Hare Sculpture one day workshop with Jo Garden Art in beautiful Norfolk/Suffolk

Spacious, light studio (room layout may differ!)
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Description

On this fun filled and absorbing one day Hare Sculpture workshop you will sculpt your very own moon-gazing or ‘in motion’ hare! No experience needed at all as Jo guides you through every step. *** Stop Press! Unique one day hare sculpture workshop available for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve - see special listing by pressing on the 'More from this maker' button ***

We start with a steel stand and aluminium wire armature which has been pre-made for you (although later in the day we will make an armature together so you can understand the technique). You will move features of the armature to your own personalised ‘pose’, making every sculpture completely unique. At this stage you can also place a personal message into the heart of your hare (poignant for moon gazing hares), or you can include a lock of hair etc. Layers of plaster are then added, with a final coat of weather resistant colour and ‘kiss’ of gilding cream to bring your sculpture to life (the magic moment!).

Depending on the pose you have chosen, your sculpture will stand between 25 - 30 centimetres high and weigh about 1 kilo. The sculptures are weather resistant so pop your hare outside to moon-gazing or leap about your garden or patio! There may be a choice to upgrade the size of hare you make to a medium (50cm) or large (75cm) hare. See photo on this page of them sitting under a pine tree to see size difference. Details are provided closer to the workshop.

We also run fascinating Two Day Sculpture workshops where you can make your own design of sculpture. Often these are large and bespoke - check out the photos on the Jo Garden Art Two Day Sculpture here on Craft Course website. Press 'More From This Maker' button to see information!

Jo Garden Art's rural workshop is modern, spacious and bright, set in beautiful quiet countryside just outside the village of Hepworth on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. It's within easy reach of Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge for those of you having a break in the area. The Jo Garden Art sculpture kits to make at home or for gifts will be available to take away at discounted prices.

Our workshops are friendly, fun and relaxing. They are suitable for all abilities and age groups, although young children may find the full day tiring (children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Separate dates can be arranged for memorable hen days and positive team building events (please click 'Chat with the Maker' for details).

If you cannot make any of the dates and would like to make the same hare at home - please click on 'More from this Maker' button where you will see 'Hare Sculpture Kit' for £49. Or if you would like to make a full sized hare, there is the 'Full Sized Hare Sculpture Kit' for £89. A detailed YouTube video of Jo showing you each stage of making your hare are included ;-)

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included for your sculpture (please note there is a £5 surcharge payable on the day for the leaping or running hare versions).
Aprons are provided.
Each student has access to their own set of tools (so no waiting for others to finish!).

Tea, coffee, water and snacks are available throughout the day.
Please bring your own packed lunch. Fridge space, microwave & toaster available.

We have three acres of grounds to stretch your legs (probably accompanied by our friendly Cockapoos).

Maker

Jo Garden at Jo Garden Art

Venue

Acorns, Beck Street
Hepworth
Diss
Suffolk
IP22 2PN

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday

Duration

1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.

Reviews

In-person course
Harriet Baulu - - #35271

An amazing day creating a leaping hare with Jo.
Jo was incredibly knowledgeable and made you feel at ease learning this new skill. The day was paced well, where you felt you had time to work on each element before moving on. Jo makes you feel very welcome and at home within her beautiful studio and garden.
I purchased some of Jo's kits to do at home and have subsequently made two more sculptures following her comprehensive guides and the skills learned on the day.
Thank you Jo, it was totally worth travelling hundreds if miles to come and do this

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Harriet! And thank you also for sending me those wonderful photos of your racing greyhound and sitting spaniel made from your bespoke kits bought at the workshop. They were really good ;-) I am constantly humbled by how far people travel for my workshops and really happy you felt it was worthwhile. Hope to see you again! Jo x

In-person course
Sue Lambert - - #35233

One of the best days out!
I thought I wasn’t creative. How wrong was I!
I have the most beautiful leaping hare as a result of the most wonderful day.
Under Jo’s watchful eye, her easy manner and expert knowledge guided us through the process of creating what I can only describe as a masterpiece!
I met lovely people and came away fulfilled and dare I say rather smug with my fantastic hare sculpture.
Will definitely be doing another course. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Thank you Jo and my fellow course mates.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Sue ;-) We all have masterpieces buried inside us! Well done on your amazing leaping hare and I'm so happy you enjoyed the day. Jo xx

