Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker reviews

27 Sep 22'

Lindsay Richards reviewed: A day of drawing with line and wire in Derbyshire

"We had a wonderful day of drawing and wire making with Liz . She is lovely and inspirational. We drew using inks and a homemade pen and I just about mastered the art of wire twisting !! I will invest in some wire and hopefully improve my technique ! We finished a wire fish to take home . Gorgeous venue in a pretty village and we will be back . Thankyou Liz ."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Lindsay, Lovely to hear about your day. Thank you. It was great to work with you both; such a fun and entertaining day. I hope you’ve had time to order your materials and equipment and have a list of ideas to develop and explore. Looking forward to working with you again. Very best wishes Liz Wellby "

25 Sep 22'

Julie Popplewell reviewed: A day of drawing with line and wire in Derbyshire

"My sister and I had a wonderful day drawing, using inks and creating wire fish with Liz, who is a brilliant tutor. It was very inspirational and has left me wanting to explore the ideas further. The surroundings are so peaceful and it was a joy to spend a day there looking at different techniques. I was delighted to be able to take home a wire fish which was most enjoyable to make. Thank you Liz for your kind hospitality and patient instruction. A fabulous day!"

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Julie, Thanks for letting me know about your workshop at The Slipper Studio and I’m so pleased that you both really enjoyed your good day. I too had a great day, as a result of your openness and positivity. You were fun to work with and the day flew by. Hurry back and try out some more workshops! Happy making. Liz Wellby "

20 Sep 22'

Chris Saunders reviewed: Birds on a wire - creating small sculptures in Derbyshire

"My overriding impression of the day was the expert and insightful teaching I received, so patient when clearly I was making heavy weather of things. So much so that in order for me to take home all 3 items Liz pre -prepared some stages i.e.”flat- pack” style. Thank you very much indeed "

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Chris, Thank you for taking the time to let me know about your day. It was a lovely day and a pleasure working with you, helping you develop your skills and understanding. Time can be against us in a workshop situation and I didn’t want you to leave without exploring and making each of the pieces. I’m picturing you on a winter’s evening, with tools to hand, making more wire birds and hanging wreaths, knowing that you’ve mastered all those skills. Best wishes Liz Wellby "

9 Sep 22'

Ukfraser reviewed: Create Tiny Wire Bird Sculptures in Derbyshire.

"The course was very well structured and the pace was just right. Liz was very clear in her instructions and we all had time to chat and laugh as well as produce a variety of birds. There were plenty of resources to help us in our designs and the studio was very comfortable. Really enjoyable course and thoroughly recommend. "

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Fraser, Lovely to hear from you and thanks so much for taking the time to let me know about your workshop. It was lovely to meet and work with you both and I’m really pleased you enjoyed your day - it was great to be part of a lovely surprise for Jean Happy making. Best wishes Liz Wellby "

9 Sep 22'

Claire Dean reviewed: Create Tiny Wire Bird Sculptures in Derbyshire.

"Very enjoyable and interesting day. Liz provides an easy going and relaxed atmosphere. The session is well structured with a variety of tasks. She adapts activities as appropriate and ensures everyone can work at their own pace. Lovely working space and everyone produced wonderful wire birds! Highly recommended."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Claire, Good to hear from you and thanks for telling me about your time at The Slipper Studio. I’m so pleased you enjoyed your day, the environment and the process - it makes it all worthwhile and puts a big smile on my face. Creating small scale wire sculpture is so satisfying and fun, so I hope you can continue making your flock of birds. Best wishes Liz Wellby "

19 Aug 22'

Julie reviewed: Create Tiny Wire Bird Sculptures in Derbyshire - additional payment.

