I am a professionally qualified teacher and artist living and working in and around the Peak District National Park. I teach a number of traditional crafts but specialise in baskets and stained glass (traditional leadwork, copper foiled work & fused glass). I am a professional qualified teacher and NAFAS demonstrator with over 25 years teaching in a variety of education settings ranging from mainstream secondary to special needs provision and adult learning. Classes are friendly, relaxed, learners work at their own pace. Techniques are taught both to the whole class and to individuals as needed. Each course varies in length, cost and level (usually they are aimed at those with some experience or complete beginners-see individual venues. I travel all over the country teaching/demonstrating & illustrate /produce technical drawings for floral arts books/magazines. I am a member of the Basket Makers Association, the Contemporary Glass Society & the Heritage Crafts Association. I regularly exhibit at numerous craft/art exhibitions and in galleries throughout the country including Open Studio's, Art in Action & Great Yorkshire Show.
LATEST NEWS- NOW AVAILABLE! Online Tutorial- How to weave a willow basket In this comprehensive video tutorial you’ll learn how to make a stunning willow basket with willow base. The sections contain detailed instructions on; Making the base, Inserting side stakes / Pricking up, Upsetting, Siding weave, Bordering and Finishing off. You will be shown how to rectify mistakes and learn techniques that make willow weaving simple. By the end of the video you will be weaving a base, using a French Rand weave and trimming like an expert! You should also be the proud owner of a beautiful willow basket. Watch the trailerEnjoy over 2 hours of high quality tuition. Three different camera angles make it easy to follow the expert commentary and guidance. Detailed running orders and a Glossary of Terms are also included. Pricing & Packs Priced at £54.86 exc. VAT (US$69.50), this online video is a fantastic introduction to weaving with willow. Please be aware that the video will be available to stream for 30 days from time of purchase. You can even gift the tutorial. Willow packs have been specifically designed to accompany the video. Each pack contains enough willow for 2 baskets plus plenty of spares!