A creative day in the garden working with willow. Make an obelisk or plant support (perfect for those sweet peas!) plus a decorative sunflower, dragonfly or bird feeder. Advice given on ‘living willow’ structures such as dens and tunnels.
You will create several items during the day to take home. Our expert (Eddie or Anthony) will also explain the basics of using living willow in your garden to build larger structures. (Note this is a seasonal activity which must take place in the winter months.) The class will be garden-based, with the studio as back-up in case of poor weather. The view out across the fields to Carsington Water makes it a lovely place to work.
Open to all – both beginners and those with experience.
“The course was bought for me and my best friend as a present; we absolutely loved it. Highly recommended.” H.M.
Tutor: Eddie Glew
Eddie is a hugely talented willow weaver and creative practitioner. His portfolio shows a raft of innovative work from traditional baskets to sculpture and interior design.
Previous clients include The National Trust, Windsor Castle, Alton Towers, Nando’s Restaurants and film production companies. He produces his own heritage collection and makes to commission for private customers.
He is an experienced tutor and has featured on Chanel 4’s ‘Kirsty’s Handmade Home’ and BBC’s ‘Garden Rescue’.
To view Eddie’s own website visit www.blithfieldwillowcrafts.co.uk
“Fantastic day spent with Eddie, so patient and helpful, will definitely be signing up for more” B.T.
Tutor: Anthony Hammond
Anthony Hammond is an award winning artist, sculptor and craftsman based in North Staffordshire. Skilled in a range of creative and sculptural techniques, he works in a variety of media including willow, ‘green’ wood and stone. He encourages the use of locally sourced and coppiced materials.
His focus is on large scale public art works, private commissions and teaching.
To view Anthony’s own website visit www.anthonyhammond.co.uk
Locally coppiced willow from Staffordshire along with willow from Somerset. Tools are provided.
Materials fee: approx £25
Note: This is in addition to the course fee
Timings & Refreshments
Join us from 9.30am for tea/coffee & introductions
Tuition: 10.00am – 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