"2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 1 person

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Description

This workshop gives you the unique opportunity to experience the basics of two crafts in 1 day in your own personal workshop with 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 for both disciplines. As this is basically a private tuition experience, the course is focused but fun, so would make a fantastic gift.

The day can also be experienced by two people (to book this, please refer to our other workshop ""2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 2 people" where each person could experience the crafts singularly or together.
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 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.

We can advise of local accommodation for those wishing to include an overnight stay in the area.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

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 (3 pieces) 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.

Contact

Louise Taggart at Blended Monkey
80 Small Lode
Upwell
Wisbech
Norfolk
PE14 9BG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Fathers Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
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Reviews

In-person course
Charlotte - - #31433

A really enjoyable course. Simon and Louise were very patient and welcoming. Lunch was lovely too! Would definitely recommend this course to any beginners.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Thank you for the review Charlotte :-). It was a pleasure teaching you and we really enjoyed meeting you both!
I'll let you know when your ceramics are ready.

In-person course
Rhys - - #31301

The course was a great introduction into woodturning and pottery. We instantly felt at ease and were able to learn at our own pace. We both learnt a lot in the day and would definitely recommend to anyone looking to try their hand at either craft. Thank you Simon and Louise.

Response from Blended Monkey:

We're really pleased you guys enjoyed your day of woodturning and pottery :-). It was lovely to meet you both. You made some gorgeous pieces, and I can't wait to see your glazed pots emerge from the kiln.
I'll let you know as soon as they are ready :-).

In-person course
Andy and Helen Miles - - #31300

What a great day! Simon and Louise were very welcoming and their obvious enthusiasm was infectious. The whole day was relaxed and informative and the hands on, guided approach gave us the opportunity to experience the new skills in a safe yet un-pressured way. The provided lunch was excellent and we were never without tea and biscuits. We would thoroughly recommend the day and we are already considering booking further courses.

Response from Blended Monkey:

We're so pleased you guys had a good time! It was fab meeting you both and we also had a lovely time teaching you :-).
Your woodturning and ceramic endeavours were beautiful.
We love this workshop, as it's amazing to see how much students can learn from each discipline in just 1 day!
Your pots are drying wonderfully, so as soon as they are glazed I'll let you know.
Take care.

In-person course
Pauline Holmes - - #30904

Excellent day! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 crafts in one day. Simon and Louise are such an endearing couple, it is obvious they have a great passion for the individual crafts they teach. Their knowledge and enthusiasm is inspiring, along with their warm personalities and a great sense of humour, they both made us feel very welcome. We were soon absorbed into both sessions with informative clear instruction.
Thank you Simon and Louise for your hospitality, we had a fabulous day which was over and above our expectations!

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Pauline, hi Malcolm,

Thank you for the really lovely review!

We're so pleased you enjoyed your "2 Crafts in 1 Day" experience. It was certainly a pleasure to teach you both the basics in woodturning and ceramics - you guys took to both crafts really well. It's always lovely to watch students absorbed in the process :-). We hope we've inspired you to continue with your creative path!

Take care.

In-person course
Andrea - - #30699

Great day learning new skills in a relaxed and easy manner with Louise and Simon. The combi-day is an excellent idea to be able to have a taster of playing with Wood and Clay. All done in a beautiful setting with lunch and great humour. Thank you.

Response from Blended Monkey:

We're so pleased you enjoyed the 2 in 1 workshop :-).
We had a very enjoyable day too! Lovely to give you both a taster in woodturning and ceramics. I'll let you guys know when your pottery pieces are ready to post out :-).

In-person course
Tara - - #30698

Had such a great day and were really welcomed by Simon and Louise. Both are clearly very skilled and talented in their individual fields and were able to easily translate their knowledge into teaching even us...complete beginners!
A fabulous, fun, learning experience and surprisingly therapeutic. Also a great idea to combine the Wood and Pottery into one day. Perfect to be able to try out the basics of both before deciding if you want to invest more in one, the other or both. Highly recommended.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Tara, thank you for your lovely review!
We really enjoyed having you guys here and we're so pleased you had a great day :-).
You both made some super pieces!

In-person course
Sally Diggins - - #30195

My husband and I attended the 2 crafts in 1 day, what a brilliant day we had. We were greeted by the hosts Simon and Louise in their beautiful garden where later we had lunch prepared for us.
We both enjoyed learning new skills and a taster for wood turning and pottery. Both were explained fully and our hosts were very patient with us while our attempts were made.
Both Simon and Louise had a noticeable enthusiasm for their crafts and would very much like to return at some point.
Highly recommended and good value for money.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Sally, hi Graham,

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are really pleased that you both enjoyed your workshops! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future if you fancy having a more in-depth workshop in either of the crafts. Lovely meeting you both :-).

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