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.




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

Daisy

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!"

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.

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Recent reviews

4 Dec 22'

Loretta reviewed: Resin crushed glass and crystal canvas course - Prestwood

"Great fun. Fantastic results, good enough to put on wall at home. Thank you both..... "

4 Dec 22'

Maggie A reviewed: Beginners Upholstery Workshop in Grappenhall, Cheshire (1 Day) - Make a Footstool & learn all about the tools, foams, materials, folds, finishings etc.

"Attended a course at Grappenhall Heys on 3.12.22 and it was just as Jo described. A perfect day at a relaxed pace with like-minded people learning really valuable techniques. Perfect for complete beginners and Jo is a very good teacher. I already feel ready to do my own straightforward projects at home. A beautiful setting and the cake, drinks and cafe lunch (reasonable price) definitely helped! Thanks Jo :-)"

4 Dec 22'

Amanda Stanley reviewed: Mosaic workshops at Jackie Nash Art

"Fantastic course. You will absolutely love it! Have attended twice and will definitely come back!"

4 Dec 22'

Roger Griffiths reviewed: Fused Glass workshops at Bere Alston, near Tavistock, Devon

"Had a wonderful day with Wendy at her studio; teaching and materials were excellent and I couldn't believe what I was able to accomplish under Wendy's expert help. Would highly recommend this course to anyone."

4 Dec 22'

Maureen Biddle reviewed: Beginners Upholstery Workshop in Grappenhall, Cheshire (1 Day) - Make a Footstool & learn all about the tools, foams, materials, folds, finishings etc.

"Attended this course on the 2nd December 22 and it did not disappoint. Joanne was lovely and very approachable, giving clear instructions and demonstrations. I came home with a lovely footstool, having thoroughly enjoyed the day."

The Boho Shed responded:

" Ahhh Maureen, thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the workshop. Hope to see you again soon. x"

4 Dec 22'

Helen Thomson reviewed: Rag Rug Workshop - Full Day - York

"The venue is excellent, airy, well-lit. The shop is full to the brim of all sorts of sewing material. I would recommend a visit to the Viking Loom if you are into crafts. We did learn the three techniques of rag rugging - whilst making a flower on a hessian bag. That took the morning. We were then shown a book by Elspeth which was then taken away again. We were then given the opportunity to start our” project” - rug, cushion, wreath or flowers. You are given the hessian for your project and you can buy more. I had come to the work shop to make a rug based on the pride colours. As instructed I didn’t bring any material with me - as it would all be provided. This is when the negatives start. The choice of scrap material to do your piece was very limited, (ok whilst you learn how to make the flower - but even then mainly neutral colours) certainly no bright colours or material in sufficient quantity to get a start on the work unless you are happy to constantly change colours. . So I decided to leave early and take my work with me - but then the crunch- to complete your work as a minimum you will need the relevant hook (there are three types), very sharp scissors (which you may have) and the little wood block to get your lengths even (you could manage without that - but your life will be much harder). You therefore need to be aware you will need to put your hand back in your pocket - it all adds up. The book that was passed round will set you back some more cash if you want a copy. So either offer a half day of techniques with the choice to buy the relevant equipment or include the equipment in a full day as there is no way you will finish your rug/cushion etc on the day. And you must bring your own material with you to get started. This is very obviously a franchise- possibly with a mind to make money and direct you to the ragged life website. I have done a lot of courses advertised on the craft courses website and have always felt the tutors were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I didn’t quite get that impression this time. You might be better off watching a YouTube video and buying the hooks and hessian on line rather than doing the course. Certainly not worth the £80"

4 Dec 22'

Pamela reviewed: Alien spoon carving

"This experience is absolutely amazing! Alan is a great, patient, fun & knowledgeable tutor that's super attentive and passionate about sharing his skills with others. I have learned so much withing one workshop and ended up with a beautiful spoon I have never thought of being able to make myself! Extremely happy with the final result of my project and the new skill I learned. Totally reccomend working with Alan, Thank you once again for this experience, I'll definitely be back!"

4 Dec 22'

Chantal reviewed: Felt picture making workshop in Rugby!

"What a wonderful course to have a go at. I’ve never done wet felting before and didn’t really know what to expect. Had a really enjoyable time with Karen who is a lovely tutor and who makes a terrific orange cake to eat at coffee break. I am thrilled with my picture and will attempt to embellish it further before framing it! This is a course well worth going on and is good value for money. I hope to come again to have another go"

Karen Wyeth Contemporary Felt Artist responded:

" Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review Chantal. Look forward to seeing how the embellishing goes!"