"A lovely day with Liz creating wire birds after first making paper ones. I would probably prefer not making the paper ones first, but enjoyed making the wire ones so much that I will definitely be having a go at home. Thank you Liz! "

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Julie, Good to hear from and thanks for letting me know about your day. You both made a great range of outcomes and it was lovely to see your skills and ideas develop as the day progressed. I hope you’ll have time to create a whole flock of Purple Swamp Hens! Best wishes Liz Wellby "

17 Aug 22'

Sarah Vigrow reviewed: Experimental Printmaking inspired by Mid Century Design in Derbyshire

"Had a lovely day - patient, friendly tuition in a beautiful relaxed setting - thank you."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Sarah, Thanks for taking the time to tell me about your day - it’s much appreciated. It was a lovely day working with you too. I hope you can continue to explore this great technique. Best wishes Liz Wellby "

17 Aug 22'

Jane Bench reviewed: Create with a gel printing plate in Derbyshire

"Taking part in Liz Wellby’s gel printing course was a real joy. The session was well prepared, the teaching professional and set at exactly the right pitch for two complete beginners. Liz’s studio is well equipped and provides a perfect setting for relaxed learning – I felt very welcome there and enjoyed the cups of tea and chocolate biscuits too! I ended the day full of enthusiasm and a wish to develop my new skills further. Thank you Liz! "

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Jane, Thanks for telling me about your day at The Slipper Studio. It was a lovely day working with you both, seeing your skills, ideas and understanding develop. It’s a great process, so I hope you enjoy exploring it further. Would you believe that Studio Cat arrived 10 minutes after you left? Best wishes Liz Wellby "

9 Jul 22'

Amanda Graham reviewed: Experimental Printmaking inspired by Mid Century Design in Derbyshire

"The Experimental Printmaking workshop was great fun and really fabulous learning experience - I have only done a little printmaking, so it felt amazing to discover the fabulous pieces that can be produced using printing techniques, and the versatility of the medium. This workshop focused on Mid Century Design as a source of inspiration for our lino cut prints, but we were free to experiment with how we made and used the cuts for printing, which produced really exciting results! Liz is a wonderful teacher, the workshop allowed just the right amount of time for each new skill to be practised, in a beautiful studio with plenty of tea and biccys and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. I'd definitely recommend Liz's workshops- I did the geli print workshop a few weeks ago and was very keen to return for another one- and will do again in the future :-) . Liz is ultra careful to make sure everything is Covid safe, groups are small, studio well ventilated and participants socially distanced (in a friendly way!), so ideal for people who may be nervous about attending workshops for this reason."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Amanda, Thanks so much for letting me know about your day; I have a big smile on my face. Printmaking is such a great process, with lots of potential for experimentation and exploration, plus the combining of processes. I know you are going to have lots of fun. Happy printing Liz Wellby"

4 Jul 22'

Susan reviewed: The First Cut - lino cutting for beginners & rusty printmakers

"I enjoyed the lino cut course so much this is the second time I've done it! Your pace Liz, style of teaching and support is great. I come away with some great pieces and having had such a thoroughly enjoyable and indulgent time with the friends who i came with. I am sure i will come again ......... quite fancy a bit of wire work!"

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Susan, Thank you for letting me know about your day. It was lovely to have you back at The Slipper Studio and thank you for bringing more people with you! I think the time is now right for you to settle down to your lino cutting and printing, with opportunities to try different images and techniques; it’s going to be great! Birds on a Wire would be fine choice for another visit. Happy cutting Liz Wellby "

3 Jul 22'

Gill Smith reviewed: The First Cut - lino cutting for beginners & rusty printmakers

"I had such a fab day exploring Lino cutting with Liz. She is an amazing and patient teacher and was very well prepared and professional. She gave great advice about buying tools and equipment which was much appreciated. We came away with some lovely art work and loads of inspiration. The beautiful studio and garden were an added bonus. Thanks Liz Gill"

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Gill, Lovely to hear from you and thank you for your kind words. It was great working with such fun and enthusiastic folks and I too had a lovely day. I think there’s lots of potential for you to combine printing with your other creative projects; it’s going to be really exciting. I look forward to you returning to The Slipper Studio and until then, happy printing Liz Wellby"

