Buy a Gift Voucher

Teach your Craft

Teach your Craft

Duration: 1 day

Price: £125

Book with: Melanie Blaikie
at Melanie Blaikie

20 Burlington Road,
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 2EU

Contact course provider

About the Course

Teach Your Craft

Start a New Career!

The current revolution in learning traditional and contemporary creative skills means craft schools, cafes, clubs and arts venues are actively seeking confident and inspiring crafts teachers - could this be you?
This course will cover all the essentials you need to consider before launching your own classes.
Learn how to find customers, price your classes, create lesson plans, market yourself and run your first sucessful (and profitable...) class.

This day will cover

* Can I really be a teacher?
* When & where will I teach my classes?
* How to find customers
* Setting up your classroom
* Planning your lessons - content & timings
* Trouble shooting - things will go wrong!
* Building your business

Also, I'll share with you the many tips, tricks I've learned (and even the mistakes I've made...!) whilst building a sucessful career as a crafts instructor.

I started my career with what was probably my dream job - Diamond Valuer with DeBeers, London. I continued to become a designer for some of the biggest names in the jewellery world - Asprey, Garrad & Tiffany. I have been teaching silver clay workshops since 2004, and have also written two books, including Silver Clay Workshop, and am about to publish my third - Teach !

I am a qualified Art Clay Instructor and a certified trainer for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, so you can relax and know that I will do my utmost to ensure that the time you spend with me is a positive and enjoyable learning experience.

By the end of the day you'll be ready to start planning your first class and on the first steps to a new career!

Feedback .... 'I found the day really useful, it helped me to sort my thoughts and believe that I could actually do it, not just imagine doing it! Informative, enjoyable, motivating'

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

You will be given a folder to work through during the day & take home with you - including information sheets, exercises, tips and useful contacts.

Hot refreshments will be available all day - also included will be a light, hot lunch. Please let me know if you have any specific dietry requirements, and I will do my best to provide an alternative where possible.

We are within easy reach of Ipswich main line railway station - either on foot (20 mins) or by taxi. I can also provide limited off road parking, however additional on street parking is possible - permits are available for £3.


Review this course


Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners