I teach private groups either at my workshop in South Wales or in a space you provide. I am able to provide tutoring in different styles and at different levels to suit you. I supply all the equipment and materials you will need.
New for 2021: Progressive Basketry Courses Online
These are online course packages of 1-1 Zoom sessions (first session FREE), supporting handouts and instructions, homework and email/ Whatsapp support between sessions. Tuition is comprehensive and will enable you to make rapid progress through basketmaking skills. Find out more about the individual courses below.
Contact me if you'd like to book or have any further questions.
Tuition via Zoom - Beginners
These are online course packages of 4 x 1-1 Zoom sessions (first session FREE), supporting handouts and instructions, homework and email/whats app support between sessions. Tuition is comprehensive and will enable you to make rapid progress through basketmaking skills. Material kits available if required although willow purchasing advice will be given in Session 1.
Weave a Berry Basket
Session 1 (FREE) Purchasing and preparing buff and brown willow for weaving, sorting and soaking, selection of materials for basketmaking. Tools for basketmaking.
For Canada and USA Willow supplies contact Branch Ranch
Session 2 £70 Weaving bases
Session 3 £70 Staking up and Waling
Session 4 £70 Trac border and principles of inserting handles
Weave a fruit basket
Session 1 (FREE) Revision - preparing brown willow for weaving, sorting and soaking, selection of materials for basketmaking.
Session 2 £70 Bases evaluated and continued
Session 3 £70 Weaving continued - Introduction to french randing
Session 4 £70 Behind one borders
Beginner 3 Weave a Small shopping basket with handle
Session 1 (FREE) Troubleshooting with material preparation
Session 2 £70 Larger bases
Session 3 £70 Weaving Continued - French randing, English Randing, Slewing
Session 3 £70 Behind 2 borders
To get the most out of these courses it is advised that you purchase a webcam and adjustable stand which can be used to focus closely on your hands.
Workshop Small Group Tuition
Small group classes are held in my workshop with a maximum of 3 students at a time (1 or 2 while social distancing measures are in place) . Students choose either 2, 3 or 4 day packages of tuition. For students who are serious about making progress I can offer 1-1 support between sessions via Zoom.
The teacher/student numbers are very favourable and specific homework will be provided.
For Beginners the programme starts right at the beginning with sorting and preparing materials and runs right through a progressive programme, for intermediates I would expect students to be choosing and focussing on a specific skill or basket they wish to make. Welsh Basket tuition a speciality eg Cyntell, Welsh Shopper, Llangwm Fisherwoman Pannier, Welsh Tea things basket, Penclawdd Cockle Basket (4 days)
Workshop Sessions (2 students max for 2020, early 2021) £90 per day tuition, minimum of 2 days - materials extra depending on use
Zoom 1-1 tutorials £70 per session (approximately 1-2 hours tuition face to face - demonstration plus observation of student weaving) plus support materials and email support between sessions.
(Bed and breakfast sometimes available with me £25 per night or at Little West Bungalows, Southerndown http://www.littlewestbungalows.co.uk/ (walking distance along the beautiful coast from the workshop). Use of the workshop outside formal tuition times welcome.
Online Cyntell Course via Zoom - 3 Taught Sessions, Instructions and 14" Cyntell Frame set
This is for 1-1 basketry tuition to learn the traditional Welsh Basket, the Cyntell. The price includes a 14" Cyntell Frame and Rib Set for you to use in Session 2 and 3. You will need thick willow for ribs and basketry willow for weaving to complete the course (I can provide this on request if necessary).
This Online Course of 3 zoom sessions includes full written instructions and forma templates. Each session will be recorded so that you have an individual instruction video to refer to in the future. Individual feedback will be given via Zoom and includes specific skills teaching following a structured programme and suggested homework. Email support is also offered between sessions.
Short Introductory Session (FREE) Material purchasing, selection and preparation
For Canada and USA Willow supplies contact the Branch Ranch
Session 1 - Making and using formas to make hoops. Splitting and Shaving willow to make ribs
Full instructions and forma templates will be given after this session.
Time should be allowed for the hoop and ribs to dry.
Session 2 - Weaving the Cyntell - Tying on the first 4 ribs, splitting and shaving additional ribs and shaping the basket
Session 3 - In the round ribs, finishing the weave and finishing details
NB It can be useful for you to use a webcam and adjustable stand which can be used to focus closely on your hands in order for me to give you the best feedback.