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Make a Reindeer in a Day

Wednesday 11 Dec 9:30am–5pm, 2019

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Price per person:

  • £75

Includes tuition, materials, tea and coffee, and lunch.


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Get set for Christmas! Create your very own Rudolf – for your garden, home or as a gift – in an intensive one-day workshop with Somerset willow sculptor Sophie Courtiour. This course is an ideal introduction to willow sculpture, but expect to work hard to get your reindeer finished!

“Sarah is such a patient and fun tutor, and I think everyone was enormously proud of what they made. I’ve already booked my place for next year.” – Participant

As a guide, the reindeer you will make will measure approximately 30 inches high, 20 inches long and 14 inches wide. It is possible to reduce the size if, for example, you have confined space in which to transport your deer. To make a larger deer (like those pictured) please check out our Christmas Bounty willow workshop, which allows sufficient time to make a bigger reindeer, alongside other Christmas delights!

Who’s it For?

Suitable for beginners and intermediate makers.

The Tutor

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sophie Courtiour will be running this course in place of our usual tutor Sarah Webb.

Sophie Courtiour is a willow sculptor based in Somerset. Given her joint passion for art and the environment, it was inevitable that she would fall under the spell of willow sculpture. A local and sustainable, yet traditional material, Sophie has spent the last decade using willow to create dynamic large-scale pieces. She has completed a number of commissioned sculptures in England and overseas, from private pieces for individuals to public outdoor sculptures and architectural works. Her abstract willow sculptures have been received with critical acclaim, and featured in national publications and gardening magazines, and even on the BBC.

Sophie specialises in living willow projects such as the Leaping Deer near Ilminster and the Beast of the Blackdowns, both of which were created in collaboration with Stefan Jennings. In 2011, the pair completed a ‘Green Cathedral’ as part of the regeneration of Longrun Meadows in Taunton. Measuring 30m by 16m (98ft by 54ft), the ‘Cathedral’ is made from living Somerset willow, and for years now has been used for picnics, performances, yoga classes, and other public gatherings.

In addition to her personal and commissioned pursuits, Sophie enjoys facilitating willow sculpture workshops and demonstrations for aspiring artists and community members. In her spare time, she leads projects for children in schools throughout Somerset, and holds courses for all ages and abilities.