Suitable for complete beginners, this quality kit contains everything needed to create a gorgeous bronze finished ‘Hare’ and 'Sleeping Cat' sculpture at home! (although if you would prefer just 2 x Hares or 2 x Sleeping Cats this is no problem - please just send a message when you place the order).
Both these sculptures are also sold as individual kits and ‘friends & family’ packs of 4 (see separate listings by pressing the ‘more from this maker’ button at the bottom of this page).
No previous clay sculpture experience is needed (honestly!). Both sculptures come with their own set of detailed printed instructions and also an on-line, step-by-step video of Jo showing how to bring the sculptures to life which can be viewed as often as needed.
This kit is a wonderful present to yourself for several hours of ‘zen’ time or makes an ideal unique gift for an individual or couple. Make contact with Jo if you would like a gift card included in the pack and have the whole package sent directly to the recipient.
Coming from the Jo Garden Art studio where we usually have in person workshops (see the 'Hare Sculpture Workshops' and 'Two Day Sculpture Workshops' here on the Craft Course Website), this kit is one of a range of kits now on sale by Jo Garden Art (press the 'more from this maker button'). Each kit is lovingly put together by Jo in her Suffolk studio and contains good quality products as used in our 'in-person' workshops.
For the ‘Sleeping Cat’ the kit has a scale template of Jo's own British Blue Cat (Olive), however she also explains how to create a scale template of your own cat. Names can be scribed on the base to make it even more personal.
For the ‘Hare’, the provided armature has movable ears, head and tail to allow you to create your own individual pose before adding the clay. Each hare sculpture is truly original!
Each sculpture will take about 90 minutes to sculpt using the quality air-drying clay, although Jo includes in the kit a bio-degradable bag to keep your sculpture moist should you wish to take a break. Once finished your sculptures are either left to air-dry over 24 - 48 hours or popped into an oven for 90 minutes! You then use the provided paint and gilt cream (paint brush and applicators are in the kit) to create a beautiful bronze finish.
Please note - these wonderful sculptures are for enjoying inside as the air-drying clay prefers not to endure soggy weather ;-). The kit is not suitable for children under 10 as it contains sharp items.
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NB: Postage is for mainland UK only.
- Written instructions for each sculpture with photographs
- Link to full YouTube video of Jo providing a step-by-step workshop for each sculpture
- Scale sleeping cat template with ruler
- Foil armatures for each sculpture (the hare armature has movable ears, head & tail)
- 2 x Base boards and wax paper to make your sculptures on
- 2 x Vacuum packed reinforced air-drying clay
- 2 x Cloth to wet & keep clay moist
- 2 x Bio-degradable bag to keep sculpture moist during breaks
- 2 x Sculpture tools
- 2 x Pots of Powertex bronze paint & paint brush
- 2 x Bronze gilt cream & applicator
Nothing! everything is contained in the kit ;-)
But the scene can be set: favourite music on, cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate (glass of wine). Time to relax. 😘
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I attended the 2-day workshop with my teenage daughter and it was a fantastic experience from start to finish. Both of us love crafts, but had little experience of sculpting, however Jo takes you through each stage so well, that no prior experience is needed. The days were really packed and you get great value for money on this course, whilst waiting for our large sculptures to dry, Jo had us making mini hares to take home, which was a lovely idea.
Jo has an extensive knowledge of products and process around this type of sculpting and is happy to share her wisdom with you. She also provided a repair kit for future use, which was another great idea.
We had so much fun and came away with sculptures that we were proud of. Jo is warm and friendly and welcomes you into her studio, making you feel at home from the off. I highly recommend this course and will hopefully come back for another. If you are unable to attend a workshop this year, try the kits to do at home first, as they are great fun too.
Thanks for having us Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for this wonderful review Catherine. It was a pleasure having you and your daughter here for a 'bubble' 2 day workshop this weekend. You both made gorgeous sculptures and I was glad to hear they travelled all the way home safely in your campervan! It would be a pleasure having you back here at some time in the future for more sculpture zen time. Jo x
Just wanted to let you know that the parcel arrived safely this weekend.
Thank you for your help and I’m really looking forward to seeing my friends creations.
I thought you might like to see Herbie the hare which Leo my partners father created. We all just love those massive cute ears!
Your kits are just fabulous, this was the perfect unique gift for me to send Leo this Christmas. It seemed a fun way to spend a few hours during lockdown and create an individual piece.
We’re really looking forward to visiting the family in Ireland as soon as we can safely travel again but in the meantime we have all been doing little “creative challenges” then via video call having a catch up & sharing our work. Karen x
Response from Jo Garden Art:Hi Karen - thank you so much for sending a photo of the fabulous Herbie, which I've just popped onto the Craft Course page of the Clay Hare Sculpture Kit. He is such fun and I'm still smiling. Thank Leo again for letting me use the photo - I'm so glad it's reignited his love of art and sculpture. Keep up the 'creative challenges'! Jo ;-)
My husband had bought me a Craft Courses Voucher and due to covid 19 I was struggling to find a course that I could do safely and that didn't involve travelling far due to restrictions. I then stumbled upon Jo Garden Art and got myself a bronze hare sculpture kit. The kit arrived super quick and came with everything you need to complete the sculpture, there were also details of links to the online video's that went through step by step for completing the sculpture. I enjoyed every minute and am looking to do another one as I enjoyed doing this so much!
Would definitely recommend!!
