Quirky Workshops 2018


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Craft and Heritage Skills Courses in the Cumbria, the Lake District

Workshops and Courses in Silver ~ Glass ~ Ceramics ~ Printing ~ Bike ~ Lampshades ~ Upcycling ~ Furniture ~ Mosaics ~ Pewter work Calligraphy ~ Landscaping ~ Dowsing

Wed 4 Thu 5 April 2018 fullSat Sun 21 22nd July fullSat Sun 24 25 November 201810am to 4.30pm ish with perhaps an earlier start on day two. 155 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

No previous experience is necessary..

All equipment and tools will be provided, though perhaps it may be a good idea to bring a sketchbook for ideas and notes. Also if appropriate, dont forget a good pair of glasses to enable close detailed work.

Create your own beautiful jewellery with Sterling Silver, Pearls and Semi-Precious Stones.

On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melindas guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace.

Melinda brings all the tools and equipment essential for any proper silver jewellery course.

Once people become familiar with the tools the designs start flowing. Your design will be unique; you will learn cutting, forming, doming, soldering, texturing and polishing.You can work at your own pace and make the most your workshop time.

Melinda trained for 4 years to acquire a BA Hons in Jewellery at Middlesex University plus a 2 year Diamond Mounting course at London Met. She previously exhibited at The Goldsmiths fair and won Student Designer of the Year at the British Jewellery Association Awards. She was awarded a 1st Goldsmiths Craft Council design award.

Her beautiful bespoke contemporary designs use all the traditional jewellery making techniques.A few examples of her work can be seen on her website .uk.

Some Student pieces and feedback from recent courses

Melinda Scarborough is not only a very talented gold and silver smith but an excellent teacher who is able to get complete novices (like me) to produce, in only 2 days, several pieces of jewellery which, if I saw them in a shop, Id pay good money for! We learnt lots of different techniques and everyone on the course made their own unique pieces applying what wed learnt in very different ways, it was one of the things that I was most impressed with, the freedom to make what you wanted. It goes without saying that Annie who hosts the courses provides a delightful space in which to learn and relax and the catering is always splendid.

What a fantastic course! Being a beginner did not matter at all – Melinda was very helpful and patient. You work at your own pace and everyone comes away with several unique and beautiful items of jewellery. I made a necklace and earrings which I am very proud of. Annie is a fabulous host as well, lovely lunch was a well earned break 🙂

I made 3 necklaces on the course – all of which have been admired greatly already. One, a dragonfly, I cannot stop wearing. The course was fabulous – Melinda the tutor was brilliant (and very patient). The food and location were second to none. I would definitely go back again (childcare ie husband allowing!).

These are payable to the tutor directly on the day – depending on the quantity used and silver prices, this will vary from approx 15 upwards.

82 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay.

All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

All pieces on this page are by beginner students

Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family.

Its great for all skill levels and fires as

Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery norm of Sterling Silver (92.5%).

It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools.

You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really.

Jo Dix runs her own jewellery business called Silver Forge in South Cumbria.

Were delighted to have her running wonderful courses for us here at Greystoke.

Materials are charged extra for this day – anything from 20 to 45 or more depending on how much is used.

Jo runs her own Silver jewellery business called Silver Forge in the South Lakes.

Theres a lot of freedom in forming jewellery from Silver Clay and there is less emphasis on the traditional jewellery making skills.

Being made of silver particles the material is not cheap by any means and can command a higher price than mined silver.

Fri Sat 6th 7th July 2018Tue Wed 25 26 Sept 20189.30 – 4.30pm each day

155 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

Come and create your own beautiful stained glass panel in two days. Youll work with coloured, clear and textured glass; learn how to handle and cut it safely and to lead up a small (approx 200mm or 8 square) panel. All glass, tools and equipment are provided.

Traditionally, stained glass windows are associated with cathedrals and churches but these days it is also used in homes for decoration. Staining glass is an ancient art of using colour and light to create atmosphere and to depict images and stories.

This course is suitable for all abilities.

Jackie Hunt is an extremely accomplished tutor of Stained Glass

with a wealth of experience behind her.

She has created some beautiful commissions across the country and we are delighted that she still comes all the way from Dorset to Greystoke for us.

Lead and lead solder are toxic substances both to handle and to breathe in the fumes.

Pregnant women are advised not to handle lead or breathe in fumes.

A health and safety briefing will be given and the use of safety equipment (provided) will be required.


Theres an additional materials charge payable directly to the tutor

of 25 to cover the cost of a panel 8 x 8.

If students choose to make larger panels this will incur an extra charge.

Fused Glass Workshops with Karen Redmayne

We are delighted that International Glass Artist Karen Redmayne from Redcurrant Glass in Forest of Bowland will be taking our Fused Glass workshops for 2018.

