What a wonderful three days. The Dutch House was so full of excitement and activity, the carpark overflowed as visitors poured in to take part in the taster sessions for the courses being run and to see the newly dug ecological sculpture garden.
There was a wonderful atmosphere and bustling creativity and proud displays of items made in willow, glass, pottery and of course stone. Visitors painted, drew, kiln fired, played drums, wove, sculpted, printed and decorated pigs! And then sampled the so scrumptious pancakes (I ate too many) and Dutch specialities, hot coffee and home-made cakes from the cafe - all enjoyed outside in the cafe courtyard in the sunshine.
Over the three days I ran taster sessions for the stone carving courses I will be tutoring at the Dutch House, and some very keen and able visitors gave chiselling a try. I am always delighted and amazed at what is achieved. I had plenty help too, with my boulder, which is now beautifully decorated with a sunflower and attendant butterfly. Further carvings of a ladybird, ammonite, more butterflies and an eye were made on the side of the stone. This 'monolith' will remain at the Dutch House on display for all to see, and those who contributed will be able to return to admire their handiwork. Well done and thankyou!