CraftCourses helps people experience the joy and satisfaction of making and doing all across the UK, and beyond.

Supporting crafts since 2011

Hands forming a vessel on pottery wheel
Est. 2011, CraftCourses connects people with thousands of craftspeople & artists all across the UK, who teach their wondrous skills!

We have a massive choice of in-person workshops, live online classes, online courses, kits, and a brand new handcrafted shop offered by our large community of independent artisan makers.

Our mission is to help people experience the joy and satisfaction of making and doing, something we humans have always done for our survival and sanity - and arguably still benefit from, as our 35,000 plus reviews confirm...

Based in Pembrokeshire, we are the UK’s largest creative experience site; from glassblowing to blacksmithing, printmaking to pottery, sculpture to photography, there is something for everyone!

Our gift vouchers and cards make a unique and memorable present, redeemable against anything on the CraftCourses site.

Our team on the office terrace in Pembrokeshire.


Who we are?


For eleven years now we have been dedicated to supporting artisans, craftspeople, arts centres & colleges across the UK, with our excellent customer services, marketing and software.

We have a passion for doing some good in the world and sharing the many wonderful benefits of being creative and hands-on.

Want to know more about us? Meet the team.


Do you teach or make?


For our large community of makers/tutors, we offer an effective and efficient way to share your fascinating skills with the world and earn significant additional income.

We are free to join, with no listing fees, we take a commission only when we deliver a fully paid up customer to you. The commission is 10% if you are using our 'instant' model and 12% if you use our 'on request' option for bookings & orders. We also have widget software, which our engineers can install for you, to help you keep all of your bookings and orders in one place - and these commissions are just 4%.

All Makers are welcome to join our teaching/making community by registering here.


Contact


We love to hear from you! You can contact us on the phone or via email and our lines are open  9.30 a.m. and 3 p.m weekdays.

Our team:

Kate Dewmartin

Kate Dewmartin

Founder

Likes: family, friends, nature, music
Dislikes: timetables (and times tables)
Favourite craft: leatherwork

I grew up in leather, paint and wood-workshops as my parents were rocking horse makers. After several years of marketing roles in France and London, in 2011 I set up CraftCourses from my home in West Wales. Making and doing is good for our health and happiness. Whilst creating beautiful and useful things, we relax, we go into a natural ‘flow' state. Later, we get enormous satisfaction from knowing; 'I made that’. Our purpose is to help as many people as possible access that fantastic feeling. My role at CraftCourses is to create an excellent and useful platform for makers, at both the learning & teaching end.

Daisy Ray

Daisy Ray

Customer Service & graphic design

Likes: Wild flowers, good coffee, dogs, beach and forest adventures with loved ones.
Dislikes: Flying birds, Narrow cliff path walks.
Favourite craft: Has to be weaving but would love to get my hands on some clay and try pottery.

As a textile weaver, I understand first hand the positive and therapeutic benefits that come from making. I feel very fortunate to be in a role where I can support both the students and course providers of CraftCourses, helping individuals find the perfect craft experience. My role at CraftCourses: to provide excellent customer service to our students and course providers via phone and email.

Niki Rathmell

Niki Rathmell

Editor

Likes: Dog agility training, writing silly poems, where I live
Dislikes: Cold showers (sorry Wim Hof)!
Favourite craft: Fimo clay - favourite makes are my colourful nativity and Christmas decorations!

Being fascinated by art & literature I love the creative element of this job; it’s a real pleasure to work with such a lovely community of makers! I have the perfect blend of skill and experience for CraftCourses. I've lived in many countries, and most recently spent a decade in Australia where I developed a deep appreciation of Indigenous art and Aboriginal dreamtime. My role at CraftCourses is to write and edit the weekly newsletter and blogs, edit site content and answer the phone when it rings!"

Francesca Smith

Francesca Smith

Digital Marketing

Likes: Beachcombing, picnics with family, my gorgeous dwarf rabbit, Bruce.
Dislikes: Mushrooms, long-distance running.
Favourite craft: Too hard to choose!!!

I live and breathe craft. I absolutely love to experiment with different materials and learn new and exciting skills. I practice mindfulness through creativity and a lot of the materials I use are ‘found’ items from Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastline, so I benefit from the walk and the fresh air too. My role at CraftCourses is to promote the incredible courses we have available with our amazing array of skilled tutors. I review and edit our website content and tell the world about our makers to inspire others to experience a creative course for themselves.

Magda Powalisz

Magda Powalisz

UX designer & front-end engineer

Likes: Books, paddleboard, bike, bouzouki, bass, food and video games
Dislikes: Airports and flying
Favourite craft: Cross-stitch and playing fretted instruments

I used to live a life of an indie rock star, but now I simply enjoy chilling with my two lovely cats ;) I am addicted to learning and always curious about how things work. When I don't learn, read, watch or listen to audiobooks, I like to paddleboard and enjoy outdoor walks and cycling. My role at CraftCourses is to improve the user experience and to design and develop new ideas to make it easy and fun for students and tutors to engage and communicate with each other.

