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Full Programme

We're thrilled to announce the opening of our lovely new Studio ... the 'Swallow Barn'.
Renovated during lockdown, please see HERE for full details about this beautiful, spacious Covid-secure listed barn, from which we restarted courses in late July 2020

Below is our  ‘Full Programme’ , several new dates have been added for summer 2020, listed first.

Make a Stained Glass Mirror Tue 11 Aug 
Make a Stained Glass Mirror Thu 13 Aug

Textures in Porcelain with Gwen Bainbridge 
                   ...making beautiful Planters and Relief Tiles   Thursday 20 Aug
  Discovering RAKU  Fri 25th Aug
  Build a Cob Pizza Oven  Thu 20th Aug or Sun 23rd Aug
  Traditional English Longbow making 2 days Tue 25th Wed 26th Aug
  Needle Felt Owls  Wed 2nd Sept with Annis McGowan
  Breaking the Rules of Painting Friday 11 Sept

Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

9.30am – 4.30pm
£78 (£90 Sheep**)  Lunch included
Material Charges : around £10

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Sheep, Hares, Hens & Cockerels or a small Deer 

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.                     

** for the larger Willow sheep, the course fee is £90.  We will contact you about arranging payment for this additional sum , thank you.

Dates for this course - see the table below to book:

2019:  Thur 14th Nov: Hens/Cockerels  ~  Tues 26th November: Hares 

2020:  Wed 10th June: Hens/Cockerels  ~  Tues 16th June: Deer ~  Tue 8th Sept: Sheep (£90**)  ~  Thu 9th Oct: Hares  ~  Wed 18th Nov: Hens/Cockerels

(Fri 6th Dec 2019 & Wed 2nd Dec 2020: Angels ~ separate entry)

Kindly note there will be a materials charge payable directly to the tutor on the day of around £10 ,  typically this course runs with around 11 students.

Please bring:All materials will be provided by the tutor for your Quirky Willow day. Phil brings his own special home grown Cumbrian willow that is tended with love, then harvested, sorted and carefully stored by Phil before soaking again a week before the course. Most importantly, Phil’s willow is organic (some people suffer skin rashes from working with sprayed commercially grown willow) Phil often has spare willow available for sale at the end of the class - please remember to bring extra cash if it’s likely that you’ll wish to buy more to take home with you. 

About the Artist   When not teaching, creating, demonstrating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willow beds near Cockermouth.In order to protect the creative process & copyright of the pieces you will be making on the Willow weaving and Wire sculpture workshop days we kindly request that students do not take videos or systematically photograph the different stages during the day. Thank you for your understanding and help to preserve the originality of our tutor’s designs.


Workshop Date Individual Price Available places Book
Tue 8th September 2020 9:30 am £78.00 2
Thu 8th October 2020 9:30 am £78.00 0
Wed 18th November 2020 9:30 am £78.00 7
Quirky Workshops, Cumbria