Suitable for complete beginners, this kit contains everything you need to create 4 fabulous bronze finished Sleeping Cat sculptures at home. Treat your family or friends to a laughter filled day each creating a unique masterpiece to keep.
The products are individually packed so can be spread between households if social distancing (see the collage within the photos of the amazing results from a group of friends who made them together via Zoom!). Fabulous fun and enjoyed by any age group (please note young children must be supervised). Jo guarantees no two cats will be the same! (Nb: There is a separate listing of a mixed Friends and Family kit containing 2 x Sleeping Cats and 2 x Hares - press on ‘more from this maker’ button to find it!).
Once finished, your Sleeping Cat sculptures will measure about 12cm x 10cm and weigh 550 grams. You can even base it on your own cat or kitten. Also ideal for a unique gift - 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.
The 'Sleeping Cat' kit comes with written instructions (with photos) as well as a link to a YouTube video showing Jo explaining the complete process. No previous clay sculpture experience is expected as Jo will show you each step in detail. In the kit is a scale template of Jo's own British Blue Cat (Olive), however she also explains how you can create a scale template of your own cat. Names can be scribed on the base to make it even more personal.
You will usually take about 90 minutes to sculpt your cat using 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 cat is 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 evolve your sleeping cat into a beautiful bronze finish.
Please note - this kit should be made within 4 months of purchase. These wonderful cats are for enjoying inside as the air-drying clay prefers not to endure soggy weather ;-)
Jo Garden Art - for amazing experiences!
NB: Postage is for mainland UK only - please make contact if outside this area. Price is for the kit of 4 sets to be sent to one address. Please message Jo if you wish for the kit to be sent to 4 addresses - please note extra charges will apply.
- Written instructions with photographs
- Link to full YouTube video of Jo providing a step-by-step workshop
- Scale sleeping cat template with ruler
- Foil armature
- Base board and wax paper to make your sculpture on
- Vacuum packed reinforced air-drying clay
- Cloth to wet & keep clay moist
- Bio-degradable bag to keep sculpture moist during breaks
- Sculpture tool
- Powertex bronze paint & paint brush
- Bronze gilt cream & applicator
Nothing! Everything is contained in the kit to create 4 individual Sleeping Cats. All the items are individually wrapped so they can be easily spread between households if socially distancing.
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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By far the best taught art course I’ve been on. Excellent in every way and the results were astounding. I am booking to go back!!!! Highly highly recommended. Incredible surroundings with a very friendly small class. Lovely studio and I felt really looked after and welcomed.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Lisa - I just loved watching your huge hare come to life! By far the biggest created out of the large hare armature 😆 👍. Liked the dark copper finish with extra Verdigris on the inside of the ears 😍. Looking forward to seeing you again in December. Jo x
The most rewarding and challenging course I have ever been on. Jo encourages you all the way through to ensure that you take home a piece of work you can be proud of. Such an enjoyable experience, thank you Jo
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Heather 😄. You worked at an amazing pace to complete your large Namaste figure (including the underneath 😆). Fabulous work and I hope is in pride of place in your garden. Jo x
We were amazed at what we achieved on this course. With no artistic background we came back with sculptures we are proud to to put in our garden. Lovely environment and so much time taken to prepare for each individual creation!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Helen & Phil - we enjoyed the challenge of making your stag and owl armatures 😆. Both sculptures developed wonderfully - well done! Looking forward to seeing photos of them in-situ and to see how the copper verdigris develops. Jo x
A professional yet friendly course which allowed me to fully disconnect from my day to day life and enjoy being creative alongside meeting people with similar interests.
Thank you for looking after us so well Jo and I would 100% recommend your sculpture workshop.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Emma - and well done on being the first to try out a new finishing technique on your human sculpture - looked really, really fabulous! Jo x
I can’t recommend Jo’s course highly enough. We had a fabulous weekend in Jo’s beautiful studio. I was a little nervous being a complete novice but this is such well thought through course. Jo manages that perfect balance of expertise, with perfectly timed gentle nudges in the right direction, and freedom to create. Andy provided the armature cores which provide the perfect start. I am just so proud of my dog. He makes me smile every time I look at him and am so looking forward to trying out my hare and person kits - although I’ll give my hands a little rest first !