27 Jun 22'

Jo Morrison reviewed: The First Cut - lino cutting for beginners & rusty printmakers

"I joined Liz's course as a complete beginner and left with a lovely piece that I was really proud of. The studio is a beautiful and relaxing space to escape to and learn something new. Liz taught our small group with her expertise, talent and intuition and I felt like I had the tools, space and new skills to try something for myself. It was a great day and I definitely want to continue this new craft."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Jo, Thanks for letting me know about your workshop at The Slipper Studio; it’s much appreciated. It was a great day working with the group and lovely that you all got on so well. You quickly understood the process and it’s no mean feat to create a 2 colour lino cut at your first attempt, so hats off to you. It’s a lovely process, so I hope you enjoy your new found passion. Happy printing Liz Wellby "

12 Jun 22'

Sue M reviewed: Create with a gel printing plate in Derbyshire

"A very enjoyable course, excellent instruction by Liz would recommend anyone to do this course, think I have come away addicted to gelli plate printing and have been thinking of different things to use. Will definitely be looking at doing other courses."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Sue, Thank you for letting me know about your day at The Slipper Studio. It was lovely working with you seeing your delight at what you were creating. It’s a great process, with so many options to pursue, so you won’t be bored with gel plate printing. Just think about all the types of flowers that you’ll be able to use for masking, as the summer progresses. Which workshops will lure you back? Best wishes and happy printing Liz Wellby"

6 Jun 22'

Judith Roe reviewed: The First Cut - lino cutting for beginners & rusty printmakers

"My friend and I had a marvellous day making linocuts with Liz. As more or less novices the day was pitched perfectly to help us make our first Lino prints. Everything we needed was provided and the studio is ideal with lots of space. Liz was very encouraging and gave interesting hints and tips on how we could develop our ideas. We were amazed that we came home with so many different prints. The day flew by. We’re already looking to get equipped to do more at home and hope to be back for another course sometime."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Judith & Julie, Lovely to hear from you and thank you for letting me know about your workshop experience. It was a pleasure working with you both, seeing your ideas, skills and understanding develop. It’s time to order some materials and equipment and plan your second composition. Bert and I look forward to seeing you again at The Slipper Studio. Best wishes Liz Wellby"

18 May 22'

Bea reviewed: Create with a gel printing plate in Derbyshire

"This was a very useful course for improving my gelli plate practice. I learned techniques I have not used before and I had really pleasing results. The course is well balanced in relation to demonstration time vs 'do' time. Lots of space and time to practice. Thoroughly enjoyable course."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Bea, Lovely to hear about your day at The Slipper Studio and thank you for taking the time to let me know. It was good to work alongside a more experienced gel plate printer, seeing your approach to the technique and relieved that I could give you some new ways of working! I hope the masking with flowers and leaves, will send you in a new creative direction. Best wishes Liz Wellby"

25 Apr 22'

Hedy Parkin reviewed: Create with a gel printing plate in Derbyshire

"There was something special about the day. There were just three of us and we got a very a warm welcome from Liz in her super studio, which is clean and bright and has inspirational views. Liz gave us a good, clear, step-by-step guide and then left us to create and enjoy. She didn't crowd us, but was there to guide, encourage and answer any questions. I've not used this technique before but I am definitely going to try it at home. The day was well paced and we all left feeling very happy with what we had achieved."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Hedy, Thanks for letting me hear about your time at The Slipper Studio. It was lovely working with you all, particularly introducing you to a new process and sharing your day. You all did so well and created some lovely pieces. I hope you can continue exploring the process, as it has so much to offer. Best wishes Liz Wellby"

14 Apr 22'

Deborah Judd reviewed: New - Inspired by Bloomsbury: exploring mixed media in Derbyshire.

