This workshop gives you the unique opportunity to experience the basics of two crafts in 1 day in your own personal workshop (no other students in the workshop) with private one-to-one tuition. The studios are located in the cottage garden of our home on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
The "2 crafts in 1 day" workshop is aimed at those who want to have a go at both of these fun crafts, and come away having learnt some basic techniques in both disciplines. As this is a private tuition experience, the course is focused but fun, so would make a fantastic gift, and is perfect for those who might not want to be in a group session.
The day can also be experienced by just one person (to book this, please refer to our other workshop "2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 1 person".
This makes for a wonderful Valentine's or anniversary experience, and can also be enjoyed by a parent and child.
The morning is spent learning the ropes of woodturning - how to cut and shape wood on the lathe, understanding a little about the different tools required, and making a few pieces to take home.
After a light farmhouse-style lunch (which we provide), the afternoon then continues with a pottery session. Students can have fun with clay, focusing on some basic hand building methods to get them used to handling the material using the techniques of pinching, coiling, slab building and also throwing on the wheel.
A total of 3 pieces per person can then be chosen for us to glaze and fire once they have dried sufficiently. When ready, they can either be collected by the student (if they live locally) or I can post them on (I have to charge postage & packaging).
Refreshments are provided during both workshops, and a light, rustic farmhouse-style lunch is also included. Depending on the weather/time of year, lunch can be taken either out in the cottage garden or in our country kitchen.
The sessions are hands-on with expert 1-2-1 tuition - and the student will be able to use all the studio facilities. Each student will also be provided with a certificate of participation for both crafts.
About a week before your workshop date, we'll e-mail you again with more details about parking etc.
We also offer accommodation in the form of our Crafter's Retreat cabin or we can advise of other local B&Bs.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
1. All tools, materials and personal protection equipment is included (eye protection/lung protection for woodturning).
Some smocks and old shirts are available, but the student may wish to bring their own. If they already have some woodturning tools, they could bring these along too if they wish. It is important that the student wears comfortable shoes and clothing.
2. Ideally, rings and bracelets will need to be removed during the workshops (especially for pottery, as they can mark the clay).
3. Refreshments (tea/coffee/soft drinks) and a light, rustic farmhouse-style lunch will be provided.
4. The woodturning workshop is equipped with a Record Power DVR-XP lathe and dust extraction equipment. The pottery studio includes a wedging table, extruder, large table for hand building on, two Shimpo pottery wheels and a large top-loader kiln.
5. The experience is one to one private tuition, ensuring the student gets the maximum benefit from the day with no distractions.
6. The age limit is 16+, unless accompanied by an adult.
7. We have insurance (IWW/5102205) to cover training & public liability.
8. All the student's woodturned work can be taken home. The pottery (up to three pieces each) will need to dry completely and either be collected or posted on once it is ready (usually 2 - 3 weeks after the workshop).
9. Students are provided with a certificate of participation.
10. We can advise of local accommodation for those wishing to stay in the area overnight.
1 day (flexible times to suit)
This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
This was a fun packed day, being taught wood turning and pottery in one day. Louise and Simon were very knowledgeable and patient with a sense of fun throughout the day. No hesitation in recommending them.
Response from Blended Monkey:Simon and I really enjoyed having you guys in the studios and we're pleased you had a good experience - and a few laughs along the way! You both made some really lovely pieces and I'm also eager to see your pots when they emerge from the kiln. Thanks again for the review :-).
Absolutely fantastic day!
We were given a very warm welcome right from the start by Simon and Louise in in their beautiful home and garden, having morning tea and biscuits while we had our introduction in the wood turning workshop. Simon gave very clear guidance, and really useful demonstrations and explanations. We had plenty of time on the lathes and before lunch we had learned useful basic skills and finished a simple turning project.
After a very nice lunch, we then moved to the pottery workshop, where Louise was very inspirational helping us to design and create pinch pots and a slab-formed vase. She was lovely to spend time with and learn from. We then finished the day on the wheel learning to throw pots. One of us seemed to be a natural at this, the other less so (but she’s very keen to come back and try it again!). Again, excellent demonstrations - and patience when the student takes “throwing” slightly too literally… We are really looking forward to seeing our creations when they’ve been fired and sent out to us.
Overall an amazing day, very enjoyable and we learned loads. We very highly recommend this course and we will definitely be back for more!
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Jenny, hi Howard,
My son and I enjoyed our days woodturning so much last year we returned with the girls for pottery and woodturning, again, not disappointed enjoying a superb days experience, can't recommend enough. Lovely lunch too. Thanks Blended Monkey.