In-person course
Karen Fisher - - #35217

Had a fantastic day with a group of friends at one of Jo's workshops this week. Jo and her husband welcomed us into their home and the beautiful surroundings of Jo's workshop. The course was great fun and Jo led us patiently through each step so that we all came away with a hare sculpture that we had slowly fallen in love with during the day - each had it's own name by the time we left. Would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone, no previous experience needed at all. Our group will definitely be back for another day of fun with Jo in the near future.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Karen! The hares created seem to take on their own life as the day progresses - such a lovely process. Would love to see you back again in 2022! Jo x

In-person course
Esther - - #35206

What a great day - would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone. We had a lot of fun, learned some new skills and came away with a lovely reminder. Thanks Jo!

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Esther ;-) It's rare that anyone has created a sculpture in the way I've developed, so it's great fun showing everyone what they can do with that sequence of processes. Well done on your lovely hare ;-) Jo x

In-person course
Claire Jennings - - #35203

Just had a Fantastic day at this Hare workshop. Jo is amazing. I never thought I would be able to make something so lovely. I went with friends and we had such a fun day and all came away very proud of our creations. The studio is in the most beautiful setting and Jo and her husband made us feel so welcome. I can’t recommend this workshop highly enough.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Claire - we both really enjoy the workshops and love facilitating the day. Your hare was gorgeous - well done ;-) Jo x

In-person course
Gill starkie - - #35201

What a fantastic day. Jo is an amazing teacher, we learnt so much and we are all delighted with our Hares. We laughed and giggled all the way through and Jo was so patient and kind with us.
I can't wait to come on another course...

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you so much Gill! I so much enjoyed the day ;-) Well done on your Verdigris finished leaping hare! Jo xx

In-person course
John - - #35025

Absolutely brilliant day! Jo is an expert facilitator and a wonderful host. Great location. A really enjoyable and relaxing day - highly recommended!

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you John! So glad you and Sam had a great day - I do believe your hare had record breaking length of ears ;-)

In-person course
Dawn Knutton - - #34934

I had a brilliant day on Jo's workshop and took home a sculpture I'm incredibly proud of too. Jo put all of us on the course at ease and made the whole process so much fun as well as taking us through all the technicalities of producing the sculpture. I can't wait to go back and make something else! Thank you Jo 😊

Response from Jo Garden Art:

My pleasure Dawn! I am writing this response just before my guests arrive for the second day of a two day workshop - we made some really interesting armatures for this one; a long leaping hare, a racing greyhound, an eagle owl and a man dancing on the earth with a moon in the background! Hope to see you at another workshop, Jo x

In-person course
Sandra Webb - - #34775

A full and most enjoyable day. Good pace, clear instructions and support when required. Purpose built studio was ideal.

A bonus is that all the hares from our group looked great, all individual characters from the same tuition.

Highly recommended for all.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thanks Sandra ;-) I love my studio so much and it's been a blessing during the Covid months. I know where you are coming from about the individual characters of the hares - they all start out exactly the same, but morph during the day through the touch of their creators! Jo x

In-person course
Gillian - - #34739

What a truly fantastic fun filled day. This was my 2nd workshop and it was as brilliant as the first. Jo and Andy are so welcoming and kind. The day flew past as we were guided gently, laughed lots and chatted continually. Home with a second amazing Hare full of personality that has brought smiles to so many already and each time I look at them, they bring back such warm memories. Thank you Jo and Andy for an inspirational experience. I will definitely be back xxxx

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Gillian - the workshop was so much fun and all of your hares were gorgeous ;-) So happy the second workshop was as good as the first for you - that means a huge amount to me. Jo x

In-person course
Amanda Wisker - - #34737

Had a fabulous day for a friend’s special birthday, Jo made us feel so welcome. We all made amazing hare sculptures, thoroughly recommend a day with Jo.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Amanda! Just loved yesterday's workshop - so glad you all enjoyed it ;-) Jo x