Lewys Evans

Lewys Evans

Software engineer

Likes: Gaming, Dungeons & Dragons, comics, building computers
Dislikes: Food, my whole extended family using my Netflix account
Favourite craft: Woodwork & D&D figurine painting

I live in the middle of nowhere in Pembrokeshire so it was a very pleasant surprise to find such a wonderful coding position so close to home! The team here is small and very friendly. I am a Computer Science graduate of Swansea University. My role at CraftCourses is to test, develop and build new features to improve the overall usability of our platform.

Tom Protheroe

Tom Protheroe

Junior Software Engineer

Likes: Gaming, socialising with friends, ice cream
Dislikes: Early mornings, coffee
Favourite craft: Pottery, painting, guitar

Learn as much as I can and help the more senior members of the dev team build and test new features. I live in a small town in Carmarthenshire. After a brief time at uni and a few years working a job I wasn’t fond of, I got the opportunity to join the CraftCourses team as a Trainee Software Engineer through the Kickstart Scheme. I resumed my higher education in 2021 with the Open University and hope to finally obtain my degree.

David Bowen

David Bowen

Consultant engineer & site daddy

Likes: Computer games, animals, Sweden
Dislikes: Cats jumping on me when I’m asleep
Favourite craft: Figurine painting, wild foraging in my new homeland

I am passionate about solving problems and building smooth and sustainable software. I won the Welsh web finals aged 16 which led me to representing the UK in the Web Design category at WorldSkills London 2011, where I gained the highest scoring Medallion of Excellence. It was at WorldSkills that I met Kate and soon after began building the first iteration of CraftCourses. As luck would have it, I was also based in West Wales, though have since followed my partner Sandra to Sweden. My role at CraftCourses is to build, develop and maintain the website.

With over 30,000 reviews we needed a way to give our star Makers & Tutors the recognition they deserve. Browse the UK's most popular creative tutors & makers from the award-winners below

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Recent reviews

15 Aug 22'

Emily reviewed: Willow Weaving Workshop at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

"We had a lovely day with Faye learning Willow Weaving, will definitely be keeping an eye out for a basket course! Incredibly mindful and a wonderful learning environment created "

Faye of the Forest responded:

" Thank you so much for your review Emily, glad you found the workshop so mindful and enjoyable 😊"

15 Aug 22'

Valerie reviewed: Needle felting with Carol Coyne

"Carol was very pleasant and we were made to feel welcome. Lots of info and advice, enjoyed the day immensely."

15 Aug 22'

Paul Critchley reviewed: Stonecarving in Gloucestershire Cotswolds

"Didn't think stone carving would be my cup of tea but had an amazing time and can't wait for my next visit. The atmosphere, the enjoyment, the training and the sense of achievement is just fabulous and would recommend Sebastian's Cotswold haven to anyone."

15 Aug 22'

Sara reviewed: Bring Your Own Upholstery Project - 1 day workshop 9.30am-4.30pm

"I thoroughly enjoyed my one-day course with Sarah and have already returned to learn more. Sarah is a brilliant teacher - very skilled and knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging. I can highly recommend this course."

15 Aug 22'

Magda & Paola reviewed: Pottery and decorating day for two

"It was a lovely full-day course on a very hot day, and my girlfriend and I were pleased to notice the temperature in the pottery workspace was nice and chilled ;) Marina was very warm and welcoming and lead us through the whole process with clear instructions and help when needed in a chilled atmosphere. Hours passed very quickly and that's always a good indication of having a great time. We can't wait to see how our work will turn out! Thank you, Marina!"

Marina Randall Ceramics responded:

" Thanks Magda for your kind words. It was a lovely hot day and yes - I am particularly grateful for the cool studio at this time. Winter is another story ( but the kiln keeps it warm) You were both brilliant students and fun to teach!😊 will keep you posted when your pots are ready "

15 Aug 22'

Philipp reviewed: Basic automata and mechanical toy making

"Building a wooden automata (I chose Colin the caterpillar) was one of the best and most fun things I can imagine! I had such a fantastic day with Stef and it was incredibly rewarding to be able to create the toy from scratch with no prior experience. From cutting, drilling and sanding the wood, glueing the pieces together and painting the toy - we did everything. Stef explained the mechanics behind the automata and demonstrated all the tools. He was incredibly patient and was always there to help, show a technique again or suggest a different technique, but it always felt like I was building the toy myself. It was a truly enjoyable day. Stef is really easy to get along with and I enjoyed our conversations very much. I cannot recommend this course any higher. Thank you so much again!"

