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Willow and the Sea

Our theme this term is ‘the sea’! So how does willow sculpture fit into this?  Well, our PLACE youngsters took up the challenge and set about building the most dazzling array of sea creatures: dolphins, a hammer head shark, a penguin, a swordfish, a seal, (pause for breath), a sea bird, a starfish  and a water spider (this really is a thing – look it up).

All of these creatures were sculpted from ‘withies’ (flexible willow-branch cuttings of various dimensions) under the expert guidance of Charlie Lupton – and the results were stunning. 

Charlie demonstrating to the group. We always get great workshops from Charlie but this one was really special.

Please have a look at our gallery (this and next page) to see the creatures being built and the final results.