In-person course
Trudi - - #34695

Well what a day, what a course!! Absolutely delighted (and amazed) with my sculpture. Not being a particularly arty type, the whole process was a revelation.
Lovely fun bunch of 5 other ladies and what a talented teacher Jo is. She started by describing the process, then demonstrated. We had a ‘go’ under her watchful eye and could ask for direction & help at any stage. Jo is....endlessly helpful, patient, kind and great fun.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a workshop like this, highly recommended and going again next month for a two day course 👏👏

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you so much Trudi! I can't wait to see what you create on the two day workshop ;-) Plus you will have time to make a human sculpture on the second day! Really looking forward to seeing you back here, Jo x

In-person course
Helen - - #34691

What a fantastic day! A friend and I travelled and stayed overnight in order to do this course and it was well worth the overall eight hour drive.
You couldn't fail to enjoy spending a day in Jo's wonderful studio. Jo was very welcoming and is such fun. She is also a brilliant teacher and guided us every step of the way. There were a lovely group of ladies and we all came away very proud of our masterpieces. It was so interesting seeing a wire armature turn into a beautiful hare, as none of us could imagine we'd be able to create something like that! There was a completely relaxed atmosphere with plenty of tea, coffee and chocolate on hand and lots of laughs!
Would highly recommend this to anyone and would love to return again! Thank you Jo!

Response from Jo Garden Art:

wow - what a lovely review, thank you Helen! You did an amazing job managing to create your medium sized hare in the same time as the smaller ones - I was really impressed ;-) Thank you for travelling so far and would love to see you back here again. Jo x

In-person course
Heidi - - #34682

The 'One Day Workshop' was given to me as a gift and what a fabulous gift too! A lovely day, relaxed, great location, lovely surroundings and amazing tuition from Jo. Going home with a hare sculpture that actually resembles a hare and that I will be very happy for others to see, can't wait to show him off. Can definitely recommend and looking forward to going back for the two day workshop next year.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Heidi! Saturday was a great day with great people. Looking forward to seeing what you will make on a 2 day workshop!!! Jo x

In-person course
Christine Wright - - #34658

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and was overjoyed with my finished running hare. A fantastic birthday gift!

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Christine - a lovely day all round ;-) Well done on making your running hare which can be a bit fiddly in places, but turned out better than my version!!! Hope to see you again, Jo x

In-person course
Gill Stenton - - #34621

Did the one day course just over a week ago. Absolutely fantastic.
The course is easy to follow, all materials supplied, including chocolate and beverages.
I came home with my leaping hare and am so proud of it.
I am now going to book the two day course.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Yay! Thanks Gill - looking forward to seeing you at the end of October ;-) Jo x

In-person course
Mel - - #34589

What a fun day! I'd had no previous experience of sculpting and came home with a wonderful hare. Jo was great, very knowledgeable and was on hand throughout the day. Highly recommend.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Mel! Really glad you enjoyed the day and was so pleased with everyone's gorgeous hares ;-) Jo xx

In-person course
Sue - - #34509

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Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you so much Sue! I'm so glad we finally beat the Covid postponements and finally had your friends surprise birthday present. Trying something new is always daunting and the big thrill for me at the end of each workshop is seeing people achieve a little magic ;-) Thank you for recommending the workshop and it would be a pleasure seeing both of you back again! Perhaps on a 2 day workshop for a bigger challenge!!!!! Jo x

In-person course
Ann - - #34328

I had a fantastic day sitting side by side with my best friend, making a leaping hare! Jo was a superb tutor - giving clear and simple instructions, happy to repeat them when I wasn't listening(!) and showing us step-by-step how to create our individual sculptures. It was a wonderful experience, being "allowed" to make art again and encouraged to do so! Jo is a fabulous facilitator, appearing from nowhere with fresh paper for the tables, and bowls of clean water, brewing as much tea and coffee as you wish and always at hand to help and assist if we needed her. Beautiful studio set in very tranquil gardens which were full of interesting sculptures made by Jo. I HIGHLY recommend you book a workshop with Jo - it is art for the soul. I'm delighted with my leaping hare!

