All our tutors are experts in their fields. Many have been working with us for many years. Each tutor brings their own distinct style to willow weaving, be it a conventional basket or an abstract piece of art. Our weaving teachers offer a wide range of specialist skills and are constantly brimming with fresh ideas. Their enthusiasm makes the courses great fun.
Jay has worked with willow for over 22 years, specialising in site specific weaving. His extensive experience encompasses projects at country cottages and estates to penthouse roof gardens. He has worked with a number of leading garden designers. In recent years, Jay has taken part in Somerset Art Weeks and other art groups, producing screens and seating as well as sculptural pieces.
Rachel is an experienced teacher of both adults and children. She has a broad range of willow skills. Organic inspired sculpture with willow/bark and contemporary basketry are Rachel’s passion.
She is a NAFAS qualified area demonstrator and regularly produces work for design/floral magazines. Rachel works all over the country teaching her speciality – utilising willow within contemporary floral sculptures and structures.
Rachel works for museums, councils, hospitals and schools and demonstrates/exhibits at numerous national events.
Sophie has worked in willow for many years and specialises in large-scale sculptures and living willow projects. You may have seen the leaping deer on the A303, (jointly sculpted with Stephan Jennings) and the striking Beast of the Blackdown Hills near Blagdon Hill.
Sophie’s work has been featured in many national publications and gardening magazines. She enjoys teaching children and adults of all abilities. Sophie takes great pleasure in seeing students that have little or no previous experience of willow, taking home a sculpture they have created.
Sarah brings her basket making and contemporary willow artist skills to the team. Sarah produces a comprehensive range of willow baskets and sculptures.
Sarah is happy to teach, demonstrate and give talks on basketry and willow sculpture.
Woody has been a willow sculptor for over 12 years. His commissions have included 12 ‘treelings’ for Kew Gardens and 6 life size reindeer and Santa sleigh for a major display at Lacock Abbey.
Woody weaves incredible willow animal sculptures which incorporate muscle tone and textures. Occasionally, Woody incorporates fabrics, glass and other recycled materials into his designs.
Jane is a Devon based basket maker who originally discovered the craft 19 years ago after studying cabinet making and working as a carpenter. She has been teaching traditional basketry for 11 years and feels that it is important to protect the knowledge of our traditional rural crafts. She enjoys working with people of all ages, getting them enthused to work with willow; this versatile, sustainable material.