4 Dec 22'

Anita reviewed: 1-1 wedding Ring Making course for Anita

"Hi, I truly enjoyed my course I found Carol to be very knowledgable in her work and a lovely person. Thank you Carol. Best regards Anita ."

4 Dec 22'

Mandy reviewed: Christmas Evening Introduction to Fused Glass

"I spent a lovely evening making fused glass decorations with Annette and can highly recommend her sessions. She was welcoming and friendly, explained the choice of decorations well, and demonstrated simply and clearly. The equipment was clearly presented in individual boxes and once we started our projects, Annette was supportive and kind. Refreshments were generous and I came away having made 9 small pieces and feeling very satisfied and well looked after- thank you Annette! "

Annette Daly Glass responded:

" Thank you so much for your lovely review Mandy. I am so glad you enjoyed the evening and look forward to hopefully seeing you at another workshop in the future. All the best Annette"

3 Dec 22'

Liz & Tom reviewed: Creative metalwork and welding, scrap metal sculpture.

"What a creative and inspiring way to spend a day! This was a fantastically run workshop with the right balance of instruction and freedom and I would highly recommend! As a complete novice, I thoroughly enjoyed selecting the components, designing and using the various tools and building my very own robot - I'm so proud of him. The fabulous, good-humoured and friendly Izzy and Felix were on hand to offer advice, guidance and share their expertise where needed, but most importantly the encouragement and freedom to explore, experiment and create. Thank you WTF!"

3 Dec 22'

Chris and Bron Alder reviewed: Blacksmithing Beginners day courses in Yorkshire and the North East

"A thoroughly enjoyable and well managed day that was hosted by excellent and very friendly teachers and caterers. Much to our surprise, we both succeeded in producing two metal flowers each that we'll be proud to 'plant' in our garden. We can thoroughly recommend the course to any beginner and would like to thank the whole team for making this possible."

3 Dec 22'

Kate reviewed: Crafty Basketry's willow basket making for beginners - Day course at King John's Nursery, Etchingham, East Sussex

"Marianne's challenge this time was to accommodate all the ideas that we ambitious students brought with us! One aspired to use the willows brought in her car; the second wanted to make a square tray; and another wanted to make a basket big enough for logs; and one more did follow the given pattern to produce a wonderful wreath and willow angel. In fact, these ARE all things we will now have the courage to take on, having made pretty reasonable (easier) pieces after a day's excellent training from Marianne! Time was 'of the essence', so to make sure our various baskets were complete by the end of the session, Marianne gave them each a few minutes of her expertise - cheating in fact, but we love it! A super day all in all. Thank you! "

Crafty Basketry responded:

" Thank you for your recommendation, Kate. Your rustic tray looks beautiful, with the reds and little twig details. Fantastic to hear you had a super day. You were a fab student! Thank you for sharing your experience."

3 Dec 22'

Pat Jarratt reviewed: Stained glass weekly classes in Sheffield (South Yorkshire)

"A great stained glass course. Many interesting projects to attempt. I have attended several classes now, and Martin is an excellent teacher. He is very helpful, and nothing is too much trouble for him. Thank you Martin."

3 Dec 22'

Lorraine reviewed: Crafty Basketry's Day Weaving Autumn or Christmas Wreaths and other Decorations in Etchingham

"Marianne the instructor was extremely patient, kind and informative , I left feeling that I had learnt a great deal about the craft of weaving and with my Xmas wreath that will take pride of place on my front door I will strongly recommend Mariannes course to friends and family"

Crafty Basketry responded:

" Thanks so much for your recommendation, Lorraine! You were such a fun, cheerful, uplifting and enthusiastic student to have on board. I could see you were in your element, and the wreath with its stylish decoration and angel showed that. Hope to see you again next year, then with daughter. "

3 Dec 22'

Alison reviewed: Upcycling furniture & sustainability workshops

"I had such a lovely day on Kirsty’s upcycling course with my 12 year old daughter. It was a fantastic bonding experience to spend the day with my daughter creating her piece of furniture. We both learnt so much and my daughter is really keen to use her new skills again in the near future. Kirsty was so welcoming and a wealth of knowledge I would 100% recommend this day to others and especially as a fantastic parent/ child bonding day. Thank you so much Kirsty. "

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