The opportunity to share the experience with other like minded people. Excellent course with lots of preparation from the tutor, excellent meal and very warm welcome. Wish I’d found the place years ago. Will certainly come again.

Suzanne Wright

Suzanne lives in the Dales. She works from her studio at home as well as an open studio at Farfield Mill, Sedburgh, Cumbria.

“I have been working with clay since I was a young child. Over the years I have worked with many different clays, glazes and styles. It is in my nature to experiment and I love the technical side of kilns and firing. Clay brings great joy to my life and think it can do the same for most people. Currently, I am intrigued with the animals of the Dales. I am lucky enough to be able to see hares almost every day. They are secretive and majestic. I try to capture that in my work.”

Jess was really helpful and patient when things didn’t quite look how they should do! Just a really lovely day out – perfect me time, thank you!

Anna Cook

Anna is a self taught paper cutter living and working in York. She began paper cutting more than six years ago as a hobby and quickly found a real passion for the craft, obsessing over the finer detail and exploring the versatility of paper. Anna uses a variety of tools to sculpt and emboss the paper, bringing a lifelike quality to her work. She has a background in Design and Printmaking and has worked in the gallery and framing industry. Her inspiration comes from an obsession with old botanical drawings and the beauty of the natural world. Her amazing pieces feature woodland animals and birds, capturing their personalities in a natural habitat in a most remarkable way.

Tara Joy

Tara is an artist who lives and works in Ilkley casting flowers and foliage from the countryside.  She takes inspiration from the beautiful Yorkshire Moorland and its stunning surroundings.

She captures nature and all its detail in silver art clay creating nature inspired pieces of jewellery. Tara has also been making personalised handprint and fingerprint jewellery since 2010.

Leilah Vyner

Leilah started her willow weaving business as a hobby through Medieval Re-enactment around 2000.  First making medieval items like willow bee skeps, eel traps, quivers and chicken cages and not a basket in sight!

As Leilah’s interests moved away from the medieval scene she started to make more everyday items such as baskets and decorations and she soon became interested traditional green wood working too.  Since then the scale of her ambition has grown and she tackles large scale willow sculptures, a wide range of basketry, willow fencing and green willow projects too.  She also has a collection of sculptural pieces that can be hired for events.

Leilah loves to share these tradition craft skills and teaches widely.

You do such a grand job – perfect location and set up, always welcoming, inspiring tutors and great food such a great day out thank you Gaynor, Sue and Vanessa

Abigail Lagden

Abigail Lagden is a self taught, creator of curiosities. Based on the edge of Teesdale, Abigail creates fabric sculptures and mixed media pieces using fabrics, a fabric hardener and a variety of other materials, many of which are recycled.

Abigail’s creations are brimming with texture and rich colours which give the pieces real depth and make you want to reach out and touch them. She has a love of all things magical, mystical and fantastical, and this influence is evident throughout her creations.

Helaina Sharpley

Helaina has been working with wire for the past 15 years, creating intricate and delicate 3D drawings. With subjects including architecture, clocks and tea cups. She is experienced in running workshops for children and adults, always specialising in wire-working techniques.

Helaina started her journey studying a BA in Design Crafts at Hereford College of Art and Design. Tea became an obsession there and she particularly loved the elegance of Edwardian Architecture. It was here, where her love of tea and the Edwardian way of life connected, this became the main feature in her work.

Helaina creates 2d and 3d wirework pieces for galleries, shops and personal commission, in the UK and internationally

Annis McGowan

Needle felting, for Annis began as a hobby. She gained a passion for designing and felting wildlife, another of her loves, and it is now become a small business and is how she makes her living. Annis lives in a beautiful part of the country – The Lake District with it’s famous Herdwick sheep, lakes and fells are a great inspiration. She created the design for her first Herdwick sheep doorstops in 2013 and exhibited them in a local gallery along with other Herdwick sculptures. They have now become a favourite causing such interest she decided to share her skills and techniques and teach other people her method to create them.

Annis loves sharing her skills and ideas and her work can be seen in galleries around the Lake District and further afield.