Apologies in advance for mentioning anything that is even vaguely festive, but makers do need to plan ahead and create lovely festive opportunities for you.
To get your festive to do list firmly on track, join Liz Wellby and learn how to make beautiful birds using vintage papers and wire to decorate your home this Christmas. There’s every chance that your little flock of birds might keep you company throughout the winter months, as you just won’t want to them pack them away with all your other Christmas decorations. If you can part with them, they will make lovely gifts.
Join Liz Wellby at her beautiful studio on the edge of the Peak District. The Slipper Studio is beautifully presented with handcrafted workbenches, a wood burner and views down into the village.
About the tutor
Liz Wellby is a versatile and experienced artist, teacher and maker, with a particular interest in sculpture and printmaking. Following the completion of a Fine Arts degree at Loughborough University and subsequent post graduate studies, she returned to Derbyshire, where for over 25 years she and worked. Liz now lives on the edge of the Peak District, working from her home studio, kept company by her husband and a cat called Bert.
It is possible to arrange this workshop on different dates; should you wish to book 3* places for friends and family, the cost is £79 per person or £89 each for 2 people; please contact me via ‘chat with the maker’, if this is of interest.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
The workshop will run from 10 - 4pm, with places limited to just 3*, costing £79. Materials and equipment will be provided, with tea, coffee and wrapped biscuits served throughout the day; please bring your lunch.
Please select 'chat with the maker' to be put in touch with the course organiser if you have any questions or requests.
Until further notice, to allow for social distancing, workshop places at a The Slipper Studio will be reduced from 5 to 3. A large workbench will be provided for each person, with individual materials and equipment. In line with government advice, a new cleaning regime is in place and you will need to wear a facial covering/mask for limited times during workshops.
Please use the chat with the maker button if you have any questions in advance of booking your place.
6 hours (flexible times to suit)
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A thoroughly enjoyable day in a beautiful setting.
The session was well paced and allowed me to build up my skill level and confidence. I’m so pleased with the birds I produced and can’t wait to make more.
Thanks to Liz for your expertise, warmth and hospitality
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Joy,
Fantastic day with Liz doing the Tiny bird sculptures. We enjoyed every minute of our day in such a beautiful home and location.
Liz was a perfect host and tutor. She inspired us from the moment we arrived with her enthusiasm and knowledge.
We left with huge smiles on our faces and our tiny creations which I have proudly
put on display in my flat.
Thank you so much Liz for a wonderful day.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Jan,
Had a really lovely day with family. Liz was so welcoming, we felt immediately at ease and the studio is just beautiful. It was great to learn a new skill and Liz is an excellent teacher. We’re already planning what we can try next! Thank you :)
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Charlotte,
A very enjoyable workshop in a beautiful and inspiring studio.
Drawing with wire was a lot of fun and we made some very creative fish and “kitchenalia” based on our ink drawings. It was both a relaxed and productive day, as Liz guided us along with clear explanations of process, helpful demonstrations, and lots of encouragement.
I came away with some lovely personal decorations, and information and ideas from Liz about how I can experiment further with wire work at home.
Thank you so much Liz.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Karen,
A fun day in beautiful surroundings.
Liz was excellent in explaining and demonstrating the different techniques. She encouraged me to relax and go-with-the-flow!
I came away with lots of tips and ideas, and feel inspired to do more!
Thanks again Liz x
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Andrea,
Engaging workshop in the tutor’s own home studio, lovely space and ambience. Liz is very supportive and encouraging and makes the course enjoyable for everyone, whatever their degree of ability. Small group of learners so as much individual support as needed and a very friendly atmosphere. An interesting and enjoyable day.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Sue,
What a wonderful day. Great teaching in a supportive environment and plentiful coffee, tea and yummy biscuits. 5 stars from me!
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Anita,
My teenage daughter and I attended Liz's workshop and had a fantastic day creating lovely paper sculptures . We would highly recommend it and had a really enjoyable time. Thanks Liz!
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thanks for taking time to review your day.
My teenage daughter and I attended Liz's paper sculpture workshop. We had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves creating beautiful paper cats out of comic books, my daughter loved it.
Thanks Liz for a great day !
Enjoyed the day hugely - and even liked my little birds! I don't see myself as someone with craft skills, so that was an unexpected bonus! Great tuition from Liz, and loved the studio. Just need to upgrade the chocolate quotient on those biscuits......
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Really pleased you enjoyed your day and thanks for taking time to review your visit.
Lovely day in a beautiful setting with tea and biscuits on tap. Liz is a great teacher with lots of enthusiasm and ideas to make sure everyone goes home happy.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Lovely to hear from you and thanks for your review.
A really satisfying day, good company, really supportive instruction. Loved it.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thanks for taking time to review your day; it was a pleasure working with you.
I had a very relaxing and enjoyable day creating birds, thanks Liz!
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thanks for your feedback and lovely to have worked with you.
Had a very enjoyable day and learnt a lot of new skills. Found Liz very knowledgeable and patient and together with her husband very hospitable. The studio was in a beautiful setting and was immaculate. I would definitely recommend doing one of her courses.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Jenny,
Beautiful surroundings with a knowlegable and friendly host. Liz explained the process of using line and gave lots of inspiration through quick tutorials. Gave me some ideas to take into school
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thank you for taking time to review your day.
A lovely day in beautiful surroundings.
I was able to reconnect with my creative side in a relaxed and supportive environment and use techniques that I would not otherwise have tried. Back home, I'm particularly enjoying playing around with watercolour pencils following on from the day. Thank you.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thank you for your feedback.
Great chance to re-engage with some basic drawing techniques, then progress through the day adding lovely new methods and styles, which I’m looking forward to using.
Loved the wire fish making, although it’s trickier than it looks!
Thanks Liz for encouraging and supporting, and all in the relaxing surroundings of the gorgeous Slipper Studio.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thanks for making time to review your day.
Had a really enjoyable day with Liz
Got the bug now to make wire birds etc
Liz was very patient and most helpful
The work space was wonderful
Would thoroughly recommend
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thank you for taking time to review your day and
Excellent facilities with a warm welcome. Well paced workshop with clear tuition and good resources. Really enjoyed the day and came away with some cute makes and ideas for more crafting. Looking forward to my next visit 😊
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thank you for your positivity and really pleased you enjoyed your day.
Liz makes you feel really welcome and at home in her studio. She provides a personalised touch for those attending and presents her workshop in an easy to follow way. I have learnt so many things during the workshop, I can’t wait to try them out at home.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:So glad you have had an enjoyable and productive day.
Thank you Liz for an absolutely brilliant day. From the moment I arrived I felt very welcome and my apprehension quickly dissolved in the warmth of your welcome and light and airy studio. Your introductory pack was carefully and thoughtfully presented, your instructions clear and inspiring. You made everything seem possible even for a complete clumsy novice. I came with no preconceptions only the desire to learn how to be creative, never having had any previous training but a great longing to be more creative and practical.
The day was very enjoyable, great fun and most of all inspiring , I have already planned to make some more birds and metal decorations for Christmas gifts. My confidence and imagination have been ignited. I am looking forward to attending more workshops with you next year.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:I am really moved by your thoughts and comments. Thank you.
What a treat! A fantastic day exploring paper and methods to produce beautiful decorations and home features using recycled paper. The atmosphere was so relaxing with the fire on and music playing whilst we were being creative! Highly recommend this course with Liz.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thank you.