Thank you for a very special weekend Jo and Andy.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Clare - I fell in love with your dog sculpture and am planning my own version in memory of a four legged friend from long ago 😊. Enjoy making the kits! Jo xx
Very impressed by the kit, the instructions and the value for money. No idea how Jo makes a profit out of this, but delighted to have been the beneficiary of her comprehensive online and written guidance.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Mark 😀. Gosh that fine line between profit and affordability is a hard gambit! I just love knowing these hares are being made all over the country 😄. I hope you have a great time making yours - please do not hesitate to make contact if you have any questions. Jo x
Fast delivery kits very organised and Jo very helpful
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge the kit arrival Karen. Have a fabulous time with it 😊 Jo x
25/26th March 22
What a fantastic 2 days I’ve had.
The most wonderful setting for just doing your project with Jo’s sculpture’s dotted around the grounds, as if you needed more encouragement!
Jo is so enthusiastic and encouraging, she is with you every step of the way.
This is the second two day workshop I have done, the first being a leaping hare, he sits in my garden quite happily but now this time I’ve done ‘The Lady’ she is a metre high and I’m so proud of her.
It was a lovely group of 4 of us all doing different things and Jo was at our side every step of the way, what more could you want!
WILL be coming again. Thank you so much xx
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Susan 🤗 It was wonderful having you back in the studio again. 'The Lady' evolved over the two days from a piece of angle iron into a sassy woman. You made everything from the curvaceous body through to the hat and garments finished in bronze and brilliant blue. Fabulous! Now what will be next ...... 😄 Jo x
I have just returned home from the most fabulous 2 day sculpture course with Jo in very sunny Suffolk.
Through various emails before the course I just knew that I was dealing with the most lovely knowledgeable professional and I wasn’t wrong.
Jo oozes enthusiasm and it is infectious.
I ambitiously chose an intertwining couple sculpture, as usual doing a marathon before I could walk - BUT with Jo’s patience and guidance it is finished and will be proudly displayed in my garden.
Thank you to Andy, Jo’s husband, for providing his welding skills and tea skills.
This course was incredible.
I met some lovely talented people and I am looking forward to my next project.
I travelled from London and it was well worth it.
(Stayed in the Premier Inn in Bury St Edmunds town )
Thank you so much Jo, I loved every minute!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for this lovely review Carol 😊. You embraced the challenge of your complex sculpture and created a piece that can be displayed in a range of poses - well done! So glad you are thinking of more projects. Do not hesitate to make contact if you need to chat about any aspect. Lovely to meet your partner and pleased he enjoyed his exploration of the lovely places in and around Bury St Edmunds. Jo x
I bought this kit last year as a treat to myself. I loved the design and wanted to make my own. I have just got round it it last weekend and the instructions are very clear, I watched the video and followed that along to make my own sleeping cat. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole crafting experience and very pleased with my own sleeping cat sculpture.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Dear Leigh - thank you so much for taking the time to write a review 🤗. Really pleased you enjoyed making your sleeping cat and found the instructions clear. Thank you again, Jo x
Jo was so helpful and friendly when we spoke on the phone. The kit arrived at the time I requested.
It was so well thought out and the instruction video was very easy to follow.
The large hare was great fun to make, I did it over several days.
I was delighted with the end result, and Arthur now lives in our sitting room.
( I couldn’t bear to put him outside)
Would recommend Jo’s kit to anyone.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for taking the time to write a review Linda 🤗. I'm so happy you enjoyed the experience of making your large hare - and that Arthur is now part of the family! Perhaps he can enjoy the outside in the Spring and Summer 😄. Jo x
Received this as a gift last year. The kit contained literally everything needed (except water!) instructions were very clear.
Managed to create an end result I am really happy with 😀
Would highly recommend 10/10
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Leri! And thank you for emailing me your fabulous photo's 🤩. I'm so glad you enjoyed the kit and now have a little sculpture to make you smile. Jo x
I haven’t attempted to make the hare sculpture yet as it is a Christmas gift for a friend but it looks great and the ordering and delivery process were easy, efficient and fuss free. I will update once my friend gives me feedback on how it went for her. Thanks x
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Jax ;-) I hope your friend really enjoys making her large hare and thank you for choosing my kit as your present to her. Jo x
An excellent 2-day course in every way. From the relaxed intro, with a cuppa in hand, to the tuition and gentle guidance throughout - all had been given impeccable thought and consideration.
This was the second course I’ve attended and have been more than delighted with both. If you have never attempted sculpture, or are indeed a seasoned sculptor, there is something for everyone. Jo and Andy are delightful and so approachable, absolutely nothing is too much trouble.
Copious tea/coffee, chocolate or bananas for when concentration is flagging... I can’t think of anything that’s been overlooked. I would highly recommend this as a wonderfully creative Christmas gift.