"This was a really original and very educational workshop that introduced me to the Art of the Bloomsbury group. The pieces we produced were inspired by very colourful and highly patterned images from the amazing house of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant "Charleston" in Sussex. As always, Liz's highly professional, calm and encouraging approach, gave me the confidence to dive into all the tasks with aplomb, if slightly messily. (Sorry Liz! ) Using ink with gorgeous vibrant colours, we worked from life and Liz's beautiful samples as well as the sumptuous images of the artists themselves. The day passed all too quickly. I came away with several pieces including paint and jug designs and collaged compositions. All of which I intend to continue working on. I begun the day tired and stressed but left very relaxed and happy. Thank you Liz for a fabulous day. I look forward to my next visit to the Slipper Studio. A wonderful place to forget the world and to simply draw."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Deborah, Lovely to hear about your day at The Slipper Studio and thank you for taking the time to comment. I really enjoy teaching this workshop and you are so right about working with those vibrant colours - they are just beautiful. Combine this with images inspired from Charleston House, there’s so much to explore and be inspired by. Attending a workshop is a great way of stepping away from our busy lives and I know that you always benefit from focusing on something new and relaxing. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your pieces Inspired by Bloomsbury. Best wishes Liz Wellby"

10 Apr 22'

Karen Booth reviewed: New - Inspired by Bloomsbury: exploring mixed media in Derbyshire.

"This workshop is a delightful introduction to the art of the Bloomsbury group, an exploration of their decorated home. I thoroughly enjoyed Liz’s excellent tuition and enthusiasm for her subject. Starting with simple designs on template plates, I moved on to making picture compositions which were fun, and full of vibrant colours, all with Liz’s guidance and inspiration from her lovely samples, and vases of flowers to study. At the end of the session I was thrilled with my joyful picture and was very keen to carry on making more pictures and consider possibilities for decorating my own home with this inspirational art. Thank you again Liz for your encouragement and kindness, skilful instruction, and a wonderful welcome into your studio, which must be one of the most beautiful places to soak up art in Derbyshire! One day wasn’t long enough!"

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Karen, Lovely to work with you again and thank you for telling me about your day at The Slipper Studio - I have a big smile on my face. It’s a lovely workshop, with some much potential to explore colour and pattern, so I’m really pleased that it hit the mark with you. I hope you have time to continue your investigation into the art of Bloomsbury. Very best wishes Liz Wellby"

5 Apr 22'

Jennie Merriman reviewed: Birds on a wire - creating small sculptures in Derbyshire

"Thanks very much for the workshop on Saturday, I really enjoyed it. The day was very easy going without any pressure, yet we managed to produce three quality finished pieces which I now have hanging in my kitchen. It was good to have you working alongside us so you kept the chat going and were always there to help with problems and questions. An easy start to the day, coffee and a brief catch-up between the three of us followed by lots of chat, drinks and biscuits, yet it was easy to opt out when I needed to concentrate on the work at hand. A very good working pace which we were a part of setting. Excellent handouts to use after the weekend to construct new pieces and good product advice and contacts. It was just what I needed to get back into the process of working again in a supportive atmosphere. Sorry but I can’t think of anything that would have made the day any better for me. You are obviously a very experienced teacher and passed on your enthusiasm and enjoyment of the work. A super day"

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" 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. Liz"

3 Apr 22'

Joy Rattray reviewed: Birds on a wire - creating small sculptures in Derbyshire

"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."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" 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"

14 Mar 22'

Claire Elliott & Nic Pryke reviewed: New - Inspired by Tiles - 1 & 2 colour lino cutting and printing in Derbyshire

"We had a fantastic day out with Liz. Having done a little lino cutting in the past but wanting to push it so much further now, Liz taught us some tricks of the trade, made printing and colour mixing non onerous and fun and loosened us up to try new things and techniques from what we had been taught previously. The setting was fabulous, the small group meant we learnt so much from Liz and even with bad weather the views were amazing. Thanks Liz, you have reinspired us on lino cutting and already Nic has sold a piece :-)"