Response from Jo Garden Art:So glad you enjoyed the plaster hare kit Donna ;-) It's exactly the same products as we use in the One Day Hare workshops. Perhaps you need to progress to the larger version!!! Ironically easier to make as less small areas to reach into! They are addictive ;-) Jo x
Just wanted to say a big thank you for the excellent instructions online and the products you sent in the kit. I’ve had a fab time learning the process and making the hare, it’s been quite intriguing! Thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to attend a workshop in the future when we can move about and everyone is safe, at your studio. I’ve done quite a few art workshops as I like to paint/draw, but I will say that few are as concise and relaxing as yours. I enjoyed the gilding part I’ve never done that before. Really enjoyed the polishing bit. It was amazing watching it start to pop! It’s been great. I'll send a picture of Mr Hare separately to your email, so you can see what I’ve done 😊.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thanks for this review Lucinda - and also sending a photo of your fabulous finished hare. You really nailed the gilding part! As you say, the moment the gilt goes on the hare comes to life. It's always a magical moment in the workshops ;-) I'm sure your Mum is delighted you loved her present to you! Jo x
Purchased a craft kit as a birthday present for sister in the Far North (Caithness, not Greenland!). Jo’s given us lots of help and ideas. Can’t wait to see it in the garden!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for letting me know the large hare kit 'loped its way safely' to north Scotland. I'm sure your sister will have great fun making it and hopefully will soon be moongazing and watching the Northern Lights!
I and some friends went to Jo’s very first hare sculpture day workshop back in 2019 and I put a review on at that time as we all enjoyed ourselves so much. Unfortunately my leaping hare was badly damaged in an accident so I contacted Jo to see if he could be repaired. Luckily I live fairly close to her studio and she took him in and did a ‘Repair Shop’ makeover, which she made a video of. My hare repair is now on youtube and he is famous! He is now back on my sideboard fully restored – thank you Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:My pleasure Sarah ;-) That workshop seems an eternity ago! It was fun locating the photos I took of you making your hare which I included in the video - thank you again for letting me put them in. The video can be found on youtube and my website. Really pleased he is back on your sideboard. Jo x
Bought the hare kit, along with the sleeping cat kit, a few weeks ago, was a really good experience. The YouTube video was great to follow and any issues Jo responded very swiftly and was a great help. The instructions and kit was everything you needed, you just added the coffee and cake!! Will be purchasing again - the dog one next I think. Hoping to visit in person in the near future. Thanks Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Ah ha! Here is the cake once more ;-) - thank you Catherine! I loved the photos of your hare along with little basket of carrots made with the spare clay - an inspiration! (was the cake Carrot Cake?). Would love to meet you in the summer. Jo x
Bought the sleeping cat kit a few weeks ago, was a really good experience. The YouTube video was great to follow and any issues Jo responded very swiftly and was a great help. The instructions and kit was everything you needed, you just added the coffee and cake!! Will be purchasing again and hoping to visit in the near future. Thanks Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Catherine ;-) and thanks for sending your great photos through (including little mouse!). I like the idea of coffee & cake (on Slimming World at moment, so cake is making me heady!). Jo x
I was brought the family sleeping cat sculpture kit for my birthday. We completed them in stages over 4 weekends during lockdown and thoroughly enjoyed spending time together making them. I don't think my husband or son would have considered attending a craft course but enjoyed making them at home. The instructions were clear and comprehensive but the cats are very definitely individuals. A strange lockdown birthday but a lovely reminder of spending time together as a family.
An excellent craft course and would highly recommend it.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Angela! You made my day when your review and the photo you sent came through on my email ;-) As you said, despite the same materials and instructions everyone made completely different cats (and little mice with the left over clay!). So glad you had some special time together as a family. Jo x
Really enjoyed this kit, my first attempt and very impressed with my finished creation. Will definitely do another one or two. Would be a great afternoon spent with friends or family and lots of fun in the process.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Dawn ;-) Messing with clay is so relaxing and I loved your finished hare with its enormouse ears!!!
Another fantastic kit! Enjoyed doing this socially distanced with friends over zoom, great way to switch off and relax. Really pleased with the results too. Great, prompt service from Jo, everything you need is in the kit, instructions are very clear and easy to follow, as is the video tutorial. 5 *'s from us!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Wow Heidi & gang - thank you so much for the photos of the amazing cats you created! They are now featured as a collage on the Craft Course page for the 'Family & Friends' kit. Just gorgeous results - thank you again for sharing them with me ;-) Jo xx
I really enjoyed making my hare (photo attached) and found the whole process very relaxing!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for the photo Deborah! So glad you enjoyed the experience, Jo x
My daughter loved the hare kit which I gave her for Christmas!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Carolyn for letting me know your gift was enjoyed! Jo x
A mixed group of 9 family and friends got together virtually to make our hare and sleeping cat sculptures. The kits were fantastic, containing everything we needed. The instructions were extremely well written and the extra resource of the training video meant that everyone knew what to do. We all produced unique and pleasing sculptures, even the least experienced among us!
We are delighted with the whole experience. Thank you Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you and your family and friends for such a lovely review Kitty ;-) And also for the awesome photos! I never thought someone would make a hare standing on his hind legs from the clay kit!! 'Virtual' sculpting parties are such fun. Jo x
I loved this sleeping cat kit. The kit was really well thought out, everything you need is included which made it super simple to get started. The accompanying youtube tutorial is very clear & really well paced, you can just let it run as you do your sculpture in real time -you don’t have to keep pausing and rewinding. And the results were great! I’m amazed at how well it turned out! It was loads of fun to make & really relaxing. I’m definitely going to buy some more kits from Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Becca ;-) So happy you found the process relaxing - we need that at the moment! When I check the videos I play them at double speed and can still understand what I'm saying - I did not realise I spoke so slowly! Jo x
We loved this kit so much ! We have never done anything like this before and thought it would end up a bit of a mess but this kit is so carefully thought out that it really helps you every step of the way . We had great fun doing our cats together (we asked for 2 cats instead of a hare and a cat) and found it extremely relaxing . I never usually take time out to do things like this and I decided I should do it more often . We are going to try a hare and a dog next . The kits are extremely organised and the instructions so clear with a really well paced and thought out video that you can play as you are working on it . I will get some more kits for us to use but I will also get some as gifts as I think they make a really sweet and fun present .
