Valley Craft Studio is a fully equipped studio, set in the heart of picturesque Constable Country on the Essex/Suffolk border. Founded by Fiona, with her art degree and years of crafting experience, the studio was set up as a space for herself and others to create beautiful artwork.
Here at Valley Craft Studio we offer you the chance to get away from it all while trying your hand at creating something unique. Our courses offer you (and your friends) the perfect opportunity to escape and relax. Why not extend the relaxation and enjoy a late afternoon stroll - Flatford (setting of John Constable's 'The Hay Wain') is just 2 minutes’ drive from the studio. Here you can soak up the natural beauty of the surrounding area and be inspired for your next mosaic masterpiece.
We offer a one day course where you can create a decorative plaque. No previous mosaic experience is necessary. You will leave with a completed mosaic, plus the necessary materials and instructions to grout your mosaic at home. (We do offer a grouting and return service for a nominal fee.)
Our one-day mosaic course will guide you through the complete process of creating your mosaic - from initial design, using the specialist tools through to completion.
Within 2 minutes' drive of the studio there are several lovely restaurants and cafes where you could sample delicious, local produce to complete your day.
Minimum of 2 persons needed for course to run.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tools and materials are provided. If you have something specific which you would like to incorporate into your design (crockery, tiles, jewellery, buttons, etc,) then please bring it along. It's great if you already have an idea of what you want to accomplish in your one-day mosaic course, but if you don't then we can look at it together on the day!
We will be stopping for a quick lunch break at a suitable point in the day. Lots of tea, coffee and cake are provided but we suggest you bring along your packed lunch too.
1 day (flexible times to suit)
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 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.
I booked my friend and I for A Day on the Tiles as a birthday treat, and we loved every minute. After welcoming us with cups of tea, Fiona explained the process of making a mosaic, how to keep us safe and gave us guidance on our designs. The studio pinboard of photographs provided plenty of inspiration; there were many colours of tile to choose from and the supply was plentiful.
Fiona worked alongside us, and was available to give advice when needed. We enjoyed plenty of hot refreshments alongside carrot cake. We chose to grout our own creations at home, so Fiona provided us with the grout and a set of instructions. The whole experience with Fiona was relaxing and enjoyable, thoroughly recommend it!
Had an excellent day making a mosaic number plaque for my house with Fiona. Fantastic sunny studio, coffee and cake and friendly knowledgeable teacher. Highly recommend.
My mum, sister and I had a great day playing with tiles at Fiona’s. We had an ambitious plan to make some art for a new baby nursery including Elmer, the hungry caterpillar and a bear. Fiona had great advice and was hands on when needed. She let us stay an hour longer to finish off our pieces which was very much appreciated. A highly recommended day out.
Fiona provided us with an enjoyable day’s crafting. She had put a lot of care into the preparation. She gave the right amount of advice while leaving us free to use our own ideas. We had hot drinks and cake and were able to have lunch in the garden. I was particularly impressed with her attention to safety issues with glass fragments.
My mother and I spent a lovely day learning how to make mosaics. Fiona is a patient and encouraging teacher and gave us lots of great tips which really helped us to make the most of the day. Nothing was too much trouble and refreshments were delicious and appreciated.
We had a great day at the Valley Craft Studio making our mosaics. Very relaxing experience and Fiona has struck the perfect balance between helping the students and letting them enjoy the experience of learning something new. Endless cuppas and lovely cake too. Would highly recommend!
Response from Valley Craft Studio:Thanks for you glowing review Tessa. Your family of birds was beautiful today and I am looking forward to grouting it this week. It was lovely to meet you and your Mum - I had a great day with you both x
This was a thoroughly enjoyable day. A very experienced teacher with expert knowledge. I made a wonderful mosaic which I never thought I could do. I will definitely attend again and highly recommend this course.
A fantastic day, concluding in a product I was really pleased with! Very gentle and helpful guidance and excellent hospitality from Fiona. I will be back! Thank you.
I had a lovely day with my cousin she was over from France for a couple of days and wanted to do an activity and learn something she could take back to France with her she did extremely well. Fiona is very patient and a very competent teacher I would highly recommend this course. Fiona also had made a cake (which was delicious).
I thoroughly enjoyed the day
Fiona was very friendly and welcoming and keen that we all completed a piece of work, so the day was very much hands on from the beginning
Workshop was comfortable and very well equipped and we were very well looked after throughout the day
I did complete my mosaic with grateful thanks to the tuition and advice from Fiona, but we were encouraged and supported to make our own choices
Will be back for more as this introduction day has definitely inspired me to learn and do more
Really enjoyed the day. Fiona was very welcoming and the environment was lovely. I managed to finish my mosaic on this one day course and have been inspired to continue with this hobby. I would thoroughly recommend this course and this tutor.
I am very pleased with my mosaic,which Fionas advice and instruction made possible. The studio is comfortable and welk equipped, and the tea/coffee/cake supply was excellent!
Lovely day doing a craft I haven't tried before. Fiona was a great teacher and also grouted our finished picture for collection the next day. Would definitely recommend. We came away with a lovely mosaic picture to keep and treasure.
Fiona also made us plenty of tea and coffee during the day and a delicious cake. Not to mention all the rhubarb from her garden she gave me.
Realy enjoyed the day. Fiona was very helpful and patient, was informative and responded to all of our questions.
We learnt a lot and were very pleased with the mozaics we created. Would recommend wholeheartedly.
it was my first time I'd ever done mosaic tiling, & I was very impressed with my day, the teaching was great , lovely venue & resources to use.
Found it very relaxing & therapeutic.
Also very pleased with my finished tile .
Response from Valley Craft Studio:I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself and managed to relax Emma . I can't wait to help you with the sausage dog mosaic you were planning and hope that Maddison will come with you next time.
I took my mum on one of Fiona's Mosaic course in February and we both had a great time. Fiona couldn't have been more welcoming. With her guidance we both managed to complete our projects on the one day course. Having seen our mosaics my sisters are now booked on!
Despite the snow the studio was lovely and warm plus hot drinks and cake were plentiful! Thank you
Response from Valley Craft Studio:Thanks for the lovely review Mark. I hope you and your Mum are pleased with your creations and I look forward to welcoming your sisters soon. Fiona.