Learn how to make your own simple and beautiful decorations from natural willow in this enjoyable half day workshop with Somerset willow artist Sophie Courtiour. This course is an ideal introduction to creative willow work!
We’ll be making small gifts – such as angels and stars – in natural willow from the Somerset Levels. Simple, effective and beautiful designs suitable to decorate your home and give as gifts.
The workshop runs between 9.30-12.30.
You are welcome to stay on after the workshop for our Christmas carvery lunch though you will need to book separately for this – just let us know when you make your booking for the class.
Who’s it For?
No experience necessary. Suitable for all levels – beginners and intermediate makers.
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.