Sunday 29 July 2018Inspired Fused glass Lakeland FloraWed 14 NovInspired Fused Glass inc Xmas Decs

Each student will have enough glass to make quite a few items -depending on sizes.

including Christmas Decorations, jewellery, coasters,

Make your own unique festive decorations and ornamental pieces in beautiful coloured glass.

Learn about glass types, cutting, fusing, stacking and slumping and the all important CoE (Coefficient of Expansion) – vital to understand to ensure the right types of glass are successfully fused together.

You will also learn how to incorporate various inclusions using fruits, stringers, stamps, foils and other fragments.

Additional charges are 20 per student. This includes the glass you are initially provided with along with the, firing fee (back at Karens studio)and also the courier

Certain other small items are charged extra eg jewellery hangers, extra dichroics as well as any additional glass you use at cost.

If you do not wish to collect your glass later from the Cycle Cafe, it may be possible for Karen to carefully post it back to your UK home address (not inner London or islands) using a carrier perhaps from 5 but perhaps more depending on the weight.

Never buy a Door Wreath again! Make your own Festive Creation with fresh greenery and learn how easy it is to create something very professional looking.

Youll use a new large oasis ring (16 costing (8, which can be renewed with fresh oasis and decoration year after year. Spice it up with cones, berries, fruits and ribbons.

There may even be time to make more than one wreath – perhaps 2 (these make lovely presents for friends at Xmas time). For the second wreath we will show you how to add new oasis to an old frame and this will mean you will know how to re use your oasis ring for following years. The second rings are charged at 5 to 8 depending on whether they are new or recycled..

As well as supplying greenery ourselves, we will ask each person coming the day before – or early that morning – to gather a large (trolley bag size) full of mixed greenery to bring along for the course. we can then share out what we have and create the most stunning large wreaths and also great fun making them.

Below is a list of examples that we may have some supplies of – however not enough for all so we suggest you bring your own to decorate and add the final touches to the foliage if you wish – remember you will be hoping these look fresh for at least 2 weeks.

Holly with Berries attached – Seedheads

Dried Fruit -ie oranges, lemons, limes

fir cones – sprayed white silver or gold

Anything else you think may look good

We will show you how to wire up and attach any decorations that you choose and we hope you will never consider buying a made up door wreath again.

Bike Maintenance courses with Dan Richards of Lake District Cycling

Dont know how to mend a puncture? Do you wish you could service your own bike?

Dan is a qualified Cytech 3 mechanic and owner of Lake District Cycling, a cycling service provider (in association with Virgin Trains at Penrith Station, providing much needed prebookable Cycle Hire from the station platform) as well as guided rides /tours and a cycling information resource for the local areas.

Build a Bike DaySat 10 March 2018Sun 11 March 2018Sat 14 April 201810am – 4pm

To qualify for this course you must be able to at least remove a back wheel happily and change an inner tube.

Your bikes should be thoroughly cleaned before you arrive.

Each students will be provided with a bike work stand and set of tools and then will be shown how to remove all the components piece by piece.

This is not a bike renovation day, so please dont bring along a project from the garden shed!

Bikes should be in good working order without seized parts but possibly in need of a general service. Please note: It is not possible to work on bikes with Campagnolo groupsets as the tools required are quite different.

There will be a 5 materials charge which includes one cable and all oils, cleaning and greases used. If you wish to change more than one cable they will cost extra.

for LadiesSat 14 April 20185pm – 7.30pm

25 inc a cream tea half way through

This short evening course is hands-on and is designed to make sure you can become self sufficient when out on your own on a bike ride.

Starting from the very beginning with the basic parts of a bike, you will learn all about bike types and their wheels, then moving onto gears, types of brakes, what to look for regarding any servicing needs (when is it worn out ?) and of course, how to mend the dreaded puncture/ change an inner tube.

This includes removing and replacing the back wheel.

By the end youll be raring to ride off into the sunset without worrying what if I get a puncture?!

Steve points out to the group the parts he is most impressed with- the choice of stone is everything!

Dry Stone Walling is very physically demanding, at times the ground is unsafe, uneven and rocky.

Stones are heavy, unwieldy and need lifting to around 3 or 4 ft.

Only those who are fit to participate should sign up.

There will be a safety briefing and you will be asked to sign a disclaimer before the day.

Those with previous or existing back problems or who are pregnant should not consider this day.

We are collecting names of students interested in this class and once sufficient numbers we will email you with a date pleasedo let us know herethat you are waiting.

Learn this age old skill of creating a solid stone wall without the use of any cement or mortar. Steve (the existing & many times World Champion Dry Stone Waller) will guide you through the setting out & various stages of wall construction. He spends a lot of time in America working with Andy Goldsworthy and will have a lot of knowledge and stories to share. This course is suitable for all abilites.

Please bring safety goggles, suitable gloves and safety boots.

