Workshops

Emma runs regular Willow workshops at the Fleet Arts building, Belper, Derbyshire. It is a great space with lots of room and has a mini drinks/kitchen area. The Fleet has its own website if you would like to look at the venue and find out more about the space, fleet-arts.org.

There are a variety of types and lengths of classes to choose from a short day, longer day or weekend. Some are suitable for beginners or people with some experience and a few for those who want to progress onto more complicated sculptures. The taster days are suitable for those who want an introduction to willow. The 2 day sculpture weekends are great if you want to make something a little more challenging. Also there are specific 'theme' days where everyone makes the same, such as making a hen making, pheasant making poppy seed heads.

The emphasis of Emma’s teaching is more on the sculptural side of the craft with some simple basketry techniques, rather than basket making.

To book on to a workshop; browse the upcoming dates below, click 'Book' under your desired workshop, follow the payment process and you will receive email confirmation.

Taster day

Learn some simple techniques used in sculpture.

Suitable for beginners. No experience needed. Some things you could make are a fish, snail, rings, simple hearts or a sphere/organic shape. Includes lunch. These dates are on offer for anyone that has a voucher or a workshop that did not run last year. The theme will be quite flexible so that we can accommodate everyone. It is also open to anyone who hasn't got a booking from last year but wants to have a go, assuming there are spaces.

Date Saturday 10 July 2021
Time 10:00 - 16:00
Days 1
Venue Fleet Arts, Belper
Skill Beginners
Spaces available 1 remaining
Cost £55 per person

Taster day

Learn some simple techniques used in sculpture.

Suitable for beginners. No experience needed. Some things you could make are a fish, snail, rings, simple hearts or a sphere/organic shape. Includes lunch. These dates are on offer for anyone that has a voucher or a workshop that did not run last year. The theme will be quite flexible so that we can accommodate everyone. It is also open to anyone who hasn't got a booking from last year but wants to have a go, assuming there are spaces.

Date Sunday 11 July 2021
Time 10:00 - 16:00
Days 1
Venue Fleet Arts, Belper
Skill Beginners
Spaces available 4 remaining
Cost £55 per person

Weekend Retreat - Willow Sculpture Woodland Retreat

Willow Sculpture Woodland Retreat

For more information on the Willow Sculpture Woodland Retreat, please see the blog.

Date Saturday 14 May 2022, Sunday 15 May 2022
Time 10:00 - 16:00
Days 2
Venue Shining Cliff Woods youth hostel, Near Ambergate, Derbyshire.
Skill Some basic knowledge is good, however if you haven’t used willow before that is fine. Maybe choose a slightly easier animal such as an owl or a standing fox. Due to Covid restrictions this is now being postponed till 2022, May 14th and 15th.
Cost £250 per person