Hi, my name is Jo Sadler and I was a gardener and now sculptor of willow! I have just opened my new shop unit at Broadwindsor craft Centre,Dorset called FORGED n WILLOW. I accidently discovered the willow world when visiting the Willow and Wetlands Centre in Stoke St Gregory on a family trip.
I was passing the offices when a cheerful hubbub drew me to an open doorway to reveal a life changing moment! A willow deer workshop run by Sarah Le Breton was taking place and i just had to get on a course.
These courses are like gold dust, so i had to wait,and managed to get in on a cancellation in September where I met Sarah and started my journey in willow/sculpture! We weaved deer, a white hare and peacock!
I am hooked! I weave sculpture all around my day job and hope to expand my business. I make many pieces for all sorts of folk. I love making hares, geese and deer, but any thing can be made really,so i enjoy new projects and one off pieces like owls,fairies and peacocks, even hedgerow baskets!
I want to create pieces that can be hired for events too, table pieces for special occasions, weddings/handfastenings etc
Barrington Court are displaying some Rememberance Poppies for their 'Battle's Over Beacon event on 11th Nov, and later Christmas 2018 where I shall have a few sculptures around the grounds-!!! Workshops on a regular basis at Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset.
An update on my willow sculptures. They can now be seen at Abbotsbury Sub Tropical gardens in Dorset and have just been on display at the National Trust Barrington Court ,Somerset. More are on display at the lovely Picket Lane Nurseries in South Perrot. I have recently displayed in Enchanted Florals window in Glastonbury and currently in the lovely boutique and homeware shop Another Sky in Somerton ,Somerset
Christmas weekend at Dillington House, Illminster, Somerset. 1st&2nd Dec 2018 Deer will be available to buy at end of display.
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