New - Kitchenalia - exploring the ordinary with line and wire in Derbyshire

Kitchenalia - exploring the ordinary using Line and Wire.


If you are a keen cook, you are sure to have a fine collection of kitchenalia in your home, with pots and drawers rammed full of whisks, fish slices and ladles. We value them for their practical use to help use create our favourite dishes, but I feel we should also look at the satisfying range of shapes and forms in their design. Who can resist a set of 1960’s utensils with their lovely painted handles?

Join Liz Wellby at The Slipper Studio to explore the shapes and patterns found in kitchenalia. With a particular focus on exploring line, we will experiment with a number of materials and processes to create lively and imaginative drawings, before we try our hand at developing images using a fine and flexible wire. Who wouldn’t want to create a wire fish or a decorative wire utensil?

This one day workshop is suitable for both beginners and folks who have experience with a range of creative processes and techniques.

Liz will host this workshop at her home studio. The venue is beautifully presented with handcrafted workbenches and a wood burner, with views into the village; the village of Carsington lies on the edge of the Peak District.

About the tutor
Liz 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 has lived and worked. With her husband and a cat called Bert, Liz lives in the small village of Carsington on the edge of the Peak District.

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 £99 each for 2 people; please contact me via ‘message the tutor’ if this is of interest or you have any questions or queries.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The workshop will run from 10 - 4pm, with places limited to just 3* and costs £79: including materials and the use of equipment, plus refreshments throughout the day; just bring lunch - slippers are optional.

Please select 'chat with the maker' if you would like to contact the course organiser in advance of booking with any queries or requests.

*COVID19 update
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.


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  • Adults
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  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Seniors
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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Jennie Merriman - - #38378

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Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Jennie,

Thank you for telling me about your experience at The Slipper Studio; it was lovely working with you again and I’m really pleased that you found the day a supportive experience.

I think there’s lots of potential for wire work to be be incorporated into your creative practice, so I look forward to see where it may take you.

Very best wishes and happy making.

Joy Rattray - - #38331

Thank you so much for your hospitality, patience, knowledge and friendliness Liz.
It was another fabulous workshop. Thoroughly enjoyed the day and built on the skills I acquired at a previous session in the studio. The day was extremely well planned and paced and I came away with three pieces of completed work and heaps of inspiration and ideas for future artworks.
Looking forward to signing up for another course with you - maybe Lino printing or paper sculpture next time.

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Joy,

Lovely to hear about your day at The Slipper Studio and thank you for taking the time to comment.

It was lovely working with you again, seeing your work develop throughout the workshop and sharing your day.

Time to crack on with your stock of wire and create the 70th Birthday gift you spoke of; I’m sure they’d love a handcrafted gift from you.

Hope to see you later in the year.
Best wishes
Liz Wellby

Charlotte - - #34003

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,

Thanks for taking the time to review your day. It was lovely to work with you all and a great way to celebrate multiple Birthdays.

You all created some lovely pieces, with lots of originality and personality.

Bert and I will look forward to seeing you.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

Susan Bradbury - - #29191

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,
Thanks for taking time to review your day and I appreciate your thoughts and feedback.
Lovely to work with you.
Best wishes

Anita Southwell - - #28048

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,

That’s really good to hear. Thank you.

I hope you are enjoying your evening with your feet up - I can hardly keep my eyes open.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

Alison Butler - - #26729

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.

Glad you both had a lovely time at The Slipper Studio and left with some beautiful pieces.

Bert really enjoyed seeing you both.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

Alison Butler - - #26728

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 !

Chris Read - - #26370

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.

Hope your cats are leaving your wee flock of birds alone.

Don’t think my teeth could cope with a thicker chocolate biscuit!

It was lovely to work with you and your sisters, so hurry back.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

Rachel - - #26278

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.

I hope your little flock of birds are making a festive impact on your home.

Hope to see you back at The Slipper Studio in the New Year.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

Angela williams - - #26263

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.

Is your lovely heron to become a gift or will you keep it at home?

Have a safe journey back to Scotland.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

Sal - - #26262

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.

Hope your little chaps are settling into their new home.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

Jenny Heathcote - - #24507

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,

So pleased that you enjoyed your day - hope you have your little birds in pride of place.

Thank you for taking time to review your day at The Slipper Studio.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

Louise Thomas - - #18248

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.

So pleased that you got so much from the workshop and looking forward to working with you again.

I hope your friends and family appreciate the gifts you are making for them.

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