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Cathy - really pleased you managed to find some 'zen' time doing something new. Sculpting in clay is very tactile and absorbing (and quite addictive!) Jo x
I really enjoyed my sleeping cat sculpture! What a lovely project. The kit was perfect and the instructions easy to follow. Thank you!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Ruth! I loved the picture you emailed me of your fabulous sculpture ;-) Jo x
Not just a 'good hare day' but a brilliant one! Four friends, different households, zoom and away we went. The kit was excellent; instruction sheet, tools, materials, access to the video. The video excellent too and a great reference. Thoroughly enjoyed the sculpting, painting and final bronzing and we all have very different results. We would all happily recommend the 4 person kit and look forward to being able to join the workshop in person.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Oh wow Heidi! Your hare is amazing - as mentioned in the video, I generally guide people away from putting face details as it can go a bit wrong - but you have nailed it - really well done ;-) And knowing you had a friends zoom session is very heart warming. Thank you for your lovely review - I'm really glad you all enjoyed your time making the hares and hope to see you in person soon. Jo x
Fabulous kit and great video. Really has inspired me to do more! Mega chuffed with the results my sleeping cat looks great! Though I am clearly bias! I would recommend this as a great gift with brilliant instructions. A pleasure to recieve and to make!!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Harriet - and also for the photos you sent me - fabulous! Lovely to hear you will do more clay work - enjoy! ;-) Jo x
The kit was a gift for a friend in Scotland, I can say she was delighted to be receiving it. The ordering, personalised message and postage was quickly and efficiently organised when purchased and posted very promptly.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Jane - very happy your friend received her kit and was delighted ;-) I've been re-learning the geography of the UK whilst sending out these kits!
My Husband purchased me the Sleeping cat sculpture kit as an Anniversary present. The Kit had everything I needed to build the cat and paint it. The Step by step instructions were easy to follow.
I was able to grab a drink and a bite to eat between stages like the drying process. Overall a really nice kit and introduction to Sculpturing techniques.
I whole heartedly recommend.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Ann-Marie ;-) Really pleased you liked the Sleeping Cat Kit and found the stages easy to follow if you have not tried sculpting before. I hope it has launched a new creative pastime! Jo x
After I had placed my order Jo very kindly rang me to go through the stages of our Hare construction as I wanted to try a moon gazing hare. We spent two very enjoyable days making the bronze hares, and exploring our creativity. Everything we needed was included in the kit and the instructions were very clear, and easy to follow. The YouTube video was also very helpful. We were very pleased with our finished results, and having bits left over means we can try our hands at something else.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Jill - and for sending me your photos of your fabulous finished hares - I have put one onto the Craft Course photo slide show under the Family & Friends x 4 Bronze Hare Kit. Your moon gazing poses are just lovely ;-) Jo x
I purchased the hare kit and omg loved making it at my own pace, tweaked it to suit my tastes and family have commented how good it is. With some leftover clay made a hand and footprint from my 6month grandson as a keepstake too. Love it
Response from Jo Garden Art:What a lovely review Sarah! So glad you enjoyed making your hare and used the leftover clay in such an inspiring way. Jo x
I had a lovely time doing my sleeping cat sculpture, not sure it would make it into a gallery lol 😅, but I love it! The instructions are very good & easy to follow and the YouTube video was very helpful, love the tips you gave. I will email you some photos, feel free to use as you wish. I had a bit of clay left so made a mini cat, maybe don't include that as it looks a bit random. Will definitely recommend your kits.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Julia. Your photos have come through and your sleeping cat looks lovely - well done ;-) So glad you enjoyed your time making her and mini cat! Keep safe, kind regards Jo x
My children and I received craftcourses gift vouchers for Christmas, and with continued Covid restrictions, decided to go for this kit instead of waiting for an in-person course.
Every part of this package was brilliant. Postage was fast. The written and video instructions are very clear and make what seems initially a bit of a daunting task completely achievable - and fun. No additional equipment is required and everything was clearly packaged and great quality. My children (aged 11-17) really enjoyed it and we had enough spare clay, paint and gilt to create little hedgehogs (using a ball of tin foil) to go alongside our hares!
Super results. Thank you Jo. Hopefully we can come to your workshop one day!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Mandy! What a lovely review and I'm so pleased you liked all the contents in the kit. I kept them separately packaged per person just in case the 4 hares are split between households. Loved the hedgehogs; what an ingenious way of using up spare produce - thank you for sending photos ;-) It would be lovely to see you and your family on a workshop. Once we are in a lower Covid Tier, I will be working with individual 'bubbles' rather than mixed groups. Thank you again for your review. Keep safe, kindest regards Jo ;-)
We were sent this kit as a surprise Christmas gift.
