Let your imagination run wild creating your own willow animal. No experience necessary for this fun and accessible medium. Make a fox, pheasant, hare or hens to enhance any garden or living space.
Learn all about willow… how to grow, prepare and sculpt it to form 3-dimensional structures. Caroline has perfected the technique of building entirely of willow without the need for metal framework or wires. Start day one with a bundle of pliable willow rods…return home the next day with a substantial work of art!
Over the 2 days you can to design and construct either one four-legged animal or a pair of bird sculptures. Dogs and cats, sheep and pigs, deer, hares and hens have all proven popular over the years. That said, projects have also included a snail, a peacock and even a unicorn! Abstract forms are equally possible should you prefer this approach.
The class takes place outside whenever possible. Views out across the fields to Carsington Water makes it a lovely place to work.
Suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.
“A great course in a beautiful nourishing environment. I would highly recommend.”
“Thankyou for the fantastic Willow Course. You picked a great tutor and were extremely hospitable. It all made for a very enjoyable and memorable weekend.”
Tutor: Caroline Gregson
Caroline has over 20 years’ experience in basketry, sculpture and teaching. Her distinctive work features in the national press, film and television. Clients include RHS, National Trust, Hampton Court Palace and London Zoo. She is honoured to be a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.
Caroline has been teaching willow craft for many years with superb results. She is looking forward to helping you create a sculpture you will be proud of.
To view Caroline’s own website visit www.carolinegregson.com
“Caroline is a very talented craftswoman and a caring and attentive teacher. Her step by step guidance and enthusiasm for each of our projects carried us all through to produce a menagerie of beautiful animals.”
“Tuition was clear and hands on. The willow was easy to use and I was surprised that we all achieved great sculptures in such a short time.“
Caroline uses mainly British willow, some of which she grows and harvests herself. She will provide information on materials and suppliers for those with more projects waiting at home.
Materials fee: approx £18
Note: This is in addition to the course fee
“The snacks, lunch and cakes to keep us going and were good as well. All in all, a very enjoyable and productive two days .”
Timing & Refreshments
Join us from 10.00am for tea/coffee & introductions
Tuition: 10.30am – 4.30pm
We take an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish
Lunch & refreshments are included in the course fee
Help yourself to drinks & biscuits. Home-made cake mid afternoon