Response from Blended Monkey:So lovely to see you guys again! And so glad you enjoyed another day with us. Hope your woodturning goes from strength to strength and you like your ceramics once they are finished.
Both Simon (wood-turning) and Louise (Clay work) were wonderful! They made us feel very welcome and were great at getting two complete beginners (Mother and daughter) to feel confident in using the tools and equipment available. It didn't matter when we went wrong, it was just used as a learning moment and they then helped us to rectify any issues that we wanted rectifying. They both had a very calm and approachable manner. The day was delivered in an upbeat, positive and friendly way. Although the course had said lunch was included, we both assumed a quick sandwich, how wrong we were. Simon and Louise invited us into their kitchen and presented us with a wonderful farmhouse lunch which we ate with them whilst chatting. As well as new skills, we took home our turned wood and are excited about receiving 3 pieces of our pottery work once they are fired and glazed.
We couldn't recommend this day more highly! what an amazing way to spend quality time with each other and learn some great, new skills.
Response from Blended Monkey:It was really lovely having you guys in the woodturning workshop and ceramics studio! You both grasped the various techniques really well and with good humour.
My husband and I had a wonderful day at Blended Monkey. Learning new skills from Simon and Louise who are so knowledge and very patient. Thank you both.
Response from Blended Monkey:It was a pleasure having you guys in the woodturning workshop and the pottery studio. You both made some really lovely pieces! We're glad you enjoyed your experience :-).
We booked the 2 crafts in 1 day for a couple and had a brilliant day! We carried out woodturning in the morning and pottery in the afternoon… Louise and Simon showed a huge passion for their craft which was contagious. They guided us through the basics giving us lots of interesting information to help but then stood back and allowed us to get into our own groove and enjoy experimenting with the woodturning and pottery. Well run and thorough... a lovely relaxing day was had!
Response from Blended Monkey:I was nice to have you guys in the studios and we're so pleased you enjoyed your super-creative crafty day here at Blended Monkey :-).
Both Simon and Louise are so patient and incredibly talented. They are clearly very passionate about their crafts and made the day informative, safe, inspiring and fun.
They are both such lovely people and very easy to talk to and they genuinely could not have done any more to make our day special.
Me and my son had the most wonderful day learning new skills and we are hoping to return for another session next year.
Response from Blended Monkey:It was a real delight having you guys in our studios :-).
Attended the Blended Monkey for the day with my wife, we both had a great time learnt some new skills and experiences. Would recommend it to anyone and I would be surprised if we are not back again at some point to take one of the skills further. You can't give a much better recommendation.
Response from Blended Monkey:It was lovely to meet you both and have you in the woodturning and pottery studios for your 2 Crafts in 1 Day experience. We're really pleased you enjoyed your workshops and would love to welcome you back again sometime. You made some lovely pieces. Well done!
What a fantastic day! I purchased the '2 crafts in 1 day' as a gift for my husband. We were not sure what to expect but the communication with both Simon and Louise leading up to the booking was so friendly we were both looking forward to a great day and to meeting them in person. We were not disappointed. Both the workshops - woodturning and pottery - were amazing. We loved every minute and the day went in a blink of an eye. We have both learnt so much about both crafts which has ignited a need to be more creative going forward. Both Simon and Louise were excellent hosts, mentors and tutors for the day - we would highly recommend giving their craft days a go!
Response from Blended Monkey:It was an absolute pleasure having you guys in the woodturning workshop and ceramics studio. We're so pleased you enjoyed the day - and we're glad you were able to let your creative juices flow! Your pots have dried and will be fired very soon. Thank you for your lovely review :-).
Fantastic and most enjoyable day at Blended Monkey.
I did the two in one, wood turning and pottery day with my brother in law. We had a great time, learnt a lot about both crafts and had a lot of fun and laughs.
Simon and Louise are relaxed and patient teachers and we were both amazed how well we did in such a short time as total novices!
I would definitely recommend the courses.
Andrew and Kozo
Response from Blended Monkey:We really enjoyed having you guys in the studios! You both created some lovely pieces and we all had a great time :-). We're really happy that you found the experience to be enjoyable and that you felt you'd achieved something - and that you certainly did! Well done! We'll let you know as soon as your pots are ready. Thanks for the lovely review!