Thank you, Jo and Andy, looking forward to seeing you both again very soon 😆
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Trudi! Your wonderful Crane was a joy to watch developing over the two days. The addition of real iron rust over the wings was a lovely touch. What will you come up with next?! Jo x
Best 2days ever .i loved it .. Nice small group plenty of time for everyone .generous with supplis and all that u needed was at hand ...i dont like holidaying alone and this year i found the perfect break that was better than any holiday .returned home a relaxed and happy person. Thanks so much .love my hare and see u next year
Response from Jo Garden Art:What a lovely review - thank you Jackie ;-) Looking forward to seeing you back in the studio Jo xx
I booked Jo’s workshop after visiting a Rodin exhibition and being inspired to try sculpture. Jo’s friendly approach and professional tutoring made this experience so accessible and enjoyable that I booked another workshop shortly afterwards.
The setting for the course is beautiful, Jo and Andy are super helpful and welcoming.
The outcome from both 2-day courses was magical: just like my first sculpture which I’ve called magic man. Would give this course a 10/10 🙌🤩 and highly recommend it to anyone.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Caroline - you are such a pleasure to work with and your interpretation of a 3D sculpture from your amazing Magic Man drawing was gorgeous. Looking forward to mulling over another project! Jo x
Just finished my third workshop with Jo and tremendous help and support from Andy. This time created 3 ladies to stand outside. Wonderful 2 days, learnt more new technics and am thrilled with results. Many thanks and will see you again.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sally! Really enjoyed seeing you back in the studio and your three gorgeous ladies are still there gradually drying out. My sister who lives abroad 'face timed' today and I showed them to her - she loved them and asked me to do a remote workshop via zoom so she can create similar sculptures! They will look amazing on the tree stump you have in your garden. What will you think of next ...... ! Jo x
What a wonderful way to spend two days!
Having recently completed my 'leaping hare' under Jo's expert tuition, I can highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of having a go at this type of sculpting.
Jo is such a professional, patient and fun tutor that I felt at home within minutes of arriving, despite being a complete novice. Andy, Jo's husband was the welder for our pre-prepared armatures, so together they make a great team.
I was amazed that after just two days, I could produce something so beautiful and which has been much admired by friends and family. Just looking at him (definitely a 'him') makes me smile.
Thank you Jo, I will be back next year!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Angie! Andy's armatures are a piece of art in themselves ;-) So glad you felt at ease - I appreciate how out of depth people must feel when first arriving. I just love how the hares in particular evolve personalities and so happy he makes you smile! Jo x
I had a wonderful two days Jo was so helpful and I was able to make something far beyond expectation - will be going again
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Margaret ;-) Your owl was just gorgeous - and finishing it in rust will mean the colour keeps changing as weather affects the iron particles. Looking forward to seeing you again in 2022! Jo x
I have absolutely loved making the hare. There was no shortage of supplies, and the instructions were very straightforward. It is excellent value, and the finishe piece looks amazing
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for taking the time to place a review Karen. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the experience and ended up with a fabulous hare sculpture you can pop in your garden. Jo x
Thanks Jo for a wonderful 2 days of learning and laughing. I am more pleased with my mad Pukekos than I ever could have imagined. I can’t wait to see them running around the garden.
I loved getting the chance to try another technique as well and am looking forward to creating more using the home kits.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Tessa! Your Pukekos were so much fun to plan ready for the workshop and then watch you create to a perfect match of the outrageous colours they display ;-) I wonder how many people will read this review then look up what a Pukeko is!!! Thank you for trailing out the forthcoming Human Sculpture Kit - your 'lady reading a book' was fabulous. Jo x
Had a lovely two days with Jo. She's a great teacher and gave us all lots of attention and instruction. She has a great studio and a garden full of inspiration. I'm very happy with my rusty leaping hare. Added bonus was trialling a new kit with Jo. We learnt a different technique to the one we used on the hares and had an extra piece to bring home. All very inspiring.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Caroline ;-) your rusty hare will keep changing as the iron content of the coating matures - it's a lovely 'alchemy' process. Thank you again for taking the challenge of trialling my new Human Sculpture Kit and creating a fabulous cobra Yoga pose lady in air-drying clay. You really have a flair for sculpture! Jo x
Had a fabulous 2 days with Jo, this is an excellent and very friendly and helpful course, Thanks Jo my Hare will look great in the garden, thanks also for the laid back approach you have with teaching an old dog new tricks, i shall have fun doing my leaping hare and look forward to hopefully coming back next year. Many thanks again x
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Wendy ;-) I enjoyed seeing your ear-scratching hare come to life - I hope he has a long life in your garden! Have a great time making your leaping hare and hopefully will see you again in 2022! Jo xx
Just absolutely perfect.