Very exciting opening the box of goodies, very well packaged and excellent quality. We were going to let our daughter make them all but Jo suggested we do it as a family. What a great experience it was everyone beavering away making their own version of the hare. The video was clear and concise and we paused it as and when we needed to. So excited g putting the hares in the oven to bake. Once cooled the painting was so enjoyable and relaxing. The gilt finish really sets these sculptures apart they end up looking like bronze, fabulous. You don’t need any special skill to make the hare just time and Jo in the background on video directing you 😂.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your lovely review Jane ;-) Really glad you shared the experience as a family, I bet the different personalities came out in their hare sculptures! I've had a number of photos sent to me showing hares being made with 'me' in my video playing in the background - it's a very odd feeling ;-O Warm regards, Jo x
I received a Large moongazing hare kit as a surprise Christmas present. I had been to Jo’s on a 1 day hare sculpture workshop pre-covid and saw the large hare sculptures in her garden. At that time you could not buy a kit and covid hit before I could book a workshop to make the bigger hare. I had the most amazing three days between Christmas and New Year making my hare at home. Great video of Jo showing each stage and the kit contained everything I needed. I put some sand from a wonderful holiday into the glass pod which sits in the heart area, so whenever I look at my hare I will also remember that holiday. My hubby had chosen the black colour finish which is stunning and will look amazing in the garden. Great pressie and thoroughly recommend the kit which is not as difficult to make as you may think!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your review Jean ;-) Simon contacted me just when I was developing the kit, so he actually was my first customer! So glad you enjoyed making your large moon gazing hare - and like the Obsidian black colour. Thank you for the photos and letting me use them on my website. Hopefully the holiday sand in the heart and star gazing will result in another fabulous holiday soon. Keep safe and Happy New Year! Jo x
Bought as a gift everything 5 star
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for purchasing the Hare Sculpture kit as a present Nicola and hope the recipient has a fabulous time creating their unique sculpture. Kindest regards Jo ;-)
I have just finished my first ever sculpture and am thrilled and amazed at how well it has turned out. This medium sized hare kit is beautifully assembled - also included in the kit is information for a nearly 2 hour video link where Jo explains and demonstrates the step by step process to the finished hare. This made the whole process so enjoyable and relaxing to do. (I could pause the video while I worked on my hare then restart it when I was ready - perfect!). It was so fun and pleasing to do that I am going to order the large hare kit, so I can have a moon gazing hare in my garden. Can't wait to get started 😊 - these kits are a wonderful way of occupying the stay at home situation because of Covid and would also make amazing gifts as well.
Special thanks to Jo who with no worries at all arranged delivery as I am overseas.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thanks Linda ;-) Really pleased I could get the kit over to you! So glad the video worked out well and you had a great time making your hare. The large hare kit makes a hare 60 - 80cm tall (depending on how you position the ears), so it will have quite a presence in your garden ;0) kind regards Jo
2x kits bought for my inlaws, for christmas gifts, as Jo is unable to take courses, currently. Placed the order and within minutes Jo called to make sure order was correct. They arrived a few days after, packed very well. I did have a quick nosey through, and it looked amazing. Really looking forward to seeing the results.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Lee! So glad they arrived safely and you had a peek at the contents ;-) As you would have seen the two hare armatures would have been slightly different as each is hand made. The ears, head, legs and tail can all be bent around so your in-laws will end up with completely different hare sculptures. Pictures please! Jo x
The kit has arrived. Looks brilliant, can't wait to get started. I will view the video first and then get stuck in. Beautifully put together, everything you need to make a stunning hare!!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Karen ;-) Have a great time creating your hare. Remember you can wrap him/her in a wet cloth if you cannot finish the sculpture part in one go. So long as the cloth does not dry out, the clay will remain soft! Picture please when you have finished!!! Jo x
Such a wonderfully joyful weekend! I attended the 2 day course and from the moment I emailed Jo with the idea of my curved female form, Jo was amazing, encouraging and downright excited for what we would make. Andy her husband created a brilliant metal armature for me to use as a base, even though it was a tricky one for him, he smashed it! Jo is an incredible teacher, creating such a relaxed, enjoyable and natural learning environment. I've worked with clay before but never with plaster. Jo's got a great teaching style and is incredibly inclusive. I loved watching what the other students were making and you get invested in each others works. We had tunes on the radio and had a lovely giggle in the studio. It has relit my passion for making sculptures. I will certainly be back very soon! I cannot recommend Jo's courses enough - go go go!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Nat - the photos of your lady sculpture in the setting autumn sunshine are amazing. I agree that Andy smashed the brief for the armature; it was a sculpture by itself! So pleased to introduce you to the plaster work ;-) See you soon! Jo x
Just completed a 2 day course with Jo and created a sculpture which is so much better than I could ever have imagined!
Jo has a fabulously set up studio and working environment. Lots of sculptures giving you ideas and food for thought. Although, given a challenge of creating something different to what anyone else has done, Jo is up for the task.
Can't recommend this course enough. Creative, challenging and definitely a huge amount of fun!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Fiona ;-) the weekend was great - lovely people and incredible work - well done on your 'lady in the wind'. Jo x
An amazing weekend with Jo at her wonderful studio. Guided by Jo, I have made a sculpture that I totally love! Thank you Jo for your work.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Carolyn - your Salute to the Sun was really lovely - so glad you enjoyed the weekend, Jo x
Wow, such a relaxing yet motivating day making a hare. The setting and your practical demonstration really made the day a success for me! I came home with a wonderful sculpture as well as another to make at home.
Thank you for being so warm and welcoming to us all.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Chris ;-) I enjoy the day as much as people who are making the hares! Have fun making your sculpture at home - give me a buzz if you have any questions. Jo x
Thank you so much for brilliant workshop, the space and instruction given was spot on and plenty of tea which was great. We loved the final result of the hares and would highly recommend this experience to anyone. The house and setting was tranquil and beautiful. We felt welcomed and really spoilt.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Bev & James! So glad James enjoyed his surprise and well done keeping the secret so long ;-). So which hare has got pride of place at home?! Jo x
What an incredibly lovely day spent making a hare sculpture with Jo.