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Claire & Nic, Thanks for letting me know about your day - it’s much appreciated. It’s lovely working with such enthusiastic folks and it was great to see your skills and understanding develop throughout the day. I hope you’ll have time to complete your second stage printing in the next few days. Great to hear that Nic has already sold a piece; perhaps he should run a how to sell your art work workshop! Happy printing Liz Wellby"

13 Mar 22'

Jo Polmear reviewed: Create with a gel printing plate in Derbyshire

"Liz's Gelli plate workshop was a great experience and I would definitely recommend it. Held at her beautiful Slipper Studio in the Peak District on a grey blustery day, warmed up with a snug log fire an and handsome Bert, the Studio cat. Only three in the group, Liz had organised us all an individual goodie bag full of information and tools. Liz demonstrated the processes and encouraged us to experiment and explore the technics. The day flew by, I left with a small pile of printed papers and full of ideas how to continue working with gelli plate printing in my own practice. Many thanks to Liz for an enjoyable creative workshop."

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Jo, I really appreciate hearing about your day at The Slipper Studio - thank you. It was lovely working with you and I think you’ll find that gel plates have lots of potential and connections to your painting practice; it’s always good to explore something new and see where it takes you. There will be lots more hedgerow plants available over the next few weeks, which will provide lots of interesting shapes for masking and layering. I’ll keep my eyes peeled on social media, as I look forward to seeing how your print work develops. Very best wishes Liz"

6 Mar 22'

Sally reviewed: Create with a gel printing plate in Derbyshire

"Great fun on Saturday on the gell press printing workshop. Liz was very welcoming and was so informative. The studio is in a beautiful setting. Lovely working with the other two people on the course and seeing what they were doing. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to learn more about gell press printing. Hope to come on another course later in the year. Sally"

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Sally, Thanks for taking the time to let me know about your time at The Slipper Studio - it’s much appreciated. Gel plates are a great way to create prints exploring marks, pattern and colour. The immediacy of the process is lovely and I hope you’ll have time to build upon the skills you learnt and explored yesterday. I’m really pleased that you enjoyed your day with the other makers; I think it’s a real bonus to learn from each other and share the experience. Looking forward to seeing you again and until then, happy printing. Best wishes Liz Wellby"

6 Mar 22'

Ruth reviewed: Create Tiny Wire Bird Sculptures in Derbyshire.

"Such a brilliant day. Liz made you feel so welcome right from the start. It was such a relaxing atmosphere and under her guidance we all produced items that we were proud of. Would highly recommend as it is something completely different, which anyone can do regardless of their artistic ability. Thank you so much Liz for making it such a fun and enjoyable experience- we will definitely be back!"

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Ruth, Good to hear from you and thanks for letting me know about your time at The Slipper Studio. It’s always lovely working with such an enthusiastic and open group of people, who are determined to embrace the opportunities offered and have some fun. Bert and I will be very happy to see you here again, but until we do, I hope you have time to enjoy some more making and also share your skills with your students - I’d love to see what they create. Very best wishes Liz Wellby"

6 Mar 22'

Marion Heygate reviewed: Create Tiny Wire Bird Sculptures in Derbyshire.

"What a wonderful day in beautiful surroundings. We received a very friendly welcome and I immediately felt very relaxed. Liz is a very good , encouraging, teacher. We had a fun day of creating paper and wire birds. Definitely feel as if I have learnt a new skill. An added bonus was the company of a delighful cat!"

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

" Hi Marion, Lovely to hear from you and thank you for taking the time to review your day. It was great fun to have you here and lovely to share your gift - I should have provided crackers! I hope you have time to create some more paper and wire pieces; they can be quite addictive. Very best wishes Liz Wellby PS Bert sends his regards"

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