CraftCourses lists several thousand creative, craft and artisan courses, classes, workshops, events and groups at locations all across the UK, searchable by craft, keyword, region or post code in the boxes above.
Our mission is to to help you find a craft course that inspires your creative desires and to offer a highly effective marketing service for creative and craft tutors and organisations across the UK.
CraftCourses was founded in 2011 and is run by sisters Kate Dewmartin and Lynn de Bersacques. The main office is based in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
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My hope is that this site will interest and inspire people to create, learn new skills and find contentment, relaxation and satisfaction in making things.
For myself I love trying out new skills and visiting the fascinating workshops of our inspiring craft tutors. I love reading the student feedback telling of how much they enjoy being part of a craft session and how their lives are enhanced by getting 'hands on' and making something to cherish.
My background is in wooden rocking horses. My parents founded The Rocking Horse Shop near York just before I was born, so I grew up at craft shows and in and out of wood, metal and leather workshops. Along with my brother and sister, I worked in the business throughout my girlhood. Making things has always been a passion; whether it be handbags, window seats, roman blinds or moccasins.
After graduating from York Uni in 2003, I lived in France for a couple of years working as editorial assistant to the late political author Said K. Aburish. Then to London for several years of online marketing, press and PR jobs. In 2011 I moved to Pembrokeshire and set up CraftCourses. I am married to Harm, a Dutch builder and all round craftsman, and mum of two year old Abel and baby Aiya.
My belief is that craft is good for our health. In learning creative skills, making beautiful and useful things, we relax, we enjoy the sensations of colour and texture - and we enjoy being able to say ‘I made that’.
Growing up in a craft business, I soon learnt to appreciate the myriad of skills required to make it tick; practical ability is just the start ! So when my sister Kate talked about setting up a Craft Courses website that would be simple to use both as an enthusiastic student or a course provider, I saw immediately what a valuable service this would be. I know more than a few craftsmen-and-women who would rather spend their time making and teaching than marketing. I love how CraftCourses connects people with a shared passion and a thirst to learn/teach.
After studying languages and linguistics at Sheffield University I moved to France, where I have been living and working for over ten years now. I run a small business offering translation, proof reading and language tuition. I have three beautiful children and also blog about parenting and special needs, in particular using alternative and augmentative communication, which we have discovered as we try to best support my extra special eldest daughter. In my spare time (because, as you can imagine, I have loads of that) I like to sew, garden and play the piano.
When I lived in Provence I worked for an online company, writing copy, managing accounts and checking online content. It was an interesting role, but I have to say I didn't « love » what I was selling. My work with CraftCourses have shown how different this feels, being part of a positive and dynamic small business, promoting craft courses that are quite simply fascinating... I want to do them all!
Creative course categories include: felting, jewellery, glass, wood, ceramics, willow and basketry, knitting, stone, blacksmithing, mosaic, hand spinning, paper-craft, candle-making, beekeeping, book-binding, photography, calligraphy and many, many more! Please browse through all of the course categories - there is plenty to inspire!
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