Hands-On Cobbling Day with Adam Beeston

We are currently gathering interested students and when we have enough we will try to find a suitable

workshop date for 2018 – please regsiter your interest.

Join Adam Beeston here for a day of cobbling.

Adam is very experienced in both teaching and cobbling. This is a Hands On day enabling you to learn the skills associated with tradtiional methods of laying cobbles (before the days of cement and vibrating compactors!) This will be a relatively peaceful day with your square metre of ground in front of you and the materials and expertise to learn this age old traditional skill.

You will leave with a good knowledge of the use of cobbles in hard landscaping, the different layers required – selecting the correct materials and learning the skill of locking the cobbles together to form a hard and durable surface

Adam is Head of Hard Landscaping in the Horticulture Dept at local Newton Rigg College.

He also works on private commissions and over the years has helped with the construction of several prize winning Chelsea Show Gardens.

We are collecting names of students interested in this class and once sufficient numbers we will email you with a date.

Please dolet us know herethat you are waiting.

Cobbling an be physically demanding, sometime the stones are quite large and it is possible that at times the ground is unsafe and uneven.

Please bring safety goggles, suitable gloves and soft wooden or rubber mallet and even a kneeler or knee pads.

Friday 10 November 2017Sun 1st July 2018Tue 20th Nov 201810am – 4pm

75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

This day is suitable for all abilities

Much of Gwens work is defined by the unique incorporation of textile pattern into her porcelain, making her work so unique and admired.

Gwen will start the day by introducing you to porcelain clay, a beautiful material to work with; you are able to make quite fine pots as a complete beginner. You will learn how to roll the clay to a useable thickness, then roll lace patterns of your choice into the clay. Once leather hard you will construct a slab pot, which may be a vase, or tea light. These pots may then be further embellished with clay buttons or lace, all of which Gwen will skillfully show you how to do. A coloured slip may be added at this stage to show up the texture in the lace patterns. Scraps of embellished clay may be made into buttons or jewellery.

If you have a particular piece of lace or textured fabric that you would like to incorporte into the vase then do bring it along. Gwen will advise if it is suitable for using, maybe you have a piece of lace from your wedding dress/veil you would like to immortalise in a vase. A lovely course for mother and daughter to come to together.

There will be an additional cost for materials used (including both clay and 2 firings of the clay) of 10, payable to the tutor on the day. You should be able to make at least 2 vases and 2 tea lights in a day and use the remaining clay to make some small delicate decorations.

Your pieces can be detailed in white or a slip or lustre added to highlight the textures that you have incorporated. Adding a lustre might incur an extra firing charge.

The vases can be posted if you are not local for 10 or they can be collected from Brougham Hall or the Cafe

Applique Relief Tiles in Porcelainwith Gwen BainbridgeThu 12 April 2018Fri 3rd August 201810am – 4pm

A day with this very talented ceramics artist to create a tile up to A4 size or a series of three smaller tiles (a tryptych) or individual pieces to suit your need.

Using beautiful cutters and stamps (bring your own if you have) and incorporating Gwens own signature use of textures and patterns you will learn how to create your own beautiful designs whether drawn freehand, layered, pressed or imprinted, and built up in relief for a lovely effect.

You might to incorporate pressed flowers and leaves shapes(work best when dried and flat) . Pick and press your flowers to bring carefully on the day within a book. Lavender and daisy, ivy leaves, wild strawberry, small leaved geranium all work well.

The materials charge for this to include the usual firing which will be 10 payable to Gwen.

Further porcelain will be available at cost pro rata.

(morning course on these days are stencilled lampshades-please see here)

Bring your own materialand let Sonja show you how to make a perfect hand rolled drum lampshade. Sonja will have some lovely materials for sale too. Please let us know if you require a different size shade kit.

Having spent several years working as a repeat pattern designer with the high end textile printers she left London to return to her home county of Yorkshire to start her own pattern design company. Since 2009 Georgia Wilkinson Designs has been offering innovative, fresh and unique hand printed textiles operating out of a cricket pavillion on her parents farm and her products are sold in shops throughout the UK as well as online. Her designs are fun, bright and uplifting with her fabric available by the metre or alternatively lovingly transformed into beautiful lampshades and cushions ready for your home.

Georgia will arrive with all the tools and equipment needed and during this short course you will have fun creating and completing a lovely drum lampshade to take home.

Georgia will bring a selection of her wonderful fresh fabrics from her Yorkshire studio and students can choose these for their lampshades or they can bring their own fabric.

The course price includes everything required to make a smaller shade if you bring your own fabric. If you choose larger options or select some of Georgias fabric, these will be charged extra.

Hot drinks and scones will be served mid way through the course

There will be an additional materials charge of between 10 and 15 payable to Georgia on the day.