We had a fantastic time at Blended Monkey, Simon and Louise both led us through our new crafts in an understandable way. They made us feel very welcome and were easy to talk to, Louise treated us to a lovely lunch too! We were very happy with the way we progressed through both sessions and are proud of what we made!! We had great fun and highly recommend them as an experience
Response from Blended Monkey:It was great having you and Ian in the woodturning workshop and pottery studio, and it's lovely to hear that you both enjoyed your day. You have every right to be proud of what you made! I'll be in touch as soon as your beautiful ceramic pieces are ready.
We decided to give each other as a Christmas present 2020, the 2 crafts in 1 day course, wood turning and pottery with Blended Monkey, managed to book it in July.
I have done woodworking which is not the same as wood turning and have never done pottery, my wife had not done either. The day started on time at 10am and ended at 5pm with one hour for lunch at 1pm.
Enjoyed both, good teaching in the wood turning and we both manged to produce the set piece of a honey spoon. Also, good teaching in the pottery, three styles taught hand formed, slab and wheel. The wheel is the hardest one and found the slab the easiest or more productive style.
We await the outcome of our pottery efforts when they have been fired.
Lunch was provided which provided a relaxation and chance to chat, with the hosts Louise and Simon.
Overall, I would recommend this Blended Monkey course, regardless of skill level.
Response from Blended Monkey:Thank you for your review Ian :-).
What a fantastic day! We learnt two new skills in one day and loved both. Simon and Louise are very welcoming and very patient in their teaching; instructions were easy to follow and very helpful and all aspects of health and safety were very clear. We also had a very tasty lunch. Both crafts were extremely enjoyable and very satisfying; it is lovely to come away with something we made (and a certificate!) Our honey dibbers are beautiful and have already been shown off to friends and family and we are looking forward to seeing out pottery after it is fired and glazed. We would (and already have) recommend this craft day - we had a lot of fun and are proud of our achievements. Thank you Simon and Louise.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi guys,
Unbelievably happy with this craft day. Simon and Louise are so welcoming and knowledgeable. Really fantastic teachers
I learned new things and left with some lovely crafts I can feel proud of.
Response from Blended Monkey:Thank you for the lovely review Sarah. It was great to have you and Becca in the studios :-).
We really enjoyed the day (2 crafts in 1 day) and had a lot of fun with wood turning in the morning followed by pottery in the afternoon. Simon and Louise were knowledgable and talented hosts who provided a relaxing creative atmosphere. Their teaching style was excellent and allowed us both to develop our new-found skills into creating some freestyle pieces.
Thank you very much for a very enjoyable day
Response from Blended Monkey:Guys, thank you for the lovely review. It was a pleasure having you in the studios. We're also pleased that you found the experience to be relaxing and creative. After teaching the basics, we do try to give our students the space to add their own personalities to their work whilst ensuring we're always ready to step in when you need us. Again, thanks for the lovely review :-).
I attended a two day pottery class with a friend... without doubt the mostly relaxing activity i have ever participated in, I left feeling completely relaxed.
Louise pitched the class perfectly, a great mix of activity and pace; leaving us time to really enjoy getting to grips with the clay.
I am seriously thinking of attending a class on a frequent basis... i honestly feel the activity helped eliminate stress (you can't play with clay and read emails! :).
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Louise,
We received a crafts voucher for Christmas from our children back in 2019 and eventually managed to book a date. We decided on the 2 crafts in 1 day with Blended Monkeys as it seemed like a good idea to get an introduction to 2 different crafts and perhaps to continue with one of them. It definitely turned out to be a good choice as we both had an amazing day, came away with a piece of woodwork at the end of the day and are waiting with bated breath for our pottery pieces!!! Louise and Simon were very welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable and patient. We felt relaxed with no unnecessary pressure.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi guys,
Amazing day at blended monkeys, my husband booked this as a surprise, and I loved it. Really friendly engaging teachers, and such a lot of fun. Lunch was lovely and water teas and biscuits on tap. Highly recommend this day both wood turning and pottery were really interesting. Lots of laughs, thank you.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Faye,
I booked this course for myself and my partner as a birthday gift. With minimal/zero experience in wood turning and pottery, we were very excited to give both crafts a go! The day really exceeded expectations, with a very professional approach from Louise and Simon when it came to teaching basic techniques in an engaging and friendly way.
We left Blended Monkey with the satisfaction of having learnt (or started to !!) new skills, and with the added bonus of a piece of woodwork in hand which was very satisfying.
Overall I could not recommend Blended Monkey highly enough, regardless of skill level. The teaching is really personal, so can easily be tailored, and the environment is so relaxing and welcoming that you can't help but feel at home.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Flo,