A joyful, creative experience. A chance to forget about the challenges of life for a few hours.
Easy to follow instructions - I was pleasantly surprised that someone with no previous knowledge like me could make something so gorgeous that I'm genuinely proud of my creation! Stunning location, calm, peaceful - the addition of constant tea, chocolate snack options, bananas and of course cute dogs to cuddle was a real bonus. Thank you Jo! :)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for such a lovely review Lisa. I'm so glad you and your sister had time to relax and enjoy some 'zen' time as well as create fabulous hares. Hope to see you again, Jo x
I took the one day hare sculpture course - what a wonderful day with a super teacher - would highly recommend.
Thank you Jo!!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thanks Paula ;-) Fabulous hares were made and a great group to work with! Hope all goes well with the kits you purchased (photos please ;-)) Jo x
I had an enjoyable and relaxing day creating a unique hare sculpture. I was made to feel very welcome and Jo is an excellent and helpful tutor. All materials were provided and it was great to come home with a finished hare at the end of the day. All stages were explained well and Jo was there to give advice and guidance when required. I enjoyed the day so much, I’ve booked to go on another of Jo’s workshops in a few weeks!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Bev ! Looking forward to working with you on your next sculpture! Jo ;-)
I really enjoyed my day with Jo. It was magical to see the hares we created develop throughout the day and take on different characters; one inquisitive, one graceful, one strong and fearless and one very fun-loving and perhaps a little naughty. Jo was an excellent tutor who made everyone feel very welcome. Would highly recommend.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you very much Stephanie ;-) I also love seeing how the hares develop - no two are ever the same! Really glad you enjoyed the day. Jo xx
Loved it. Would definitely do it again xxx
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Becky! Would love to have you back again. Now that you have done the hare, you are welcome to attend a 1 day hare sculpture workshop, but make a dog or cat! Jo xx
Had a wonderful day last Saturday making a moongazing hare. I had been waiting to do this since lockdown started and I was not disappointed. Jo was so helpful during the whole process and everyone produced wonderful hares. It was a very interesting and enjoyable course. Also she took great care to implement all safe covid measures. A great day really enjoyed.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Patti! So glad to see you after your long wait - as you mentioned the group created lovely hares. Hope to see you again, Jo ;-) x
A return trip to one of Jo's workshops was as much fun as the first time. Learnt lots and went home with a finished hare and more to do at home. Great tutor, setting and fellow students. I'll be back. Thanks Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sally - I so enjoy your company ;-) Loved your chunky hare & hope you have a great time creating a large hare out of the kit you took home. Thank you for the delicious cake - Tula is still disappointed she did not get to steal a piece as she did on the first workshop!!!
My husband brought a day course making a hare for me and I throughly enjoyed the whole experience.
From the moment I arrived Jo and her husband made me welcome and the day was great fun and I was very pleased with my hare.
I would recommend the course for everyone.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Diana! It was lovely meeting you and your husband and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your Christmas present in sunny (or perhaps not so sunny) August! Jo ;-)
Attended the 2 day sculpture course along with my two sisters. Had an absolutely wonderful two days. Never knew I had it in me, being artistic that is! Well I think so anyway.
My cat has pride of place in my hallway. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute, Jo is so patient and really encourages you to express yourself via your creative work. Worth every penny and was great bonding for me and my sisters. Next time I am going to try abstract art. Go on, give it a go, you wont regret it.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Sue! You made a fabulous cat complete with whiskers ;-) and I'm so pleased he has a new home in your hallway. It would be great to see you on an Abstract Art workshop! Jo x
Having done a one day workshop with Jo I teamed up with another student & came back to do a 2 day course this week.
Jo encourages and helps with whatever ideas you have; with this, two of us made Giacometti style figures that are as tall as we are and Helen made a delightful goat that was finished in clay.
We even had time to model a small clay hare to take home.
The studio is a relaxing place that encourages creativity & the freedom to explore your own talents.
I am already considering what to sculpt on my next visit.
Oh, and there is still as much chocolate available as in there is on the 1 day workshop.
Superb tutor & environment. Excellent welding skills from Andy too who prepared our armatures!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Terry! Your Giacometti inspired man will make a big statement in your garden ;-) Andy enjoyed the welding challenge of getting the body positioned just right. Looking forward to seeing you with the next challenge!!! Jo x
I had a fantastic two days and am thrilled with my handstand man. I can’t wait to find the right place in my garden for him. Join a relaxed and excellent tutor, everything was well organised and supportive and the group I was with were great fun. I’ll be back many thanks.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sally ;-) - I loved your bronze version of 'Balance' - thank goodness you had a long vehicle to accommodate 7 feet 3 inches! I hope you enjoy seeing him in your garden & would love to work with you again in the future, Jo x
I can't recommend this course enough. My 19 year old daughter and I were trying something completely new and didn't know what to expect as this was a joint birthday gift. In a lovely setting and with Jo's excellent tuition and gentle guidance we both left clutching hares to be proud of. The day was well planned and flowed smoothly, everything needed was always to hand. Jo's garden and studio provide a relaxing environment and we quickly lost track of time as we focused our newly discovered creative talents! Many thanks to Jo for a truly wonderful day.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Paul - it was lovely meeting you and your daughter. You both made fabulous sculptures. I'm looking forward to seeing photo's of the Dog and Huggy Hare you will be making at home using the armatures you made in the afternoon. Jo x
I had a wonderful experience constructing a hare under Jo's guidance. The one day course was structured, informative, well led and most of all, FUN. I came away satisfied and amazed at how much I had learned about a process completely new to me. Not only did I come away with a beautiful sculpture, Jo supplied a pack containing a felt base plus a small pot of paint and brush in case touch ups were needed. A complete package and good value. Thank you.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Diana ;-) Your hare's ears were fabulous! I love the way that no two people's sculptures end up anything the same - they are always individual and lovely. Thank you for appreciating the after-care kit! I look forward to seeing you & Karen at the Abstract Art workshop.
