workshops detailed above or we can put together an entirely new course for you. We offer residential or single day events.

In the past we have run bespoke courses for …

SW_found_necklace_170Jewellery from Found Objects

Learn simple wirework and threading techniques to create quirky jewellery from found objects and beads. » Find out more

Book a custom made course to celebrate your special occasion. Let us know if you would like to order a cake!

Please call us on 01629 824377 to discuss your ideas and dates.

“We had a really wonderful day. Thanks again for helping to make my hen weekend such a fun time.” C.B. (Oxford)

“We really appreciated all the extra touches – especially the homemade cake.” A.D. (Norfolk)

“We felt so well looked after – your home and studio are just idyllic.” W.H. (Oxford)

“Everyone had a wonderful time and has talked of little else since. We all now have ambitious plans for mosaic tables, floors, walls etc.” N.W. (Cambridge)

Holiday cottage on site


Our holiday cottage next door sleeps 3 – 5 people and we can help suggest other accommodation locally.


I can only say – THANKYOU – Everything was perfect and I am telling everyone who will listen to try it for themselves!

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Expect a smiling warm welcome at Zantium Studios, brimming with an artistic atmosphere wherever you looked.

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Join us in our home and studio

studioPurpose-built studioŸ    •    Ÿ Beautiful location

We love our studio – a bright and airy space with good natural light. Our library of art, and design books is available for reference.

The rural setting and spacious garden are perfect for our outdoor courses and Summer School lunches.

“It’s a fabulous studio – so open and light. The setting too is superb.” R. (Cardiff)

chairInspiring tuitionŸ    •     ŸQuality materials

All our tutors are professional artists, handpicked for their specialist knowledge and experience.

We aim to provide high quality tuition in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

“An excellent tutor, patient and skilled to the highest level, beautiful surroundings and those lovely lunches and cakes all added to the experience.” H.G. (London)

classSmall class sizesŸ    •     ŸBeginners welcome

Taking between 4 and 8 people per workshop ensures comfortable workspace and plenty of individual attention.

Beginners and those with experience are equally welcome.

“Many thanks for what may well be a life-changing experience” J.R. (North Yorkshire)

chairGood fresh foodŸ    •     ŸDelicious cakes

Tasty homemade lunches and refreshments are included in the course fee;

typically soup and salad, cheese and pate, fruit and yoghurt. Coffee and biscuits are served mid-morning with tea and cake in the afternoon.

“I loved the course and enjoyed every moment of my stay (especially the food!) It was lovely to be welcomed into your home and to meet so many nice people restores one’s faith in human nature.” L.T. (Derby)


Courses run from 10.00am to 4.30pm with an hour for lunch.

Help yourself to tea/coffee in our guest lounge all day.

On our 5-day courses the Wednesday afternoon is untutored time, leaving you free to explore the local area or continue working in the studio if you wish.

“To be totally absorbed in something so pleasurable is such a wonderful experience” G. H. (Abergavenny)

classAccommodation at Godfrey Hole Cottage

Our cosy 2-bedroom holiday cottage is just next door, sleeping 3 people (+ sofa bed). There are plenty more options nearby for self catering, B&B and camping plus a good choice of local pubs, cafes and restaurants.

“Super stay in a really well thought out cottage. Jo made some lovely stained glass on the course and I had a great time climbing.Thankyou!” M & J (Norfolk)

“Enjoyed a glorious week mosaicing with superb lunches thrown in! The cottage is a delight in all its features.” A & A (Glasgow)

“Peter & Alison are as good hosts as their cottage is delightful” G. Family (Dorset)

Other local accomodation

B&B and Self Catering
Breach Farm, Carsington
01629 540265

Self Catering
Barnwood, Hopton
(2 bedroom cottage)
01629 540939

Self Catering
Hopton Hall (holiday cottages & gardens, indoor pool)
01629 540458

Self Catering
Netherton Hall (4 holiday cottages & indoor pool)
Bradbourne, Ashbourne
01629 540998

The Crofters House & Barn, Wirksworth
01629 826635

Self Catering
Swiers Farmhouse & Emily Barn, Carsington
01629 541800 / 540513

B&B and Self Catering
George House
01629 820256

No. 37, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth
01629 824258

Youth Hostel Association
0800 0191700

Ashbourne Hotel
Carnation Way, Ashbourne DE6
0871 9846362

classPeak district locationŸ    •     ŸPlenty of things to do

Zantium Studios is located just outside Wirksworth in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. There is plenty to do nearby, whatever your interests.

  • Outdoor activities – walking, cycling, sailing, fishing, rock climbing etc
  • Houses and gardens – Haddon, Hardwick, Kedleston, Chatsworth.
  • Market towns – Wirksworth, Matlock, Ashbourne, Bakewell

“The course was so inspiring, as was the company and the location.” L.M. (Leeds)

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