Can’t fault it.
I have booked again.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Simone ;-) Your goat with golden appendages has caused a lot of WOWS! Can't wait for the next challenge!!!! Jo x
We LOVED our course with Jo!! I am delighted to say that I have found my passion through Jo's teaching! We learnt so much in such a short time, as Jo had previously been in touch with us to discuss what we wanted to sculpt and communicated with us seamlessly to ensure that she would have all the materials ready for our arrival.
Jo is incredibly professional, talented and patient! She supported our wild ideas and helped us create magic. From the moment we arrived, Jo had everything set up. The two day course was small (only 4 of us), which was perfect as it meant that we all had so much of her attention and also learnt from what she did with everyone else.
Fabulous garden, wonderful wee dogs and very helpful and handy Andy!!
If you only do one sculpture course, then absolutely do this one! I wouldn't settle for a one day course though... the two day is a must!
Thanks Jo and Andy! You are a dream team and I am so grateful for what you have taught me and so excited about my new path of sculpting!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Wow Min - what a wonderful review, thank you so much. Your leaping hare was gorgeous and hopefully home and in pride of place. I'm so happy when I hear the workshop has triggered a new passion for sculpting - food for the soul for both of us ;-) Hope to see you again, Jo x
Beautiful setting , wonderful host /Tutor . So enjoyed creating my sculpture will defo be returning !
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Ruth ;-) Really enjoyed having you here for the two day workshop & hope your gorgeous lady figure & seashell bowl find a special place at home. Jo x
I haven't enjoyed a craft project so much in years. I only wish I didn't live so far away so that I could do a workshop with Jo. Her demonstration video was brilliant at every stage and I can't say how delighted I am with my finished hare. He's a stunner !! I'm hoping to contact Jo to find out what else she does
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Jenni! I'm so pleased you enjoyed making your large hare at home. It looks a bit daunting at first, but broken down into stages the process usually flows without hitches! I do make bespoke kits, for instance I created a standing horse kit for someone who had already made the large hare. If you have an idea, just send me a message! Jo x
Such a brilliant weekend! Jo is such a good teacher that she settles all the nerves instantly. An amazing time learning new techniques in the beautiful Suffolk countryside with lovely fellow students - the time passed too quickly. Definitely going to book again.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Denise! A follower on Facebook commented via a separate email how beautifully proportioned your hare was ;-) Perhaps you need a large leaping hare to join her!!! Your daughters amazing Eagle Owl has caused a Facebook sensation as well. Well done both of you, Jo x
Bought this for my wife's birthday present. It was an incredible experience and Jo is the perfect blend of teacher and host. The course was amazing and would highly recommend for people of all experiences, I certainly have now art or craft ability but the final outcome were sculptures we are proud to display in our garden. Can't recommend more highly and will definitely be looking to go back with friends and family.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Simon ;-) Well done on you both creating two amazing rearing horse sculptures. Both were just fabulous, yet had individual characters. They have received lots of praise from my Facebook followers! Jo x
My sister bought me one of your sculpture workshop visit for my birthday but alas with lock down we were unable to attend. We then decided to try making these at home. Just had to let you know we both had so much fun and we are pleased with our finished hares. I have forward some pictures for you to see. We would definitely recommend this product to anybody. We found the instructions easy to follow and had plenty of the supplied products. I would advise anyone to read information supplied well and not to rush things. We done ours over three sittings which suited us.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Gillian! I've popped one of your photo's (foil stage) onto the Craft Course page of the Large Hare Kit. I agree splitting up the times over a few stages is a great idea. It was a pity we could not meet in person, but it's lovely to know you enjoyed the kit. Jo x
Have just finished making the sleeping cat kit with my friend. Cannot believe how different both the cats are even though we followed the video at the same time! They are great. Rebecca made a siamese cat and I made a version of Emma, my beautiful british blue. We both really enjoyed the whole process and would recommend the kit.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Carol ;-) Really glad you both enjoyed making your cats - I agree it's surprising how different the finished sculptures turn out even when you use the same materials and instructions. I often receive photos and am always amazed at the variety! Jo x
The instructions were really clear, absolutely everything required was supplied in the kit, exceptionally well planned. We really enjoyed it, a relaxing and therapeutic experience, absolutely perfect for a few hours away from everyday life. We would definitely recommend them and will be ordering more in the future.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Clare - really glad you enjoyed the kit! Jo ;-)
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!
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
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
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
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 ;-) ;-) ;-)