Wow what fun and who knew I had the artistic ability to produce a barn owl ! An absolutely great weekend in which I learnt new skills, met new friends and shared some time with my son who taught me being creative is a really wonderful way to escape the stress of work. Jo was an excellent teacher who provided a relaxed environment in which you had the freedom to make mistakes but also see results. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try something different - you will be really surprised just how much enjoyment you can get from wire, clay and paint. Loved it - thanks Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for this great review Bob - I really enjoyed spending time with you and Elliot. You both produced really different sculptures and I'm so glad you managed to relax and switch off. Your owl was lovely ;-) Jo x
An excellent 2 days with Jo, a generous, skilful and knowledgeable teacher! Beautiful setting and lovely airy and spacious studio. Loved it!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Linda ;-) We had a great weekend with everyone making really different sculptures. Let me have a picture of your finished boxing hares, they were shaping up beautifully! Jo x
I attended a course with Jo (and Andy) on Sunday 12th July. The setting was tranquil and relaxing. Likewise, the activity was also fun and relaxing. Jo was clear, informative (and patient) and I am delighted that with her guidance I was able to produce a hare! Jo ensured that everyone felt comfortable (especially in regard to how things are at the present time). I would highly recommend this course... you don't have to have any experience and Jo will take you through everything... step by step.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for your review Jacqui ;-). It was a lovely day with great company! Fabulous hares were made. Hope to see you again soon, Jo x
Attended the 1 day course on Saturday 11 July for, what turned out to be a superbly informal and fun day! Jo & Andy are great hosts & very welcoming.
As the first class since ‘Covid’ restrictions have been lifted we were a small group of 3 working in a beautifully tranquil & airy studio.
The plan of the day is explained & then the fun begins. There is guidance at every stage & help if you need it.
I not only managed to consume a vast quantity of Jo’s chocolate supplies but came away with a lovely hare that will always remind me of the day.
We are all hoping to meet up again soon on a 2 day workshop with Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Terry ;-) It was lovely to work with you on my first day back after the Covid shutdown and I'm looking forward to seeing you again in August for an even bigger masterpiece! You did not quite clean out the chocolate supplies - I'm sitting here munching on Maltesers as I type, Jo x ;-)
What a wonderful experience in a relaxed and very friendly atmosphere. As someone with little artistic creativity, I am very pleased indeed with my moon-gazing hare and very grateful for Jo’s gentle guidance. A fabulous day with lovely people, I highly recommend it. Thank you Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Helen! Everyone has a wisp of creativity and it was great working with you on your moon gazing hare with a lazy leg! Fabulous ;-)
I really enjoyed this course, Jo is generous with her home, her time and her knowledge. She was welcoming and friendly and set a lovely encouraging atmosphere for the day. I learnt a lot and am really pleased with my finished hare and look forward to tackling the home kit I brought away. I highly recommend this course to anyone.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sam ;-) Just remember your hare is watching you! Good luck with your dog sculpture, Jo x
Probably the most worthwhile course ever - am so happy with my hare and the kits to take home are taking shape. A very welcoming home and people - I am coming back one day!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Gayle ;-) I showed a photo of your full sized hare to a friend the other day and she loved him, said how serene and humble he looked. Glad your kit hare and cat are coming along - please send me a photo!
An absolutely brilliant weekend.
Having arrived with zero experience and a head full of dreams and aspirations, Jo and Andy literally encouraged, guided and gently taught me all the stages and techniques to realise and create a garden sculpture that has genuinely exceeded all expectations.
In a beautiful relaxed location and well equipped studio, they have created a warm, welcoming and the most friendly atmosphere, where all participants can not fail to be inspired.
Thank you so much. It's an experience I shall never forget.
I will remember my weekend of being a sculptor every time I look at my 'running man'. :-)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your lovely review Robert ;-) It was a pleasure working with you and your homage to the world record marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge was truly fabulous. I can't wait to see a picture of him in his final position in your garden!
What a wonderful weekend! In a beautiful setting with a well equipped studio, Jo provides a warm and welcoming environment and is incredibly generous with her time and expertise. She guided us all through the steps required to create our individual sculptures with simple instructions and clarity, offering help when needed but also allowing our own creative process to blossom. My leaping hare sculpture has exceeded my expectations and I am looking forward to placing it in my garden. Thanks also to Andy who helped pack it securely in my campervan!
I shall be recommending this course to friends and very much hope to do another one with Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Francesca - and so pleased you and your beautiful hare had an uneventful journey back home in your gorgeous campervan ;-) I look forward to seeing you again and perhaps we can have a play with cold wax painting!
Had great fun on both of Jo’s courses and produced some very pleasing sculptures. Lovely location and good company (inc the dogs!)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Peggy! Your tall Giacometti handstand man as re-inspired me to make another version myself for the front garden - much to Andy's horror it's likely to be over 6 feet tall and then put onto a high stand ;-) ;-) ;-)
Thank you Jo for your wonderful sculpture day and hospitality. Very good communication prior to the day and directions made it easy to find the location, despite storm Dennis making his presence known. The day was a present for my birthday and I really could not have had a nicer day. Being a small group of six made for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the workshop was held in a spacious, modern garden studio within the beautiful gardens of the teacher’s home.
Jo is a warm and inspiring teacher who prepares well and explains every stage of the construction really well. I picked up lots of new sculpting techniques which I shall continue to develop at home.