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Wow Ann - what a lovely review, thank you so much. I love being busy, so juggling the processes throughout the day is fun for me and hopefully nice for everyone attending. You are right - Art is for the soul and anyone can enjoy some zen time in the studio. Hope to see you again! Jo x

In-person course
Ruth Gatward - - #34313

Amazing relaxing day. Jo provided good clear instructions even a beginner could follow. Absolutely wonderful day in a beautiful setting.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Ruth ;-) I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day and found the instructions easy. I do work on refining the details to ensure absolute beginners do achieve a sculpture they are proud of. Hope to see you again, kind regards Jo x

In-person course
Chris - - #34262

Jo is a marvellous tutor. She guided us through the different stages and it was fantastic to see the hare sculpture emerge. Each one of our group created a different hare which reflected our personalities. I really enjoyed the day and hope to go back again.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Chris ;-) I love watching the evolvement of the hares at each stage. I understand that when the class first look at their own wire hare armature, it seems impossible to imagine what the final outcome will be! And you are right - the hares do reflect personalities - I really enjoy seeing the outcomes ;-) Jo x

In-person course
Teresa Hardiman - - #34225

Had the most beautiful day making hares with Jo, she had the day planned perfectly. My sister has never made or even be able to draw stick men. With Jo's fabulous help and guidance she made a wonderful hare, she was totally shocked that she could create something so arty.
Such a well organised day in an amazing art room, set in even more amazing beautiful and tranquil setting. Highly recommended.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Teresa ;-) And thank you for being brave enough to try the new patinated copper finish! Are the blue & greens still developing?! The finish looked amazing - I popped that short video on to my Facebook page if you take a peep (thank you for letting me do that). Would love to see you back here one day, Jo xx

In-person course
Deborah O'Brien - - #34224

I booked for myself and my two sisters to do this course and I couldn't have had a better time, we all came away with beautiful Hare sculptures. Jo made the entire process fun and easy and we all came away with new skills to have a go at home or we may come back and have a go at a bigger sculpture, Jo showed us photos some of her other students had made and they were awesome. I purchased one of the bigger hare kits, it has lots in it and I cant wait to have a go. The studio setting is fabulous and a walk around the large garden was worth the visit alone with lots of sculptures to see. It was a really fun day too. I highly recommend this course, thank you Jo we had a wonderful day and came home with sculptures we are all proud of.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

What a fabulous review - thank you Deborah ;-) I really enjoyed having you all in the studio together and seeing your various styles of hare sculptures develop throughout the day. Having a thunderstorm in the background whilst we made armatures together was a first for me! You managed to walk the paths cut through the grass just in time ;-) Would love to have you back for a two day workshop making a bigger sculpture! Enjoy the large hare kit. Jo x

In-person course
Neil Thompson - - #34208

Good fun day very helpful and instructive, and chuffed with my results😀 l would recommend for anyone to, lovely setting and studio, and Jo is a pleasure to learn from, also keeps you supplied with drinks and giggles 👍

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thanks Neil!!! I think your wonderful whit was the cause of many giggles on Saturday. I was a pleasure having you and your son at the workshop. Your hares were great and I'm so happy you were pleased with your running hare (with large butt!!!!). Jo x

In-person course
Liz - - #34146

What a fantastic day! I absolutely loved the whole workshop, from start to finish. The setting is beautiful, Jo is a superb teacher, and I found the process totally absorbing and relaxing - and fun, too. I'm not particularly artistic, but I was delighted with the result and am more than happy to have 'Hercules' on display at home. I was even disappointed when we had finished, but I'm looking forward to getting the tin foil out to see if I can do anything vaguely successful with the kit I've brought home with me. Thanks also to Andy who played his part in making it a great day.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Liz ;-) Really pleased you have Hercules on display at home! Have fun with making your dog out of the kit you took home - please do not hesitate to make contact if you have any questions at all! Jo x

In-person course
Sally - - #34145

Am amazing day. I am rubbish at these sorts of things - but with Jo's help I made a leaping hare and really enjoyed the whole process. The day was very well organised, in a beautiful setting and run by a very patient, kind and skilled teacher.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Sally! Really glad you enjoyed the day and I hope your leaping hare is settled at home . Lovely meeting you, Jo x

In-person course
Jane - - #34129

Thank you so much Jo - this was by far one of the best workshops I’ve been on and the first time I have tried Scuplture in any form. Everything from start to finish was perfectly organised from your pre-workshop comms, your warm welcome, the stunning setting, and the amazing preparation and tuition to allow me to make the most amazing large sitting hare. The weather was completely on our side but I was blown away but how much I was able to achieve with your help in one day. This was a perfect antidote for a days escapism from a busy life and pandemic living. Thank you! I hope to be back!

