A taster day using willow to make simple sculptural forms. Practice random weave techniques to create spheres, hearts, fish and other organic shapes. Emma offers a choice of projects, encouraging individual style and creativity.
The class may be studio or garden-based, depending on the weather. We back onto organically farmed land with views across the fields to Carsington Water making it a lovely place to work.
Open to all – both beginners and those with experience.
“We had a fantastic day!”
“Emma offers the perfect balance of reassurance and positivity, with practical sharing of skills and experience.”
“Thank you for a wonderful willow taster session. My mum and I really enjoyed it and I am really proud of my poppy seed head” K.K.
Tutor: Emma Parkins
Emma has been a freelance artist since 1997, originally as a commercial illustrator and later working as a community artist.
She now specialises in willow sculpture, focusing mainly on wildlife subjects and decorative objects. She strives to bring out the character of an animal, drawing on her years as an illustrator. Emma has created commissions for both private and public sector, including Derbyshire County Council and The National Trust. She has exhibited a number of pieces at Kedleston Hall.
Start time: Join us from 9.30am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.00am
End time: Tuition finishes around 4.30pm
There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish.
• Purpose built studio in beautiful Peak District setting
• Relaxed, creative atmosphere
• 4 - 6 students per workshop
• Open to both beginners and those with experience
• Good fresh food, homemade cakes
• Accommodation on site and nearby if required
• Private groups welcome (minimum 4 people)
Please get in touch for bookings or further information.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Course fee includes professional tuition, lunch and refreshments - an additional materials fee applies.
There is a charge of approx. £10 – £15 per person for materials. This covers the willow you will need for the workshop. Tools are provided but feel free to bring your own secateurs if you prefer.
A tasty light lunch is included. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day to help yourself and there will be home-made cake mid afternoon.
Accommodation available at extra charge:
'Godfrey Hole Cottage' - On site. 2 bedrooms. Sleeps 3
'The Counting House' - Georgian town house in Wirksworth, 1 mile away. 1 bedroom. Sleeps 2
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Fantastic day, thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills from Emma and Alison was a very attentive hostess. We had such a good time we’re booked in for another 2 day course. Well done Zantium and Emma Parkins.
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Thankyou Sue, We loved having you on board. See you again soon!