Such an excellent day which felt like a day with the family. So pleased with my sculpture. Can’t think of a better way to spend a special day. Thank you Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Elizabeth ;-) I did spend most of the Saturday night praying storm Dennis would not scupper our power supply! Really glad you enjoyed your birthday present and went away with some new techniques ... keep sculpting! Jo x
Myself and my friend Julie attended this course at the weekend. I have to say it was a delightful day in so many ways. We were part of a lovely group of fellow sculptors, with several laughs, amongst periods of deep concentration. Jo is a superb teacher and lovely host, and her husband and dear little dogs were equally welcoming (Olive the cat was a little more aloof , but gorgeous anyway).
All the hares produced on the day were magnificent !
Kim Haredashian now has pride of place on the bookcase .
Thanks so much Jo :)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sandra - Kim Haredashian was bootylishish! So glad you and Julie had a great day. Olive has just had chicken for breakfast so is having 5 minutes of friendliness before the scowl returns ;-) xx
We did this workshop as a couple as it was bought as a birthday present for me. A perfect gift for so many reasons; a chance to explore a new form of art, to spend time together and to create great and lasting memories as well as a hare each. We both made a hare that we are very proud of and will cherish. In fact all 6 of us on the course made lovely hares... a testament to Jo’s teaching and enthusiasm.
A lovely warm welcome from all the family... including the four legged, furry ones. A good location too. Definitely recommend and excellent value for money. We were absolute beginners and we managed to make a pair of hares. Thank you Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Baz & Jacqui - so glad you enjoyed your birthday surprise! I will be posting a photo on my website of the fabulous scrolled designs you made on the side of your hare - a wonderful idea! Jo x
Really friendly and relaxed course with excellent, clear tuition and a lovely setting- easy to find.
Highly recommended. The six of us all produced a lovely Hare, all different but all attractive. Thank you Jo very inspiring.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Mary - as you say, every hare is different but always lovely! Jo x
Outstanding day on every level. Joni’s a fabulous teacher and knows her stuff - will book the two day next time for more practice!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Linda - you made a wonderful running hare ;-) Looking forward to seeing you again in the summer for the two day workshop. Jo x
My husband, brother in law, sister in law and myself spent a wonderful day making hares. My husband had booked the day as a birthday present for us all. Our hosts were faultless. Never ending cups of tea and coffee and biscuits. We took a picnic with us and were invited to eat in their kitchen, where they gladly heated what needed heating. The course itself was perfect. Great tuition in a lovely setting. Will definitely return. Thank you 😊
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Tracy! It was a real pleasure having your family birthday event at the studio. The banter was hugely entertaining ;-) and you all created wonderful hare mementos of the day. Would love to have you back. Jo x
I attended the Hare sculpture course in January.
A warm welcome upon arrival in a well equipped modern Art studio in beautiful surroundings.
The Tutor 'Jo' was very informative and supportive at every stage of the sculpture, which made me and other students feel confident and at ease.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was a very pleasant experience, which I would be happy to recommend to anyone at any level.
I am absolutely delighted with the Moon gazing hare sculpture I made, all thanks to Jo and her guidance.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Ann-Marie - and also for developing a technique for creating texture on the final plaster stage ;-) Lovely finish xxx
Simply great day. Jo is a fantastic teacher. Nothing was too much trouble. The sense of achievement was very satisfying and I came away feeling thoroughly chuffed with my running hare that looks authentic and convincing. The studio is beautiful and well equipped. All in all a great inspiring experience.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Angie! You chose the most fiddly pose to sculpt - the running hare - and created a wonderful result. Well done ;-)
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Jo in December. It was extremely well organised and we all came away with an excellent hare sculpture in differing poses. All the instructions were easy to follow and understand for all levels. It made me want to do more crafty activities, five stars from me! Thank you Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Claire - I hope your lovely moon-gazing hare travelled safely with you back to the Shetland Isles and has been gazing up at the Northern Lights during these dark nights ;-)
I so enjoyed my day. Jo is obviously very experienced and knows how to put you at your ease. The studio is well-equipped and comfortable. All materials there waiting by our places. Taken step by step through a really interesting course, lots of fun and extremely satisfying. Much encouragement, laughing, and copious refreshments. I am well pleased with my hare. Gorgeous location too. I'll be doing it again in 2020. Excellent value!
Thank you Jo :)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Adrienne! Really happy you enjoyed the day - and experienced the 'magic' moment of the gilt cream final touch which bought your lovely hare to life ;-)
What a fabulous day! Jo is a very warm and welcoming lady and her studio is lovely. I had such a great day and brought home a leaping hare that I am very proud of! I would highly recommend this workshop, very well organised with all materials supplied and copious amounts of tea, coffee, biscuits and hula hoops 😊
Response from Jo Garden Art:Oh no! my hula hoop addiction is out ;-) !!! So glad you enjoyed the day Rachel xx
Really enjoyed this workshop. Jo is a great teacher and the facilities are fantastic. I have no artistic experience at all but the step by step instruction and easy to use materials made it a pleasure and I ended up with something I am very proud of. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Dawn ;-) Your leaping hare was lovely; so glad you enjoyed the workshop!
What a fun day! My Sister and I wanted to spend the day being creative with our 81 yr old Mum who hasn’t made any artwork in over 30 years. Jo gives great instruction, positivity and keeps things moving to create your sculpture. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and have been inspired to try the process at home.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Nikki! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and so glad your Mum enjoyed herself ;-) Can't believe your hare is now in Tuscany!