Penlan Crafts responded:

" Dear Philipp, thank you very much for your fantastic review. It was a pleasure meeting you (and working hard!) and I'm glad you had a lovely experience. All the best, Stef"

14 Aug 22'

Jill reviewed: Paul Siggins mosaic masterclass Leigh-on-Sea

"Fabulous course with Paul and Emma what a treat! Really great crash course in mosaic work and everyone will catch the bug if they do a couple of days ….a perfect way to get creative and relax…. Learnt so much and thanks to Paul and Emma who were both helpful and encouraging…made you feel you could do it and we did! The work the group did was impressive and we were all left wanting more!! Many many thanks it was great few days by the sea!! Oh and Erik was the icing on the cake! Woof woof! "

14 Aug 22'

KRISTOFER reviewed: Resin jewellery making workshop

"Was great. I knew the lovely work she did , and learned good things you can add into your own work . She helps you get it right and tells you how do it at home . Talks to you all the time so you do right first time. Not too hard to get to, my sat nav took me to other street but her new home is across the road. It was grate and lovely, 1000% RECOMMEND IT "

ToDot Handcrafted Goods responded:

" Thank you so much for the review! I’m glad you enjoyed it"

14 Aug 22'

Lucy C reviewed: Silver clay, taster class. Saturday 1st October

"Ana is a fabulous teacher. We had a great morning and all came away with items we were delighted with. I'll certainly return to do another, longer workshop. "

A CAT Jewellery responded:

" Thank you so much for attending my course and for such nice review. We had a great time."

14 Aug 22'

Mei Loh reviewed: Introduction to Beaded Jewellery - West Sussex

"I really enjoyed introduction to beaded jewellery class with Wendy, she is calm and very patient, I’m looking forward to attend more of her classes in future."

14 Aug 22'

Geof reviewed: Relaxed introduction to soft pastels. Includes £55 worth of supplies to take home

"I had an excellent one-on-one Introduction to Pastels over 6 hours yesterday; Heather is very good at sharing her enthusiasm and translates her intentions and recommendations very clearly. I'd recommend this course to anyone keen on learning: if you have the will, she will engage with you and pass on her methods. And the coffee was excellent. The location, on a lovely sunny day was fantastic."

14 Aug 22'

Dennise Rossetti reviewed: Stacking Rings for beginners at Simply Amazing Jewellery School

"I was able to do the Rings and Things Course yesterday with Vivian. It was a great day and I came away with a number of gorgeous rings which I haven’t taken off yet. Vivian is a great teacher with immense patience and knowledge. "

Simply Amazing Jewellery School responded:

" Dennise, thank you so much, I really appreciate this lovely review - you made rings for family as well as yourself, fantastic energy and commitment, those gorgeous rings will shine all the better for being worn x"

14 Aug 22'

Geoff Smith reviewed: Beginners 2 sterling silver stacking rings jewellery course

"Booked this course for my 16 year old daughters birthday with her cousin (15). We found out we needed an 18 year old to attend so I (Dad) went and watched and tried to keep out of the way which was difficult as it was enthralling. Sarah contacted me prior to the course to arrange details and offered an earlier start due to the extreme weather which proved to be well worth it. I felt positive before we arrived and this was only reinforced by the friendly welcome from Sarah and Joe her husband and on arrival. The girls immediately felt at ease and the instruction and guidance was excellent throughout. I was genuinely jealous that I hadn't paid to take part myself and despite my best efforts found myself constantly listening and watching as the girls produced flawless stacking rings that they will cherish forever. I can't speak highly enough and the experience was excellent from start to finish and may well have a lasting influence on the girls, thank you Sarah."

14 Aug 22'

Georgina & Michaela reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"We had a wonderful day transforming logs of wood into beautiful spoons, under David's expert tuition and Caroline's kind encouragement. We will definitely keep carving! "

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

" Hi Georgina and Michaela, I’m glad you enjoyed the day, despite the hot weather. I’ll be interested to see how your spoons finally turned out, especially after they’ve been oiled- send me images!"

14 Aug 22'

James M reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"Fantastic day in a great location under the trees. Knowledgable and informative tuition from David and Caroline mixed with plenty of practical time and advice. Great pacing for spoon making with the difference skills needed from the axe and knives throughout the day without feeling rushed and finishing with a completed spoon. Advice for taking up as a hobby offered. "

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

" Hi James, thanks so much for the comprehensive review and thanks to you for being such receptive participant! It was a wonderful day under the trees in the shade- thanks for making it so special."

14 Aug 22'

Jo Healing reviewed: Cheshire LEARN TO UPHOLSTER a Footstool Workshop (1 Day) - Treat Yourself to a 'Me Day' and Learn Upholstery

"I had a lovely day upholstering a footstool with Jo at The Boho Shed, the location is stunning and it's great to come home with something pretty and functional. Jo's instructions were clear and concise and the scones delicious. All round a good day."

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