Willow basketmaking, garden structure and sculpture workshops take place throughout the year at King's Cliffe village hall. We offer one day, weekend and three day workshops. Three day workshops are held during the week and give students the chance to really get stuck into projects. We have reduced class sizes from 10 to 8 students on weekend and three day workshops so you have more tutor time.
Workshops start at 10am and finish at 4pm. Workshops are suitable for beginners, improvers and advanced students. The sculpture classes in July and November and the garden structure workshops in April and May are suitable for children aged 12 years and above.
We use Black Maul willow from Somerset grown by Steven Pearce and buff willow grown and prepared by Musgrove's Willows who are also based in Somerset. In some classes we also use our own willows grown in King's Cliffe. Lap boards are provided for all basketmaking classes. Tools will be provided on the day, but it is helpful if you bring along a sharp pen knife, cushion to kneel on, string and secateurs.
To book a place, print out the booking form and send, with a cheque for the full amount, to Sue Kirk (address is on the contact page). You will then receive more details about the workshop and a map.
The cost of the workshop includes materials except for three day workshops. On weekend and three day workshops a vegetarian lunch is provided by 'The Little Soup Kitchen' who are based in King's Cliffe and use locally grown ingredients.
Throughout the year we use our home grown willow to create bespoke basketry and large scale outdoor sculpture. We also provide a wide range of workshops suitable for schools, colleges and private groups. We are happy to discuss workshop ideas with you and design the day around your requirements.
We also have a Facebook page. So you can keep up to date with workshop news and information about current basketry exhibitions and articles about other basketmakers. There are also links to other related pages such as basketry, weaving, crafts and local arts organisations.