Jo is an enthusiastic & competent teacher very patient with absolute beginners like me! The location was lovely and everyone was friendly and supportive. I never thought I could create something artistic but Hepworth the Hare will take pride of place at home. My friends are planning to book on a course next spring and I will be back ! Thanks for a great day Jo ! X
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Carol! So glad 'Hepworth' managed the long journey home and now has views of canal boats going past your window ;-) Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Jo x
Had a lovely day yesterday on the one day Hare Workshop. Jo is a very patient teacher and full of encouragement for a total beginner! Jo leads you through each step with clear instruction and demonstration and provides lots of help when needed. A thoroughly enjoyable day, meeting new people and returning home with a sculpture I thought would have been well beyond my capabilities. I would love to do it again.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your review Val! So pleased you enjoyed the day and are proud of your moongazing hare ;-)
What a brilliant day! Jo is an excellent tutor very patient and guides you through the project so well that everyone comes away with a really impressive hare even without any prior experience or skill. The environment is lovely and Jo and Andy are both so friendly and welcoming (Tula and Mia are gorgeous too). The information you get prior to the workshop is clear and informative and the day itself is very well organised. I would thoroughly recommend this workshop.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your comments and really pleased you loved the day Nicola! You created wonderful detail on your moon gazing hare. ;-)
Without doubt one of the best courses I have ever been on and highly recommended. Jo's home and studio is beautiful and she is warm, welcoming and friendly - plus a great tutor too! She is brilliant at explaining what will happen, showing you what to do in bite size chunks and then encouraging you to do the work with the bare minimum of help.
I never thought I would turn a basic wire skeleton into such a lovely piece of art which has a memento of my late mum enclosed inside. It will forever have a special place in my garden.
All six of us were total beginners and we all did incredibly well. Would definitely be happy to go back and make something else another time. Thanks Jo (and Andy, Tula and Mia).
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for such a lovely review Annette. Your moon gazing hare is beautiful and I am so pleased it will have a special place in your garden xx
I treated myself and my husband Jeff to this one day course for our 19th anniversary (which is bronze, well only painted bronze but looks so good). Jo really is a brilliant, clear and friendly tutor who guided a completely non creative Jeff into a great hare artist ! We had a fantastic day, the dogs are so friendly and the studio is modern and bright. I recommend this day to everyone and I will send a few friends and family on it for unique Christmas and birthday gifts. Can’t wait to return and have started saving for a 2 day course.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Lynn! It was a pleasure having you and Jeff here on Saturday ;-) And didn't Jeff do well! I love it when someone say's they are not creative - then go on to pull a hidden talent out of the hat!
An absolutely wonderful day in a beautiful environment and led by Jo who is such a clever tutor. Jo made sure we all had the help we needed and 6 amazing sculptures were created by 6 people who had not a clue what we were doing at the start. A wonderful day with a special output.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for your review Sally! Everyone has an art genie just waiting to be tickled ;-) I'm sure your Mum will be thrilled with your stunning leaping hare. I'm looking forward to working with you on your full sized standing hare for your own garden.
Thoroughly enjoyable day. Jo was friendly and welcoming and provided easy to follow instructions and modelling. Everything was provided so all we brought was ourselves and some lunch.
I had great fun and lots of laughs with friends as we made our hares. Definitely will do this again as came away with a hare to give mum for Christmas and now want to make one to keep for myself.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Maggie! Really happy you made a wonderful hare for your Mum despite your injured shoulder ;-) Looking forward to seeing you again.
What a brilliant day! I have never attempted anything like this before and believed I didn’t have a flair for this type of art. Jo was a great instructor and with her step by step guide she explained and showed us the individual processes to achieve a good-looking hare! The modern studio we worked in was lovely, bright and airy with beautiful views overlooking the garden and fields.
A great day out whereby you can use your creative talents or in my case, learn a new skill.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thanks Yvonne! So glad you enjoyed the day and loved your very own masterpiece ;-) Very pleased you like my new studio - I'm as proud as punch with it and so lucky to have such a beautiful space to be creative in.
What a fabulous day in a fabulous setting. I really never expected to leave with such a wonderful hare that I am proud to display as I had told Jo, our teacher that she would have her work cut out with me!!! It is such a simple but effective technique that you can’t go wrong with. Jo was a great teacher, keeping an eye on us all, correcting us if needed but she will only give you as much or as little help as you want. The art studio is set in a wonderful and beautiful garden and Jo made us all feel so welcome.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your great review Sarah! It’s a privilege to be involved with someone discovering a hidden talent ;-)
The hare sculpture day was part of my mini-hen weekend. I wanted the weekend to leave us with a reminder (apart from Prosecco overload!), and wow what a result! We now all have our own funky hares as we decided to go a bit crazy with the designs – mine is called Beyonce as she has a rather generous posterior! I can’t wait to show her off! We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was so relaxing and fun. A great day out – I would definitely recommend it and Jo is a lovely teacher!
Response from Jo Garden Art:What a pleasure it was being part of your hen party weekend ;-). I loved the ‘funky hares’ and I’m sure they will ‘toasted’ to frequently. Have a wonderful wedding and I wish you every happiness for the future.
What a fantastic day! Not only did I come out of the workshop with a personalised sculpture which I would be happy to display in my home, I also learned how to design and develop a piece of artwork which was immensely satisfying. A great way to chill and socialise, and I now feel confident to try other artistic things. Would thoroughly recommend!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your comments Pauline, your running hare was fabulous!
I have just completed the Hare Workshop Day and it was amazing! I had so much fun creating my own masterpiece. It was a fun, relaxing atmosphere and who knew, with Jo’s guidance, I would be taking home my own Hare to display. I shall be booking again.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Rachael! So glad you had a great day and thank you also for sending me a photo of your hare in ‘pride of place’ on your sideboard ;-)