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Jane ;-) I could not believe you managed to make one of the large hares through to completion in just 1 day! The hot weather did help with allowing super fast drying, but you kept up with each stage the remainder of the group completed making the smaller hares. Bravo ! Would be delighted to see you back here for a two day workshop - what would you achieve on that!! Jo xx

In-person course
Mary Hyder - - #34096

A really great day. Everyone really enjoyed it and we all made hare sculptures to be proud of due to the first rate teaching and guidance.. Jo is a very welcoming host and the setting for the workshop is just stunning. Thank you for a lovely day.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Mary ;-) lovely company and gorgeous hares and not too hot weather! Am just preparing for today's workshop with a 31 degree forecast. Just as well I have air conditioning in the studio ;-) ;-) Jo x

In-person course
Penny - - #33884

We had such a good day! Jo was not only an amazing tutor and well organised but also so lovely! The atmosphere was fun and relaxing in her fab workshop. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Penny ;-) So glad you and Chris enjoyed the day. Still finding bits of tin foil ;-) ;-) ;-) xxx

In-person course
Glenis Ridy - - #33822

My husband arranged for me to go on this course as a Christmas present (arranged several times due to Covid!) and I was so pleased to finally do it as it was brilliant! Jo’s expert planning and preparation meant that we all progressed through the different stages of making our hares at roughly the same rate and produced lovely finished products at the end of the day. We all felt very welcome in Jo’s studio, garden and home and the atmosphere was lovely. We also came away with all the information about what we had used in class and a small pot of paint and a brush for touching up - a very useful finishing touch.

I can unreservedly recommend Jo’s class to any ability because of the preparation and structure of the day.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Glenis ;-) We finally met after re-arranging your surprise present 5 times! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day and took home a kit for your husband to make a 'leaping hare' companion for your wonderful hare sculpture. I hope you do not need the 'touch-up' kit, but pleased you liked the provision just in case. Jo x

In-person course
Lisa bruin - - #33811

I came away from this 1 day workshop absolutely buzzing, what a fabulous day Jo is a brilliant tutor, her style of teaching is very clever, she immediately puts you at ease and yet she gets you to do an incredible amount of work in a very short space of time- so by the end of the day you go home with your very own mini masterpiece.
Jo and her husband turn their home over to the students for the day, both are very welcoming and their home is a peaceful haven - a joy to work in. Highly recommend this workshop to anyone whether you’re an experienced artist or a beginner.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you so much for this heart warming review Lisa ;-) It was a pleasure having you at the workshop and also seeing your incredible pencil drawings; so talented! Glad to have activated another skill - please do not hesitate to make contact if you would like to chat over ideas. Jo x

In-person course
Anna Dawson - - #33368

Me and Mum went on this one day course to make the Hare's. It was honestly FANTASTIC and my cheeks actually hurt from smiling so much. Jo is a fabulous teacher - incredibly personable, kind and helpful and although this review sounds too good to be true, I genuinely had a great time. It surpassed all my expectations so thank you.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Oh Anna, thank you so much for this heart warming review after such a long absence of workshops ;-) I really enjoy having families on workshops as we have so many laughs. I'm so glad you both enjoyed the day and ended up with a lovely hare sculptures to take home. Jo x

In-person course
Sue - - #33356

Brilliant day making a Hare sculpture. I’d never done anything like this before & am not known for my artistic skills... It really was great fun, so rewarding to see ‘Bob’ come to life from twisted wire, foil & some messy stuff plus he looks like a hare too! Recommend this to anyone, Jo’s a lovely teacher just the right mix of helping & standing back, setting’s tranquil & welcoming, plenty of refreshments, a good way to spend a day!