Over first coffees, Georgia will tell you a little about her self and explain what is possible over the day, with hints and tips for your design in mind suitable for a repeat pattern.

Once your design is finalised on paper you will learn to make block prints using a variety of mixed media tools and you will practise on paper before turning and printing up the cotton panama fabric she supplies.

The material for the lampshade will be then cured and hand rolled and carefully finished into a lampshade.

A further pieces of fabric may be printed for a matching cushion cover front to take home and make a cushion You can choose to make either a small table lamp shade or a larger pendant ceiling shade – Georgia will advise on print types according to shade sizes.

Courses led by expert of design and thrift ..award winning tutor Sonja Tilleard of White and Green home interiors in Cockermouth.

Sonja has acquired both considerable knowledge and extensive training over the years of running her unique home interiors business, employing favourite brands

such as Annie Sloane Chalk Paints, Farrow and Ball along with stencils, rollers, gilded finishes, waxes and offering hints and tips galore!

75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

To begin under Sonjas guidance and working on simple boards you will learn the various techniques of using chalk paints including distressing and waxing techniques that will be explained, shown and practised.

Students can then work on their own small piece of furniture such as a picture frame or a small stool, chair, tiny table etc and renovate it after lunch using the learnt techniques. The brilliant thing about Chalk Paint is you dont need to do much , if any, prep to the surface (no sanding etc) – one can just paint over existing finishes. Chalk paint is a great leveller.

Sonja will bring all the materials specialist brushes, paints and waxes required and a materials charge will be made per person – possibly around 5-10 payable directly to the tutor depending on the size of each piece.

Sonja will bring various fabrics for you to choose from and a variety of stencils for you to use in create a variety of professional patterns in your chosen colours – learning & perfecting the finer points of stencilling.

Included in the cost of the course is a 30cm shade kit.Please contact us if you wish to make two smaller matching shades andSonja will advise.

The morning stencilling course on these dates is followed in the afternoon by the

non-stencilling equivilant with Sonja of . .

using some of your favourite fabric afternoon.

We can organise this day for a bespoke group

– Hen parties etc .Please get in touch

Combining the patterned paint roller techniques used on a separate course you will start the day by printing a piece of fabric which will be used to make a drum lampshade.

Using chalk paint, you will also paint & wax a lamp base to co-ordinate with your fabric.

By the end of the class you will take home a fully pat tested lamp unique to you – perfect for your house and amazingly unique as a special present for someone else.

There will be a materials charge of approx 35 for the complete lamp kit or similar, depending on the sizes chosen.

Cyanotype Printing in Sunshine with Kim Tillyer

75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

Cyanotype printing is an early form of photography, distinctive for its rich blue colouring and the ethereal quality of the images.

The prints are traditionally exposed using sunlight and were originally adopted by botanists to accurately capture the silhouette of the plants they studied.

During this fascinating day with Kim you will learn about the history and technical process of cyanotype and proceed to coat papers and/or fabrics to create unique prints using found objects from the garden, stencils or prepared negatives and watch as the sunlight (or special light if its cloudy)magically develops your works of art.The results are different every time so each print is a unique monotype.

Kim graduated from Cleveland College of Art with first class honours in Textiles and Surface Design and is an artist working in Newlands Valley near Keswick. Her work incorporates cyanotype, drawing and stitch.

Visitfor more images and information.

The course is suitable for adults of all abilities and will take place in the barn although part of the process will involve use of an outside tap and rinsing area which will be under cover if the weather is bad.

Materials will be extra on the day depending on how much you use – somewhere between 5 and 10 payable to the tutor directly.

This course is suitable for all abilities.

Whilst we are still hoping to receive an autumn date from Janet, we have managed to find another very talented Lino cut tutor (not reduction) to take a course at Greystoke in July

Please make sure you have ticked printing on the Keep me Posted link

at top of this web page. We will email you when her dates appear – thank you

85 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

We are delighted that Janet has agreed to travel all the way from her Northumberland home & print studio to take her wonderful Linocut courses at Greystoke.

Her style, love of garden, flora and landscape fit perfectly and hopefully well be holding at least one of her courses in the garden!

Janet Dickson is a printmaker whose work interprets pattern and design in the garden and landscape, creating, lithographs and monotypes as well as her multilayered linocuts.

Many of Janets prints begin life in her sketchbooks, from drawings made on location.

I am inspired by plants and natural forms, as a gardener and a printmaker – from their colour and the detail of their structure to the visual impact they have on their surroundings.

The garden, therefore, is one of my key subjects, but colour, structure and pattern in landscape draws me too. Drawing underpins my work – it is where many of my prints begin and the processes I choose allow me to incorporate drawing in some form or other.

The examples of work you see here embody my practice.

Please bring an apron and wear non precious clothes – printing is messy and the ink stains.

There will be a materials ch