Event details

Friday 6 October | 9.30am–4.30pm
Saturday 7 October | 9.30am–4.30pm

£190 per person
Includes lunch, tea and coffee

International willow artist Emma Stothard returns to Chatsworth for an autumnal willow weaving masterclass. Create your own characterful cock pheasant sculpture out of willow in this fully guided workshop, perfect for decorating your house or garden this autumn. As part of your day, enjoy an introductory talk by Emma about her work and experience, followed by the opportunity to master the art of willow weaving.

Refreshments and a delicious locally sourced picnic lunch will be provided.

The workshop will take place outdoors, with hot drinks provided throughout the day. We advise wearing very warm clothing including a hat and thick socks. Willow can be a physically demanding material to work with so please let us know if you have any access requirements and we will speak to you about your needs.

All tools, PPE and materials are provided.

About Emma Stothard
Acclaimed artist Emma has created beautiful sculptures across the country, including commissions for the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the Great Yorkshire Show. Emma has most recently created a series of striking new sculptures for the Whitby Sculpture Trail.

“I just love willow,” says Emma of the material she started her career with. “It’s a completely natural product, it’s very versatile, it has a wonderful smell, and a real energy. Working with it is almost like drawing in wood – each willow withy tapers naturally, as a line in pencil does. It has an ethereal quality, yet still gives solid shape, form and structure.

“The finished product needs a little more care than the metal versions, depending on the environment it’s in, but look after it, and it’ll last beautifully for years.”

For more information about Emma, visit her website:

The event will take place at the Chatsworth Stickyard – please arrive for a prompt start at 9.30am. The Stickyard is located in Stand Wood near the farmyard. There is a fairly steep incline to reach the venue – please contact education@chatsworth.org if you require blue badge parking closer to the venue or have any access requirements.

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