Response from Jo Garden Art:

'Bob' ! you have a name - nudge nudge, wink wink (sorry everyone, private joke!). So glad to help find your inner artist skills come to the surface ;-) It was a great day. Jo xx

In-person course
Jane Ayliffe - - #33353

Fantastic day making my hare sculpture , lovely surroundings and the workshop is light and airy with plenty of room to work . Met some lovely people to share the day with . Jo and her husband are very welcoming and made us feel at home straight away . Jo is a wonderful teacher and explained clearly every step for us to follow with great results. I think we were all surprised with our efforts and we all had a fabulous piece to take home . All in all an excellent experience and a fun day sculpting. Highly recommended.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Jane ;-) Such an enjoyable day - still smiling! I will post the photo of the finished hare sculptures sitting on the oak bench onto the Craft Course one day workshop photo booth. Jo xx

In-person course
Lynn Hands - - #33343

Attended a 1 day workshop with Jo yesterday. Fantastic day, Jo is an excellent teacher giving very clear hands on instruction at every stage of the process. Lovely bright studio to work in and lots of sculpture to be seen in the garden. Drinks, biscuits and ice-cream all freely given throughout the day. Very pleased with the results and will most likely book a 2 day workshop to make something bigger for the garden. Would thoroughly recommend .

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Lynn! What a lovely week it's been. So glad you enjoyed the day and it would be great to see you here again for a Two Day workshop ;-) Jo xx

In-person course
Carol Rose - - #33290

Just spent an absolutely fabulous day with Jo in her beautiful garden studio making hares. My husband and I were holidaying with another couple and this was definitely the highlight of our holiday. Jo is a wonderful teacher, we all came home with unique hare sculptures that we are thrilled with. Can’t recommend highly enough. In fact we went back two days later and bought some more kits to do at home!

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Carol! It was lovely having the studio filled with a group of friends - and great to see how different each hare turned out! I hope you have fabulous fun with the kits you took home with you. Jo x

In-person course
Jo Collins - - #33198

I enjoyed this course so much, being with friends in a beautiful setting, being guided by an excellent tutor and coming away with something that is beautiful and that I made myself. I couldn't recommend it enough.

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you so much for choosing my Hare Sculpture workshop for you and your friends to enjoy together. A lovely day with lovely company and, as you say, everyone went home with a special memory. Jo x

In-person course
Anne Powell - - #33120

Brilliant day &excellent course . Wonderful day .highly recommended . Great host and setting .

Response from Jo Garden Art:

Thank you Anne - it was a privilege being host to a long awaited friends craft day together! Jo x

In-person course
Sarah - - #32505

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

In-person course
Chris - - #31086

Dear Jo
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

In-person course
Beverley & James - - #31066

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

In-person course
Lisa - - #31057

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

In-person course
Paula Loveday-Smith - - #30874

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

In-person course
Beverley Neeves - - #30820

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 ;-)

In-person course
Stephanie - - #30681

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

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Becky Skene - - #30680

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

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Patti de Clifford - - #30543

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

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sally sparrow - - #30533

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!!!

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Diana newton - - #30527

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 ;-)

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Paul Bennett - - #30360

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

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Diana Heather Kirkham - - #30359

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.
Prepare for another adventure ;-) Jo x

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Jacqui Harris - - #30058

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

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Terry Reeves - - #30050

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 ;-)

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Helen Anderson - - #29576

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 ;-)

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Sam Paget - - #29561

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

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Gayle Thompson - - #29137

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!

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Elizabeth Cherry - - #28455

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

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Sandra - - #27711

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

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Baz & Jacqui Wilkinson - - #27705

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

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Mary Watson - - #27686

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

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Linda Cope - - #27659

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

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Tracy Baines - - #27372

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

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Ann-Marie Thomas - - #27370

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

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Angie Woollard - - #27357

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 ;-)

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Claire Caseley - - #27164

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 ;-)

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Adrienne Bamberger - - #26845

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 ;-)

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Rachel - - #26403

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

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Dawn Dean - - #26359

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!

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Nikki Lemieux - - #26336

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!

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Carol - - #25745

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

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Valerie Coombe - - #25707

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 ;-)

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Nicola - - #25044

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. ;-)

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Lynn - - #24962

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!

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Annette James - - #24957

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

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Sally Austin - - #24947

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.

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Maggie - - #24132

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.

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Yvonne Martin - - #24011

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.

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Sarah - - #23969

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 ;-)

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Rebecca Moulding - - #23963

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.

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Pauline Prockter - - #23962

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!

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Rachael - - #23961

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 ;-)

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